Dumbbell chop-- an exercise that will perfectly sculpt your core

Do three sets of 15 repetitions of this exercise on each side and you will get those killer abs.

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. The secret to sculpted abs is to work out consistently in different planes of motion and adding weights to your workout. Here is an exercise that puts these principles into action using a dumbbell or a medicinal ball. So incorporate dumbbell chop into your next workout routine to get your abs in action.

The wood chop is a dynamic exercise that works your obliques and your upper abs while keeping your heart rate up. It defines the tummy muscles and promotes a strong and healthy back. Fitness expert Roshni Shah tells you how you can do it.


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  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
  • Grab a dumbbell and hold it with both your hands above your right shoulder. You can use a 2 to 4.5kg dumbbell or even a medicinal ball.
  • Swing the dumbbell down while bending at your hips. Swing it in such a way that it is on the outside of your left knee.
  • Then bring the weight back to the starting position to complete one repetition.
  • Do three sets of 15 repetitions of this exercise on each side.

Make sure you warm up before you start this workout. Warming up helps prepare your body, both physically and physiologically, for a strenuous session of exercise. It also helps ready your muscles, sufficiently increasing blood circulation to them and prevents injuries. Also, try leg raise to get flat abs.

Bonus tip:

One thing that you ve to keep in mind is that no amount of abdomen exercises will help you get flat abs unless you get rid of the fat that s deposited around that area. The only proper way to do this is to follow a balanced, healthy diet and copious amounts of cardio. Follow these tips and get those dream washboard abs you ve always wanted.

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