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A toned core will help your body age well in the decades to come, so it’s crucial to build a strong one early on.  Developing a fit core early in life sets you up for amazing posture and a pain-free lower back

A toned stomach is like an amazing Gucci bag LOL.  It looks good, feels great and takes a ton of work to get it.  Some of us were born with it, and some of us spend our whole lives vying for it. Plus, it’s sexy.

I can tell you two killer moves to get your stomach into shape. Just keep in mind that these exercises alone won’t do it.  You need to implement cardio workout as well.

Killer Ab Move #1: The Plank

Goal: To condition your entire core

Frequency: Four times a week

Directions:

– Get into a push-up position with your forearms on the floor.

– Lift your legs and torso up off the ground so that only your toes and the flats of your forearms remain on the floor.

– Keeping your back neutral and your belly button pulled in, hold this position for 20-60 seconds.

– Repeat for 3-5 sets.

Killer Ab Move #2: Butterfly Abs

Goal: To work your deep abs while getting a flat sexy stomach

Frequency: Four times a week

Directions:

– Sit comfortably on a gym mat or carpet with your legs crossed. Using your arms to support you, slowly lie back until your body is flat, keeping your legs crossed.

– Place your hands under the nape of your neck for support. Inhale through your nose, and raise your chest a few inches off the floor while exhaling through your mouth. Your chest should be moving up toward the ceiling, not bending forward to your knees. This should be a smooth, controlled motion.

– Repeat 25 times, and as you progress, move up to 50 times.

– Tip: Do not push your head with your hands as this puts you at risk of injuring your neck. The purpose of your hands is to keep your head in alignment with your back and shoulders. You don’t want to curve your back.

Happy Six Packing, summer is coming, get it right and tight

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