Planks strengthen your core and sculpt your midsection.
It works your rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and obliques.
The Russian twist is a great rotational dynamic core exercise for obliques and V-taper definition.
Sit with your knees bent and feet flat to perform a Russian twist. Hold a medicine ball or dumbbell in front of your chest with both hands.
The hanging leg raise is a tough but effective lower abdominal and hip flexor exercise.
For best results, I always include these muscles in core routines.
Side planks are done by lying on your right side with your legs straight and your right elbow directly under your shoulder.
Balance on your right forearm and the outside of your right foot by engaging your core and lifting your hips.
Maintain a neutral spine and straight body from head to heels. Keep your hips level in this position.
Bicycle crunches are an effective crunch variation that activates the transverse abdominis and obliques in for a complete abdominal exercise.
Bicycle crunches are done lying on your back with your hands lightly behind your head and your knees bent at 90 degrees, feet off the ground.
Engage your core and lift your head, neck, and shoulders while pressing your lower back into the floor.