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by Daniel Burford June 30, 2016

The best ab exercises will help you burn belly fat, tone your midsection and will often result in noticable improvements in a short period of time. Like all exercises and training, consistency is key. 

Perform these exercises 4-5 times per week in a superset with minimal rest of no more than 30 seconds between each exercise. Make sure to bookmark this page so you can easily the workout while at the gym.

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Best Ab Exercises for Women #1: Forward halfway leg lifts

With your back, butt, and legs flat and straight on the floor, lift your legs parallel and close together. Lift them together. Resist the urge to separate them. Among the many different ab exercises for women you can try, this move is all about feeling the tension in the lower part of your abdomen as well as the back of your thighs. Your thighs can get tightened, too. To maximise tension, don't go higher than 45 degrees. Make sure to keep your back straight and resist the temptation to cheat by raising your arms to your legs. Keep your arms to your sides.

Best Ab Exercises for Women #2: Full leg lifts

Once you have gotten used to forward halfway leg lifts, you need to take things up a notch and go to a 90 degree angle with these ab exercises for women. This move puts a lot of pressure on the top part of your abdomen. The secret to this exercise is to avoid the temptation to get lazy and settle for something between 90 and 45 degrees. When you do that, you're resting and you're actually not doing ab exercises for women. Instead, you're simply loafing around while looking like you're working out.

Best Ab Exercises for Women #3: Alternating side forward leg lifts

For this workout, you are doing the exact same moves as forward leg lifts except you are lifting your legs first to the left side, move down, lift to the center, move down, lift to the right, move down, and repeat. If you keep your head down, your back straight, and your arms straight to your side, this should be one of the most pressure-filled ab exercises for women you can do.

Best Ab Exercises for Women #4: Sideways knee touches

When performing ab exercises for women, it is a good idea to alternate between different workout moves. You should mix leg lift with knee touches. Sideways knee touches are quite easy: lay straight on the floor, lift your body to the side, raise your arm, stretch it over your head to touch the ground, swing it in an arc to touch your knee, and repeat. The secret to these ab exercises for women is to feel the tight tension on your abdominal side wall. If you don't feel it, you're not doing something right. Keep adjusting until you feel the pressure and tension.

Best Ab Exercises for Women #5: Pool lunges

This is a fun exercise! You need to get in a pool and squat down until you're up to your neck in water. Next, you lunge with your knee until your other foot is almost flat against the floor. When you do this, you put lots of pressure on your abs. Among the many different ab exercises for women you can try, this is one of the most low-impact-yet effective-exercises you can try. You don't feel as tired because of the water. But make no mistake about it, if you put in enough repetitions, pool lunges can help you get on the road to tight hard body abs. You should do these exercises as the last in your sequence of ab exercises for women. Doing pool lunges is a great way to wrap up a great day at the gym.

Best Ab Exercises for Women #6: Upward pelvic pushups

With your head, back, and butt against the floor, fold your knees up so your feet are against the floor. Next, raise your hips up. Keep pushing up until you can feel a tight tension in the middle to lower section of your abs. Among the many different ab exercises for women you can use to get tight abs, this exercise needs the most repetitions. Don't get me wrong-you can make great progress with this exercise-you just need to make sure the repetitions are there.

Best Ab Exercises for Women #7: Classic crunches

No list of ab exercises for women will, of course, be complete without the obligatory mention of crunches. While many women would rather not do crunches, when it comes to working out many different parts of your abdominal region, few other exercises come close to crunches. You can also do modified crunches where you don't have to raise your arms or where you don't have to raise your chest too close to your legs. Regardless of what you do, make sure you add several sets of crunches to your ab workouts so you can maximise the results you get from your ab exercises.

The secret to ab workouts doesn't revolve around intensity or even exercise type. The 'secret sauce' is in consistency and scaling up. As long as you stick to your workout consistently and you scale up your intensity from time to time, you can use these effective ab exercises for women to burn belly fat and get a tighter midsection.

Daniel Burford
Daniel Burford

Daniel Burford is the founder of Hustler Fitness and the SHREDDED Program, a 12 week program that helps men build muscle, lose fat and get shredded. Check it out by clicking here. For training, nutrition & supplement tips, follow Hustler Fitness on Facebook & Instagram.


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