When you use dumbbells to work your abs, it makes it stronger and curbs excess fat stored in the abdominal muscles. If you are determined to use weights such as dumbbells to tone your abs, you should be smart enough to control it. In addition, challenging your core muscles to maintain stability to offset your balance is equally important. As abs muscles work in every direction, it is important to work different rotations in addition to different stability moves. These workouts largely contribute towards toning your abs from all directions. The workouts discussed below are effective as they stabilize the core and also improve overall strength. Performing these workouts for 10 reps of 2 to 3 sets tightens and tones your abs.
- Reverse Wood Chop: This workout requires you to stand tall with feet placed at shoulder width distance. Take a dumbbell and try holding it with both hands outside the left ankle. Thereafter, brace your abs and pull the dumbbell upward towards your right shoulder at one go as you rotate the torso towards the right. The movement should be reversed so as to return to the initial position. Finish 10 reps to your right side and follow the same process on the other side.
- Leaning Camel: Begin by standing on your knees. If it hurts you can use a mat or towel, fold it up and kneel on it for some cushioning. Ensure that your thighs are parallel. Use a 5 to 8 pound dumbbell on each hand in front of you. Breathe in and as you breathe out, lean backwards. Squeeze your glutes and make use of your abs to position your spine. Breathe in and bring your torso back to the initial position. Follow this procedure for 15 times and complete 3 sets.
- Seated Russian Twist: Hold a dumbbell in each hand and sit on the floor by bending your knees. Your heels should be placed about a foot distance from your buttock. Lean back a bit without rotating your spine. This is indeed important although it may be difficult to place your back in a straight position. Pull the navel towards your spine and slowly twist towards the left. Bring the weight on the left side. Breathe in and rotate towards the right and complete 16 rotations. To make this move slightly tougher, you can lift your feet about a few inches off the ground.
- Plank and Rotate: Place yourself in a plank pose and hold a 5 pound dumbbell in each hand. Keep your wrists stiffened as it helps in protecting the joints. Now, open your feet wider and it should be hip width distance. Raise your left hand towards the ceiling and twist through your whole torso. When your pelvis rotates, you need to balance it without allowing it to drop or rise. Your left hand needs to be brought back to the ground. Do 10 reps to complete each set.
Thus, these are four ways that effectively works on your abs to make it stronger and toned with the help of dumbbells.