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10 Highly Effective Abs Exercises to Do at Home

From side-leg bananas to a criss-cross bicycle, these fat-burning exercises are a sure-shot way to tone up.

Diya J Verma
Celebrity Master Pilates Trainer, Radhika Karle, whose impressive roster of clients includes Bollywood biggies such as Sonam Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Nargis Fakhri etc, shares her at-home workout to rapidly get rid of unwanted belly-fat.
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    HUNDREDS
     
    "This is by far the best ab warm-up exercise. The Hundreds exercise gets the breathing going, while keeping the core and abdominals engaged. When performing this exercise, remember to focus on keeping the lower back in a neutral position."

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    HUNDREDS

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    DOUBLE LEG STRETCH
     
    "Increasing the lever length really challenges the abdominals in this traditional mat-Pilates exercise. When practicing this exercise, ensure that the arms and legs move away from the centre, while the torso stays in the same position."

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    DOUBLE LEG STRETCH

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    CRISS-CROSS/BICYCLE
     
    "This is the best route to get the abdominals and obliques toned, while challenging your core muscles too. While performing this exercise, attempt to reach towards your armpit, while rotating your hip in the opposite direction." 

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    SIDE LEG BANANAS
     
    "Here is a fun, as well as challenging way to get the obliques working, to whittle that waistline speedily! The key is to stay balanced on the bottom hip bone."

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    ROLL OVER
     
    "Challenging both abdominal strength and spinal flexibility, the Roll Over exercise targets the lower abs i.e. the stubborn area. Try to have your sit bones (the bony joints in your butt) reach towards the ceiling, while attempting to avoid your thighs from collapsing on your chest."

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    OPPOSITE ARM-LEG REACH WITH ABDUCTION-ADDUCTION
     
    "In the 'all fours' position, you have to fight gravity to really challenge the abdominals muscles! Focus on drawing your belly-button into your spine to keep the pelvis steady, while the arms and legs move."

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    NECK PULL
     
    "Attempt this super-advanced exercise for washer-board abs! This one is all about Core Control. The key is to stay engaged through the entire back chain of the body. Press your legs into the mat, and the head into the hands."

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    NECK PULL

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    TEASER
     
    "I can safely say, this is the famous brutal Pilates abdominal strengthening exercise, which is sure to get you those six-pack abs in no time. But do keep in mind, the slower you go, the more control and strength you have, resulting in flatter abs."

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    SIDE BEND TWIST
     
    "Adding a rotation to a side-plank exercise further works the obliques, to get that shapely Sonam Kapoor waistline! The core needs to stay engaged, so only rotate from the torso, while the hips stay stacked."

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    SIDE BEND TWIST

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    LEG PULL DOWN
     
    "Any exercise which starts in the plank position is most certainly going to get the abdominals to kick in and work. Adding in a plank while moving the legs is going to give the abs a serious burn, while flattening them out. Remember, the tighter you keep the 'corset' around your middle, the more stable and steady you get."
     
    Want to try these belly-reducing exercises and more, reach out to Radhika’s Balanced Body for a wide variety of classes and workouts:
    Instagram – @radhikasbalancedbody
    FaceBook – Radhika’s Balanced Body
    Twitter - @RadhikaKarle

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