No Gym, No Problem: 3 Moves to Trim and Tighten Your Waistline

There’s a reason abs are called core muscles: From getting out of bed in the morning to bending down to pet a dog, you’re constantly activating your midsection. That’s why having a strong core is so essential. Today we’re sharing our three go-to moves for sculpting tight, toned abs and a lean waistline.

These moves are all equipment-free, so you can do them anywhere and anytime.

Now, let’s work the middle. You’re going to feel amazing! Complete three circuits if you can, or simply complete one circuit if you’re pressed for time.

1. Burpees

Don’t be intimidated by this classic boot camp move. Burpees tone your core, triceps, booty and quads, all while boosting your metabolism. Stand with your feet hip-distance apart and your knees slightly bent. Jump into the air as high as you can and land softly on the balls of your feet. Lower down and jump your feet back so you’re in a plank position with your hands in line directly beneath your shoulders. Jump your feet back to the start and prepare to stand up. As you stand, jump into the air. Land softly on your feet. If you have a knee injury or aren’t comfortable jumping, feel free to skip this move. Complete 10 repetitions.

2. Side-Plank Hip Dips

Side-plank hip dips help to sculpt your waistline by targeting those hard-to-reach oblique muscles. Start positioned in a side plank, with your elbow directly beneath your shoulder and your core engaged. Lower your hips until they are a few inches above the ground, and then lift your hips up to the starting position. Complete 15 reps on each side.

3. Tummy Toners

True to its name, this move helps to strengthen your entire core. Begin in a plank position with your hands directly beneath your shoulders and your core engaged. Lift your right knee up to meet your right elbow. Slowly lower back down. Repeat with the opposite side. Complete 15 reps on each side.

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About the Author

Hoku Krueger recently graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature Studies and a minor in French Language Studies. During her time there she wrote for the Occidental Weekly and interned with The Maui News.