The Best Exercises for Toning your Waist

Women flexing arm muscles

You’ve bought your waist trainer or waist trimmer, so now what? We all know that exercise is key to maximising your waist shaping efforts, so here’s our guide to the best exercises for toning that tummy.

Bicycle crunches

These have been labelled as one of the top exercises for toning your waist without adding bulk. Lay on the floor with your hands behind your head, without lacing your fingers together. Bring your knees up to a ninety degree angle. As you bring one knee towards you chest, lift the opposite elbow, as though you are trying to touch your knee and elbow together. Slowly release back to your starting position and repeat with the other elbow and knee. It’s really important that you don’t pull on your head or neck with your hands. Aim for three sets of up to 15 reps on each side.

Knee lifts

Sit on a step or bench with your feet flat on the floor and your hands behind you for support (so you will be leaning back slightly). Bring your knees up towards your chest, without hunching over. Lower and straighten your legs so that they are flat out in front of you. Without lowering your feet to the floor, bring your knees up again. Aim for three sets of up to 15 reps.

Side PlankPilates side plank

My personal nemesis! Lay on your side with your forearm below your shoulder and one foot on top of the other. Slowly lift your hips so that your body is in a straight line, making sure that you are not leaning forwards. Build up to holding this for one minute on each side. A top tip is to really tense your core muscles as this stops you swaying about!

Toe reaches

Lay on your back with your head flat to the floor and your legs raised straight up in the air (as though you were sitting up straight and have fallen backwards). Reach towards your toes with straight arms, aiming for as many short repetitions as you can (working towards a set of 100). When you have mastered this, you can make it more difficult by lowering your legs closer and closer to the ground for each set of reps.

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