The 5-Minute Crop Top Workout
News flash: Crop tops aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, much to the chagrin of anyone who isn’t Lily Aldridge. Luckily, there’s still time to tone up before summer descends—and we’re here to help. We asked Derek DeGrazio, celebrity trainer and managing partner at Barry’s Bootcamp Miami Beach (Ellie Goulding is one of his clients), to share a quick ab-sculpting workout that actually works—so much better than mindlessly doing crunches. The best part? You can take this workout anywhere, so no more excuses. Keep scrolling to see the ab-defining regimen!
“The bicycle kicks introduce the angle we need to get that V-shaped stomach everyone wants,” DeGrazio says. In fact, in a study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise, researchers found that bicycle kicks were the best exercise for strengthening the rectus abdominis, which comprises the V-shaped muscles DeGrazio mentions. Keep scrolling to see how to do a bicycle kick!
And finally, end your set with another round of straight leg raises. If you’re a beginner, don’t be afraid to take small breaks during sets if needed. “The idea is to repeat until failure,” DeGrazio says. “Do as many reps as you can in each 60-second set. If you need a break, take it quickly, then keep going!” And remember, a healthy diet and cardio will help you on your journey to a tight, toned tummy.
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