Getting a six pack set of abs is incredibly difficult, particularly for women. One of the reasons for this is that belly fat is the last fat to go, which means it will take a long time for your muscles to show. However, even if you don’t intend to build a full six pack and just want to get rid of the fat, you need to do abs exercises. So what are some of the best exercises to lose belly fat?
The Lunge Twist
The lunge twist is a great move that targets the obliques, the abs, the quads and the glutes. Stand straight, feet, hips and shoulders in line (aligned position), and slightly bend your knees. Keep your elbows bent at a 90 degree angle by the side of your hips. Move your right leg forward into a lunge and when your left knee nearly touches the floor, rotate your torso and your arms to the right. Then move back the the center and return to a straight position. Repeat on the left side. Aim to complete 16 reps of each side.
The Step Hop
The step hop targets your abs, but also your legs and your glutes. Stand, once again, with a fully aligned body and put your hands on your hips. Use your right food to step forward and then lift your other knee all the way up to your hip, then hop on your supporting right leg. Land with both feet on the floor, back in aligned position. Repeat on the other side. Try, again, to complete 16 reps on both sides.
The Shot Put
The shot put is an excellent move that targets most of your core muscles, being the abs, obliques, glutes and legs, as well as your arms. Stand in fully aligned position. Bend your right elbow, placing your hand by the side of your ear. Your left arm should reach out to your shoulder. Take a lunge with your right leg and rotate your upper body towards the right as well. Use your right foot to push yourself back into standing position, while pivoting your body to the left. At the same time, extend your right arm, which should still be by your ear, in a diagonal manner. Repeat 16 times and then switch side. Effectively, you are moving in the same way as you would if you were to throw a shot.
The Lunge Reach
The lunge reach is the first of the intermediate moves and it targets your abs, your butt, your shoulders and your quads. Stand in aligned position with your arms by your side. Lunge with your left leg and bend both your knees, trying to achieve a 90 degree angle. Reach your arms towards the ground. Then push off your forward leg (the left one) hard, so you are once again in aligned position and raise your arms over your head. Repeat on the other side. Aim for eight reps on both sides.
The Hands Up Hop
This move targets your abs, your legs, your arms and your butt. Stand in aligned position and place your hands on your hips. Step forward with your left leg and lift your right knee up until it is at the same height as your knee, then hop on the left leg and lift your arms over your head. Land back down in the starter position. Aim for 20 reps on each side.
The Discus Throw
This move targets your abs, arms, butt, obliques and legs. Stand in aligned position and extend your arms sideways until they are at shoulder height. Lunge rightwards with your right leg and rotate your torso in the same direction. At the same time, shift your weight to the left and bend your knee, pushing off this leg until you hop up. Then, turn leftwards and swing your right arm. Effectively, you are moving in the same way as a discus thrower. Do ten reps on the right side, then switch sides.
The Jump Lunge
The first advanced move is the jump lunge, targeting abs, arms, legs and butt. Stand aligned, keeping your arms straight over your head. Lunge forward with your left until your right knee almost touches the floor, then jump straight up. In midair, swap legs so you land in the other position. Do 12 reps on either side.
The Squat Jump
This move targets your abs, arms, legs and butt. Stand in aligned position, squat down, lift your arms and jump up. Repeat 12 times.