Tone your tum

Put your core training in the fast lane with these ab-tastic moves.

It may not be bikini season any longer, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to work on your abs.

After all, a flat, toned tummy looks great under a body-skimming party dress and a firm tum can help you ooze confidence all night long.

If your core work involves doing a bazillion sit-ups at the end of your session, it’s time to change up your routine. Although tummy exercises alone won’t trim your waistline, a combination of a healthy diet and a smart exercise regime definitely will. And, with the help of these three nifty moves, you’ll reveal sculpted abs once you’ve ditched the fat.

These moves target all the different muscles in your mid-section. Try them with 30 seconds’ rest between each set to get your stomach working hard.

Kit you’ll need:

3-5kg medicine ball

Stability ball

Beginner: 3 x 8 reps

Intermediate: 3 x 12 reps

Advanced: 4 x 12 reps


Keep your core tight to protect your back



¦ Lie on your back with your arms and legs outstretched.

¦ Keeping your arms and legs straight, lift them toward the ceiling, reaching your hands to your toes.

¦ Lower and repeat.



¦ Sit with your feet raised and your back almost upright.

¦ Slowly extend your legs out in front of you and recline your back slightly.

¦ Crunch to bring your body back to the start position and repeat.



¦ Lie on a stability ball with your feet on the floor, holding a medicine ball just above your chest.

¦ Raise your upper back and shoulders off the ball.

¦ Lower and repeat.


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