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Getting Your Abs Swimsuit Ready: 4 Exercises to Try

By Virginia Laird

Finally, spring is beginning to peak through the clouds and cold air of winter. With a hint of sunshine here and there -- and in Costa Mesa, it's more here than there -- it can get anyone excited about Spring Break and the impending adventures which accompany this time of year. Many will head to the beach and the pool, but are your abs ready to be showcased in your favorite two-piece? While it may be too late to achieve six-pack abs, it isn’t too late to tone them up and get them presentable. A few exercises to consider when trying to achieve beautiful, swimsuit ready abs include:

  • Reverse crunch
  • Suitcase crunches
  • Planks
  • Leg lifts

Reverse Crunch

The reverse crunch is a great exercise for the lower abs, which can prove to be difficult to tone. This is also a great one for those who may struggle with back pain. Proper technique is necessary when using this exercise to prevent back pain and get best results.

Suitcase Crunches

What I love most about suitcase crunches is their ability to tone both the top and the bottom of the abs at the same time. These may seem extremely difficult in the beginning. However, results happen fast with these. For those who may be unfamiliar with this exercise, it is vital to know that correct form is the best way to prevent injury and pain to the back and spine.


Planks are praised as one of the best exercises for the back by many fitness professionals. This exercise helps strengthen the entire core, which can also help promote good posture. When correct form is not applied, it can lead to pain throughout the core. Take time to study the how to, before getting started.

Leg Lifts

While many believe that leg lifts are for the thighs, they offer a great deal of benefits for the abs as well. These are great for the lower abs. With a variety of variations, they can work the abs from top to bottom. As always, it is best to know how to properly do this exercise before getting started, as this is the best way to prevent injury and pain.

Now you are set to sculpt your abs into a swimsuit-worthy look. Keep in mind that it takes time, so you will need to be consistent and dedicated. Good luck and happy Spring Break!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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