8 effective exercises for tightening different muscles in your stomach

#5. Side Plank and Rotate

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– Start in a side plank position, with your right shoulder over your elbow, your body in a straight line in reach your left hand toward the ceiling.

– Twist your torso forward and slowly place your left arm under your body.

– Repeat and then switch sides.



#6. Leg Raises

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– Lie down on a flat surface or mat.

– Start with your legs straight, then come up.

– Touch your toes, and then let your torso fall back down

– Bring your legs up into the air, touching your toes again.



#7. Corkscrew

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– Tighten your abdominals. Inhale and scoop your abdominals inwards, while pressing your hands into the mat. Think about pressing your navel to your spine. Use your muscles to scoop your abdominals inwards, rather than “sucking in.”

– Lift your hips. Slowly lift your hips, placing your legs above your head, parallel to your body and the floor. Point your toes out towards the top of the mat. Do not let your legs touch your face.

– Take your legs to the side. Inhale and lift your legs. Keep your legs together, and move your legs to the right side of your body. You should only take your legs slightly to the right, not too far to the ground.

– Bring your legs down. Exhale and allow your legs to come back down. Bring them down until they reach a 45 degree angle with the mat. Keep your thighs and knees pressed together as you bring your legs down.

#8. Scissor Crunches

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– Lie face up on the floor with your legs extended over your hips, toes pointed, hands behind your head.

– Open your legs into a straddle position, only as wide as you can go without allowing your lower-back to arch.

– Use your inner-thigh muscles to bring your legs together.

– Continue squeezing your inner thighs as you cross your lead leg over your right and lift your head and shoulders off the floor.

– Lower your head to the floor as you return to your straddle position.

– Repeat the move, alternating your lead leg.