We all want to have that flat and well-toned midsection but no matter how many times we do those crunches or sit ups, we need more challenging exercises to really torch the fat in our midsection. One of the most effective ways to do this is to add weights to your core workouts to add resistance and to train you to be careful in using your muscles to retain balance and flexibility.
So which ab workouts with weights should you include in your fitness program? Here are a few options to consider.
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- Medicine Ball Russian Twist. Incorporating a medicine ball in your Russian Twist will bring this exercise to a whole new level. You should sit on the floor first with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, while your hands are holding a medicine ball in between with your arms stretched outwards. Lean back to 45 degrees while engaging your core. Bring the medicine ball to your left by twisting your torso towards your left. Make sure that your feet remain flat on the floor. Go back to the center then twist to the right. Keep alternating sides until you complete 10 to 12 reps.
- Low to High Wood Chop. For this exercise, you can either use a medicine ball or a dumbbell. Stand straight with your feet at hip-width apart and your hand holding a medicine ball. Go into a squat with the ball on the outside of your left leg. Push down on your feet to rise up but twist your torso to the right as you extend the ball towards your upper right shoulder. Pivot your left foot accordingly. Go back to your first position. Since this is a percussive movement, you need to pay attention to the way your body twists. Do not let your body give in to the momentum of your swing but rather control your movements to torch your midsection.
- Medicine Ball Side Rotation. Another core workout that uses weight is the medicine ball side rotation. For this exercise, you should stand at least three feet away from a wall and facing it sideways. Hold the medicine ball in both hands and at the same height as your chest and your arms extended before you. Twist your torso to the right while holding the ball then twist once more going to the left. As you twist to the left, throw the ball against the wall as hard as you can then catch it on rebound. Twist to the right and repeat.
- Standing Weighted Twist. Stand straight with your knees slightly bent and your hands holding a dumbbell at chest level. While keeping your pelvis stable, twist your ribcage towards your right while pulling your core towards your spine. Make sure that you don’t twist your pelvis for this exercise. Go back to your first position then rotate towards the left.
These ab exercises with weights are guaranteed to torch some serious fat in your midsection so you can achieve that leaner core in no time.