There’s a myriad of ways to achieve toned, flat abs, but let’s face it: it can be hard to target the lower abs! We tend to work the upper abdominals and obliques with any ab-exercise, but this isn’t usually the case with the lower part of our belly.

The movements you do significantly affect the way your abdominal muscles are activated, so it’s crucial to know the perfect exercises that engage your lower abs.

Here are the best exercises to work your entire core and lower abdomen and get the abs you’ve been dreaming of!

1. Warrior Balance

Here’s how to do the warrior balance pose:

  • Stand on your right foot and raise your left knee up to hip height in front of your body.
  • Reach your upper body forward as you straighten your left leg behind. Slightly bend your right leg as your torso becomes in line with the ground. Extend your arms straight overhead.
  • Stay in the position before returning back to starting.
  • Repeat until you feel the burn, then repeat on the other side.

2. Bicycle Crunch

Here’s how to do bicycle crunches:

  • Sit on a mat with hands behind the head, knees bent, and feet lifted a few inches off the floor.
  • Lift your chest up and maintain a straight back. Make sure to engage your abs.
  • Twist your torso to bring your right elbow to the left knee as you extend your right leg.
  • Repeat on the left, and alternate the sides until you feel the burn.

3. Mountain Climber

Here’s how to do mountain climbers:

  • Get into the high plank position.
  • Keep your body straight and bend your right knee, drawing it toward your chest, in between your arms. Make sure to engage your abs and keep your core tight.
  • Lower your right foot and simultaneously bend your left knee, repeating the motion.
  • Alternate the sides as fast as you can while maintaining a straight body.

4. Straight Leg Lift

Here’s how to do straight leg lifts:

  • Lie on your back with your hands at the sides and your feet extended.
  • Tighten your abs and raise your legs toward the ceiling, aiming for a 90-degree angle.
  • Stay in the position as you maintain a tightened core.
  • Slowly lower your legs to the floor.
  • Repeat until you feel the burn.

5. Heel Tap

Here’s how to do heel taps:

  • Lie on your back with hands at the sides and knees bent at a 90-degree angle so that your lower legs are parallel to the floor (tabletop position).
  • Slowly lower your right leg until your foot is just barely touching the floor.
  • Brace your abs tight to lift your leg back to the tabletop position.
  • Repeat on the other leg.

6. V-up

Here’s how to do V-ups:

  • Lie on your back with your hands straightened overhead and your feet extended.
  • Keep a straight back as you pull your abs toward the spine.
  • Raise your feet toward the ceiling as you lift your arms and upper body up and forward, making a V sign with your body. Aim to reach for your toes with your hands.
  • Stay in the position for a few seconds before slowly lowering yourself down.
  • Repeat until you feel the burn.

7. Roll-up

Here’s how to do roll-ups:

  • Lie on your back with your hands straightened overhead and your feet extended.
  • Exhale, and raise your arms up and forward as you roll-up your body into a sitting position, bracing your abs tight.
  • Squeeze your abs as you lower down to the starting position.
  • Make sure to keep your back straight.
  • Repeat until you feel the burn.

8. Plank Hop

Here’s how to do plank hops:

  • Get into the high plank position with feet together and hands beneath the shoulders.
  • Brace your core tight and jump your feet forward and to your right so that your knees are brought toward the right elbow.
  • Jump back to the plank position, then jump your feet forward to the left.
  • Alternate the sides as fast as you can without dropping your hips until you feel the burn.

9. Rolling Plank

Here’s how to do rolling planks:

  • Get into the elbow plank position with your elbows directly underneath the shoulders.
  • Stay in the position for 10 seconds.
  • Brace your core and engage your obliques as you roll on to your right elbow, stacking your feet.
  • Stay in the position for 10 seconds before rolling back to the center.
  • Repeat on the other side.
  • Alternate the sides until you feel the burn. Make sure to not let your hips drop low.

Here’s a valuable tip: before you get down to the real work, warm up your core first by breathing through your belly. Work your abs after with these exercises to help you develop a nice, firm tummy.

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