The sun is shinning & summer is finally here. This means a lot of people will look to start a drastic diet or detox thinking a quick fix will equate to a dramatic weight drop.

If this is you , stop. Look at a well structed diet that consists of a variety of foods & make sure your daily activity increases.

For many it will be wanting a flatter stomach. This will come from a decrease in calorie / macronutrient intake & can be assisted with additional ab & core activity.

If you want to specifically target this area. I highly recommend these exercises below.

Cable wood chop:

Set the cable to the highest pulley position. With your side to the cable, grab the handle with one hand and step away from the tower. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and reach up with your free hand to grab the same handle. With arms fully extended, pull the handle down and across your body to your front knee while rotating your torso. Pivot your back foot and bend your knees. Return to the start position slowly under control.

Hanging leg raise:

Grab a pull-up bar and lower yourself into a dead hang. Let your legs straighten and pull your pelvis back slightly. Tense your core and raise your legs until your thighs are perpendicular to your torso. Hold then lower slowly back to the starting position.

Medicine ball slam:

Stand with your knees slightly bent holding a medicine ball above your head with your arms extended. Bend forward at the waist and use your core muscles to slam the ball against the floor about a foot in front of you. Let your arms follow through so you don’t fall forward. Catch the ball on its way back up and repeat.

Weighted ab curl:

Attach a rope to a high pulley and kneel in front of it, with the handles held either side of your neck. Without moving your hips, contract your abs to bring your elbows to your thighs. Pause for a moment then slowly return to the starting position.