Lose Your Pooch! 5 Best Exercises for Lower Abs

The following exercises will help you lose your pooch by strengthening and tightening your core, meaning that tight pair of jeans will finally fit like a dream.

Perform the following lower ab exercises with about 45 seconds of rest between each set. Beginners should perform 1 set of each exercise before moving on, while those who are more advanced should aim for 3 sets before continuing. Complete the routine 2-3 times a week, with at least 1 day of rest in between.

We’ve included videos showing you each movement, and all can be done at home with no equipment (an exercise mat is helpful, though).

Read on for the 5 best exercises for lower abs and get ready to say goodbye to that pooch!

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Mountain Climbers

  1. Begin in a pushup position with your arms extended.
  2. Bring one knee forward to your chest while keeping your opposite leg straight, supporting your weight at your toes.
  3. Slowly return your leg to the beginning position before repeating the movement with your other leg. This completes 1 rep.
  4. Perform 3 sets of 10 reps, then go on to the next exercise.

Left to Right Scissor Kicks

  1. Seat yourself on the ground or your exercise mat, supporting your weight with your hands slightly behind your shoulders.
  2. Straighten your legs out in front of you with your heels just off the floor.
  3. Lean back so that your shoulders are about 10-12″ off the floor. Keep your upper body stationary through the rest of the exercise.
  4. Quickly alternate kicking your feet to the left and right, one rising over the other.
  5. Return to the beginning position then repeat the movement so that the opposite foot rises over the other. This completes 1 rep.
  6. Perform 3 sets of 10 reps.

Full Plank Passé Twist

  1. Begin in a plank position with your feet together.
  2. Bend your right knee across to the left, while sliding your right foot up towards your left knee.
  3. Slide your right leg back to the beginning position and repeat the same movement with your left leg. This completes 1 rep.
  4. Perform 3 sets of 10 reps.

Rolling Planks

  1. Begin in a plank position with your feet together with your forearms supporting your weight.
  2. Twist your body to the right, return to the beginning position, then twist to the left. For added difficulty, extend your free hand to the sky as you roll to each side. This completes 1 rep.
  3. Perform 3 sets of 10 reps.

Jack Knife

  1. Sit on the floor with your legs extended out straight in front of you, with your heels a few inches off the ground.
  2. Bend at the waist while raising your legs towards your torso before returning to the beginning position. This completes 1 rep. Beginners, or those with lower back problems, should ease things up a bit by keeping your legs bent at the knee during this exercise.
  3. Perform 3 sets of 10 reps.

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