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Achieve a model-like torso with cardio and abs training.
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Looking like a model may not be in your genes. However, with the right diet and exercise program, it is possible to achieve your best self. Most models have long, lean torsos with little fat and slender waistlines. Bust out your own model-like torso with core-strengthening exercises done four to five times per week as part of an overall exercise routine. You will also need to do regular cardio sessions five times per week to burn off any excess fat hiding tummy muscles.
Twist That Torso
Standing torso twists are a simple exercise you can do anywhere to whittle your middle. Stand tall with feet hip-width apart and abdominal muscles contracted. Bend your elbows up so that your fists are next to your ears. Bring your left elbow down across your body as you lift your right knee up to meet each other, twisting the trunk. Return to start and repeat on the opposite side. Do 10 to 20 repetitions per side or until you are fatigued, and complete three sets total.
Arm Cross Crunch
A reaching arms crunch will tone your abdominals and can be done on a mat at home or the gym. Do this exercise by lying on your back on a mat with arms by your sides. Gently lift your neck and shoulders off the mat. Straighten both arms in front of you with your hands together, palm to palm. Contract your abs as you reach your arms over to the left, back to the center and then to the right. Continue for 20 to 30 seconds, rest and repeat for a total of three sets.
Work the Plank
Front planks target the deep abdominal muscles, particularly the transverus abdominus, which flattens your torso. Do this exercise by lying face-down on a mat on the floor. Push yourself up to rest on your toes and forearms with your elbows underneath the shoulders. Contract your abs as you hold this position for 30 seconds or until you are fatigued. Repeat two more times.
Push and Tone
Push-ups target the chest, shoulders and abdomen for a tight, toned torso. Start push-ups by lying face-down on a mat. Push yourself up to rest on your toes and hands. Your arms should be straight with your hands underneath the shoulders. Contract your abdominals to maintain a straight body from head to toe. Bend your elbows as you slowly lower towards the ground, pause for a second before pushing back up to start. Repeat 10 times or until fatigued. Modify this exercise by resting on your knees versus your toes to decrease difficulty.