Health & Fitness

The Beach Body Workout: 4 Exercises For Strong, Toned Abs

New York Smash Magazine  


Building strong abdominals can ease back pain, improve posture and prevent injuries. Another major perk? You’ll look and feel even better in that bathing suit this summer.

For a sizzling beach body, here are four key exercises that can help you achieve a tight and toned core, provided by the fitness experts at Reebok Sports Club/NY.

See all 21 tips to a solid core by downloading Reebok Sports Club/NY’s complimentary e-book “21 Exercises to a Solid Core” here.

Side Plank

Side Plank Reebok Sports Club/NY

Side Plank

Start in a high-plank position. Keep core tight.

Step 1: Lift right arm and twist up to the right so your right arm is pointing straight up towards the ceiling.

Step 2: Reverse the movement and return to starting position.

Step 3: Repeat the movement on the left side.

Tip: Do 20 reps on each side.

Diagonal Birddog

Diagonal Birddog Reebok Sports Club/NY

Diagonal Birddog

Step 1: Inhale and draw your belly into spine. Exhale and take your right arm forward without changing spine. Inhale and reinforce belly into spine. Exhale and take left leg straight back to hip height. Move right arm and left leg out simultaneously and hold for 10-20 seconds.

Step 2: Bring them back in under your belly together, touch, and back out again.

Tip: Repeat on each side and do four on each side.

Lateral Kettlebell Drags

Lateral Kettlebell Drags Reebok Sports Club/NY

Lateral Kettlebell Drags

Using a kettlebell, get into a tall plank (push-up position) with feet and hands shoulder-width apart. Make sure the kettlebell is perpendicular to your left side. Keep your shoulders down and back, glutes tight, as well as abs, to resist rotation during exercise.

Step 1: Using your right hand, grab the kettlebell and drag it underneath your chest with as much power as possible so it ends up in the same position on your right side.

Step 2: Using your left hand, pull it back in the same way so it ends up where it started on the other side.

Tip: Repeat using your left hand to drag it to your left side. Do 3 sets of 10 reps.

Mason Twist

Mason Twist Reebok Sports Club/NY

Mason Twist

You need an 8-12 pound medicine ball. Sitting with knees bent and feet held slightly above the ground, hold the medicine ball with two hands at center.

Step 1: Twist your body right and bring the medicine ball over to your right side. Keep head facing forward, just twisting your torso.

Step 2: Twist your torso back to the center and over to the left side. Repeat.

Tip: Do 3 sets of 20. Increase medicine ball weight to make this more difficult.