Want to shed some of your belly fat in the new year, or maybe you want to tone up for the upcoming summer season, but you don’t want to move too much yet, still work on your core? Check out these 5 best lazy abs exercises shared by coach Zach Zenios from Critical Bench.
Why do they consider these exercises “lazy” ab exercises? According to Zenios, you can do them “without even moving.” In other words, these core sculpting movements are isometrics, which means they isolate the ab muscles and focus on them.
Now, keep in mind, no matter how many isometric, crunch or other AB workout you do, without proper diet and routine exercise, you’ll never be able to see the AB muscles underneath. Additionally, you must have a relatively low body fat percentage, somewhere around 12% or less, in order to be able to see them. These movements might help to give you the strength you need in your core, but if you still cannot see your abs, you need to work on losing body fat.
Food is also a large part of the ability to see your abs. You need to ensure you are maintaining a caloric deficit to be able to maintain your body fat percentage, and ensuring your ab muscles are popping through your abdominals.
Here are the 5 Best Ab Exercises to shrink your belly, by doing relatively little:
These are static hold exercises “in one position where you’re not moving and you’re going to feel that burn and you’re going to go for time,” Zenios explain.
The best lazy abs exercises in his opinion are:
- Low Boat
- Toe Reach
- Wiper Hold Left & Right
- Low Plank
- Side Plank Left & Right
Now, keep in mind, these are all “static” hold moves, which is where the isometric term comes from. If you do these movements, and hold for up to 30 seconds for each move, trust us, you’ll be feeling it. Especially during the Wiper Holds. If you want an added difficulty factor, rather than holding during the wipers, swing left and right, holding for 10 seconds to each side, then alternating.
Here is the original video by Critical Bench: