5 Exercises That Will Show Your Lower Belly Who’s Boss

Before starting to work on your lower abs, you should be aware that all abs-strengthening moves are not created equal. Some of the exercises are much more effective in working those tough muscles.

We offer you a set of exercises created by celebrity trainer Michelle Lovitt, an Asics America conditioning coach that specifically target the area of your lower belly.

Follow the instructions of the next exercises:

  1. ROLLING PLANK

Benefits: Improves strength throughout your core—especially in your lower abs and as a bonus it builds lower back strength.

Instructions:

–           Starting position – A) plank position with a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles

–           B) Rotating to your left side (side plank) hold for 10 seconds,

–           C) Return into a right side plank and hold for another 10 seconds to complete one rep.

  1. CROSS-BODY MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

Benefits: As a multi-tasking move it works your whole body, L

Targets: Your lower abs, engaging your abdominals and oblique muscles, and at the same time your hips and low back.

Instructions:

–           Starting position – A) pushup position with your arms completely straight and your body in a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles

–           B) Lifting your right knee, bring it to your left elbow

–           Lowering right leg, raise your left knee toward your right elbow, to complete one rep.

  1. ROLL-UP

Benefits: This an amazing overall abs exercise keeps your pelvis stable

Targets: Deep abdominal muscles in your lower abs.

Instructions:

–           Starting position – A) Laying flat with your legs together, your feet flexed at the ankles, and your arms reaching back close to your ears.

–           Inhaling with control, bring your arms forward, as backs of your shoulders are planted on the mat (the back is flat).

–           B) Continue inhaling, lifting your head through your arms and roll up and forward, one vertebra at a time

–           C) Exhaling with control moving forward, reach your arms across the room and try to touch your forehead to your knees

–           In reverse movements, inhale with control back to position A, to complete one rep.

  1. SWISS BALL JACKKNIFE

Targets: those tricky muscles in your lower belly, plus it works your rectus abdominus (as in, your six-pack muscles), hips, and low back.

Instructions:

–           Starting position – A) pushup position with your shins resting on a Swiss ball.

–           B) Roll the Swiss ball toward your chest by pulling it forward with your feet, keeping your lower back posture,

–           Hold this position, then return the ball to the starting position, to complete one rep.

  1. HANGING LEG RAISE

Benefits: Tackles your lower abs

Targets: Deep psoas muscle, your low back, and your lower abs.

Instructions:

–           Starting position – A) hang from the chin-up bar with an overhand shoulder-width grip, and with your knees slightly bent and feet together

–           B) At the same time bend your knees, raising your hips, and curling your lower back underneath you as you lift your thighs toward your chest.

–           Hold this position when your thighs are at the highest position, then slowly lower your legs, returning to the starting position.