Ab exercises that cinch and sculpt your stomach -- no crunches required! You'll need a 5- to 8- pound dumbbell for this workout.
-Hey, FITNESS Magazine. This is Jackie Warner and I'm here to show you my new crunch-free extreme abs routine. Anybody that knows me knows that I hate doing crunches, so, let's do this. Alright, let's go into the first move. This is a side bend with a press. So, we're working the shoulder and we're working the obliques. So, really get down as close to your knee as possible and press up to the ceiling. Do about 30 repetitions and then switch sides, and up. Good. You should really feel that stretch right through the obliques and in the shoulder and the medial delt right here. Alright, let's go to the next one. Okay, for this move, I want you to go into a semi squat and this is a simple trunk twist. Only move your trunk. We're working the entire trunk area, the core, and you need to really, really squeeze. Turn to the side. Turn to the side. Do about 30 repetitions in total. I'm already feeling it. You should feel it about now and that's about 10 to 12 repetitions, and just keep going to the 30 until you're finished. Okay, this is one of my favorites. This is a wood chop knee raise. You simply bring the weight to the knee and go right into a wood chop, so, knee, wood chop. Now, I want you to really squeeze and flex. Now, do about 15 repetitions on one side, just give a little toe tap to the side, really raise, you're in a diagonal, and then I want you to switch sides, and do 15 repetitions on the other side, for a total of 30 repetitions. Okay, this one's a little more challenging because you have to hold that split squat. So, leg behind you, bring the dumbbell up to your head in the head and a headbanger move, and then I want you to really, really squeeze and ram that back out. Come up and squeeze, up and squeeze. Good. Do 15 repetitions of this and then you wanna switch legs and switch sides, alright? Okay, the next one is a curtsy tap with a punch. So, you wanna curtsy and punch out directly to the side; standing position, curtsy, and punch. What I love about my DVD is that we work lower body and upper body along with the core--very effective for fat burn. So, get about 15 repetitions on one side and then switch to the other side.