Murdering your muffin top and more.

For many men and women, the abs are a huge area of focus for working out. The abdominals for most people are an area where they carry the most fat so logically, they are looking for exercises that target that specifically. Here is a great article from exercise experts on how to work out these areas of the body.

When most people think “abs,” they think the muffin top that blooms over the top of too-tight pants. But abdominals, a set collectively known as the core, includes the many interconnected muscles that run up the back and stretch down to the butt and the front and inner thighs, says Michele Olson, PhD, professor of physical education and exercise science at Auburn University-Montgomery, Alabama.

Here are 24 moves, from simple to killer, that will keep your daily core workouts interesting!

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You’ll get more from your Pilates, yoga, or core-focused moves-meaning a slimmer, flatter belly-by following these tips:

.Move from your waist. Whenever you twist, make sure the movement happens from your bottom rib up. Keep hips still.
.Tighten up. Throughout each move, you should feel a tightening, similar to zipping up a pair of tight jeans, from one hip bone to the other.
.Exhale deeply. To help strengthen your abs and protect your lower back, be sure to exhale thoroughly with every breath.

Watch the video: How to Do Plank Hip Dips  

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Source: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20664616,00.html

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