The Desire for the Perfect Stomach (Part 2: Upper Abs)

If you’ve read the previous post you’ll know all about what will be coming up in the next few minutes of reading. Summer has always been a time when we want to be in perfect shape, look great for the beach and just be able to feel comfortable in our bodies as well as being able to flaunt all our assets.

This is where the ab exercises come in, I’ve always wanted the perfect stomach for the summer, always wanted to able to show off what I’ve got! However, it’s not exactly the easiest thing so with some help I studied the abs a bit more and how I can train them to have a perfect beach tummy.

This blog post we will cover the upper abs, which is what gives you the basic flat front of the stomach and once you add some lower abs exercises into the mix you will have a flat stomach.

Wide leg cross sit ups are somewhat similar to normal sit ups however I find them a lot more fun, and they work your upper abs rather than lower.
To begin you lie down and put your legs wide apart, then you use your core to pull yourself up into a sitting position and reach for your left foot with your right hand. Lie back down and stretch both your arms over your head, come back up and reach both hands between your legs. Back down again stretch and this time reach for your right foot with your left hand. This is one rep and you want to repeat it between 5-10 times for 3 sets, don’t forget a 30 second rest between each set!

Next we have tabletop crunches, I’ve always found these a bit of a funny exercise because it doesn’t only work your upper abs but a bit of your legs as you’ve got to keep them elevated for the reps.
You want to put your legs up as though they were on a chair/table at a 90 degree angle. Then you proceed to do crunches, put your hands behind your head and rest your head in your fingers. Keep your neck relaxed as you don’t want to pull yourself up using your neck or arms, otherwise you’ll be incredibly sore and stiff later on. You contract your stomach and pull yourself up using your upper abs lift your shoulders up off the ground as far as you can. Do this for 3 sets of 10 reps, with a 30 second rest between each set.

Crunches, similar to tabletop crunches just without keeping your legs up.
You lie on the floor out your legs up to a comfortable position. You can then either cross your arms over your chest or rest them behind your head. Like with the table top crunches make sure you do not strain your neck but let your abs do the work. Now lift your shoulders off the floor as far as you can, some people can lift them higher than others so don’t worry about it too much if you can’t get off the ground as far as someone else. You want to do 20-30reps for 3sets, if that’s too easy bump up the amount of reps and remember the 30second rest!

Pike planks are lots of fun and quite funny looking, which makes it double the amount of fun.
To do a pike plank go into the planking position then stick your bum up all whilst keeping your back and legs straight. When you move into the V shaped position be sure to keep your shoulders and upper arms aligned with the rest of your back. Alternate between the planking position and where your bum sticks up and do 20reps for 3sets, all whilst remembering the 30 second rest between each set.

Hope you enjoy working on your upper abs and I’ll post a follow up post on lower abs soon and you will soon have the perfect stomach for the beach! All the best!

Nina (:

The Desire for the Perfect Stomach (Part 2: Upper Abs)

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