Getting that tight and sculpted abs doesn’t happen overnight. You will need to work hard for it to achieve your desired results. You’ve probably spent a lot of hours in the gym doing weight lifting and crunch workouts but sometimes, getting results doesn’t always mean having to use the same old techniques. As a matter of fact, you can actually work on your core muscles regardless of whether you are at home, in a hotel, or even the outdoors. How is this possible? Well, here are four vertical abs workouts that are worth considering.
- Standing Bicycle. Stand up straight with your feet together and your knees bent slightly. Place your hands behind your head then raise the heel of your left foot. Engage your core muscles as you lift your left knee while at the same time rotating your torso to bring right elbow towards the left knee. Go back to first position and repeat 20 times. Switch sides.
- Leaning Lifting Crunch. Stand straight with feet positioned together, arms overhead with palms crossing one another, and your knees bent slightly. Lean your torso towards the right to stretch your left side. Brace your abdominal muscles as you lean towards your left while raising left leg out to the side with your toes pointed. Go back to first position and repeat the exercise 20 times. Switch legs and do the same number of reps.
- Extended Toe Touch. Again, this is an exercise that can be done in an upright position. Stand up straight and on your right leg. Make sure that your weight is evenly balanced on your right foot. Bend your knee a bit with your left leg extended a bit lower and behind your hip. Extend right arm towards the ceiling with palm positioned forward. Extend your spine slightly to lift chest then raise left leg as high as you can with your right arm reaching upwards as much as you can. Sweep your left leg forward with your right hand reaching for the left toes. Go back to the first position and repeat 10 times. Switch to the other leg.
- Rotating Deadlift. Start this exercise by doing a split stance with your left foot positioned forward, your hands placed behind your head, and your knees bent slightly. Tighten your core muscles then hinge forward from your hips. Make sure that your spine is straight until your upper body is parallel to the floor. As you go back up, rotate your torso towards the left. Look back over your shoulder during the twist. Go back to first position and repeat the exercise 15 times. Switch leg and repeat the workout.
These are just a few examples of vertical ab workouts that can produce amazing results. Integrating these exercises to your daily regimen will help you achieve those tight and sculpted abdominal muscles that will be the envy of others. And because you will only use your body weight to execute these exercises, you don’t have to spend anything at all.