Top Trainers’ Favorite Ab Exercises

Featured Article,Fitness
March 28, 2011

Three of the nation's hottest fitness trainers share their favorite ab toning moves.


The country’s top fitness trainers work with clients all day and get the rest of us in shape with their fitness books and DVD’s. But how do these exercise gurus keep their own abs looking fit ‘n fabulous? We got five of the hottest to share their secrets.


The trainer: Tracey Mallett (above), author of Sexy in 6 and Super Fit Mama and creator of popular DVDs, the latest of which is The Booty Barre.

The move: Side Plank Twist

Why this move? “This tones your whole core along with your lat muscles, which together gives you a shapely-looking waist,” Mallett explains.

How to:

A. Lie on your right side of your body balancing on your right forearm with your fingertips facing forward. Your knees should be bent to the side of your body and your left leg crossed in front of your right leg, with your left foot firmly pressed to the floor.

B. Inhale and lift your hips off the floor, extending your legs straight out to the side with your left foot on the floor in front of the right. Extend your left arm straight up toward the ceiling, keeping it in line with your shoulder with the palm facing outward.

C. Exhale, contract your abs, and twist your upper body toward the floor. Reach your left arm under the supporting right arm, without moving your hips. Inhale and return to the side plank. Bend your knees and lower hips toward the floor. Repeat 10 times, switch sides and repeat. Do 2 sets.

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