How can I tone my abs?

There are many exercises, other than the basic crunch, that tone your abs. Watch James Wiggins and Heather Carty, of Memorial Hospital Jacksonville's H.E.A.R.T Fitness Center, explain and demonstrate easy ab exercises.
Curls and sit-ups can definitely help tone your abs, but a new study suggests something else might work better. Seems counterintuitive, but working your upper body may be the quickest path to a really sculpted middle.

In a study, women did isometric exercises for their stomach, back, shoulders and arms while researchers measured muscle activity. The results? Shoulder extensions made middle-body muscles contract most -- apparently they work extra hard to stabilize your trunk when your wings are flapping.

Some more ways to get your midsection, and whole body into mint condition:
  • Roll out the ball. For strong core muscles and better balance, do tummy and back toners on an exercise ball.
  • Add resistance. Use weights or resistance bands for extra burn.

Continue Learning about Ab/Core Exercises

Exercises to Keep Up Core Strength
Exercises to Keep Up Core Strength
The 1979 film The China Syndrome, reporters (Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas) discover the cover-up of a potential nuclear plant disaster—or China synd...
Read More
How do I perform an abdominal stretch on a ball?
Diane Armstrong, NASM Elite TrainerDiane Armstrong, NASM Elite Trainer
Start1. Place back on ball.Movement2. Drape body over ball and extend legs and arms until stretch is...
More Answers
How do I perform a reverse hyper?
National Academy of Sports MedicineNational Academy of Sports Medicine
Lie face down on a bench with your upper body supported on the bench and your lower body suspend...
More Answers
What Is a Good Exercise to Flatten My Belly?
What Is a Good Exercise to Flatten My Belly?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.