Abdominal workouts alone do not burn belly fat. If fat loss is your goal always incorporate strength training and interval training into your routines for optimal results.
So, if you’re watching your caloric intake and working with weights and intervals to get the fat off your body as a whole, you’ll want those abs to be rock hard so that once the fat is off they’ll shine through in all their glory. Here’s a few great exercises to get your abs ready for their unveiling once your body fat percentage has dropped low enough for them to appear.
1. Reverse Crunches Lying supine on the floor supporting yourself with your hands at your sides palms to the floor and your head lifted, lift your legs slowly up and curl your body until your knees reach your nose. Curl slowly back until your legs are hovering just above the floor. Repeat as many reps as possible.
2. Supine Bicycles Lying supine on the floor, hands behind head for support and elbows out, push your left leg straight out while the right leg bends in and you twist and crunch up with your torso to meet your right knee with your left elbow. Come down to the start position and repeat with the opposite move (left knee meets right elbow), and continue in a bicycling motion. Remember to push your straightening leg straight out away from your body not up. Repeat as many as possible.
3. Supine Hip Lifts Lying supine on the floor raise both legs straight up towards the ceiling. Now put both hands behind your head for support and simultaneously lift your hips and crunch with your upper body. Remember when lifting your hips that the motion is one of trying to push your feet through the ceiling, not towards your face (straight up and down, and keep your legs as straight as possible). Repeat as many as possible.
4. Supine Leg Thrusts Similar to Hip Lifts, this one takes it one step further. Lying supine on the floor, hands supporting you at your sides, palms down, straighten and raise both legs to a 45 degree angle from your body. From this position, bring your legs straight up to a 90 degree angle and then lift your hips so your feet are heading towards the ceiling. Be careful not to do this all in one move, you should bring your legs to 90 degrees first and only THEN lift your hips, pushing your feet at the ceiling. Then lower your hips and return your legs only as far as the 45 degree angle. Your legs should never go closer to the floor than the 45 degree angle. Repeat as many as possible.
Please remember that all of these moves should be done in a slow and controlled manner. No rushing through it. Be very methodical in all your motions.
One note to remember: if you are feeling any undue stress on your lower back while doing these exercises it would be a good idea to see your doctor before continuing with these exercises. You would also be wise to research and incorporate some lower back strengthening exercises into your routine before continuing with these lower abdominal moves.