If those sit-ups aren't getting you any closer to your dream of getting washboard abs, it is time you add some weights to your exercise routine. Fitness expert Sagar Pednekar from Gold’s Gym India has put together dumbbell exercises that will sculpt your abs in no time.
Side dumbbell bends: Stand up straight holding a dumbbell in your left hand and keeping your right hand on your waist. Keep your back straight and bend down at your waist to the right. Hold the bent position for a moment and then come back to the starting position. Then, bend on your left. Complete 20 reps of this exercise to get rid of the fat around your midsection.
Abdominal crunches: Ab crunches: Hold the dumbbells in each hand while performing ab crunches. The extra weight creates more resistance and helps tone your core muscles too. Perform three sets of 15 repetitions of this exercise.
Bent over rows: Hold a pair of dumbbells. Stand with your feet and shoulders hip-width apart, bend your knees and torso slightly to the front and stay at a 45-degree angle to the floor. After few seconds (or counting up to 10) get back to your initial position to complete one rep. Complete 1 set of 20 repetitions to tone your abdominal muscles.
Squat: Hold a dumbbell in each hands and stand up straight. Your palms should be on the side Now slowly bend your knees to squat with your thighs parallel to the floor. However, make sure that your knees are not extending beyond your toes. Do ten sets of 8 repetitions to get rid of the fat from your lower abdomen.
Archer row: Grab one dumbbell and get into a pushup position with your hands under your shoulders and your body forming a straight line from your head to your heels. With your right palm on the floor, hold the dumbbell in your left hand and perform a row. Do it 10 times and then repeat on the other side.