Summer is here and it’s time to take off those cute tops and dresses. Oops! But the belly is in your way? Why don’t you try doing climbers? What! You hate them to death. It’s okay, it’s okay! Don’t worry because we have some exercises that you can totally perform, and very happily ditch the climbers.
5 Exercises You Can Do Instead of Climbers to Get a Flat Belly
High Knees are basically standing climbers and here’s how you do them. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Make sure your arms are bent to your sides and your forearms are raised in front. Now, move your alternate knees as high as you can. Try to bring your knees up to chest level. You can go a little slow and after a few moves, speed up for a better impact. How many of these can you make? Do 50 reps with each leg and 5 sets.
Plank with alternating leg lifts
Go into plank position and alternatively lift your leg. Hold the pose when your leg is up for 5 seconds and bring it back. Do the same with the other leg. How many of these can you make? You can do 20 reps with each leg and 5 sets, or you can time it. Do this for a minute and a half and see the impact on your waist.
Climbers primarily target the lower abdomen and oblique muscles, just like jumping jacks. But just a few jumping jacks won’t make much difference. To witness impact like a climber, you need to do 100 reps and 5 sets.
Plank jacks are also an awesome exercise you can do if you hate mountaineers to the extreme. Here’s how you should do it – get into a plank position. You can opt for a forearm or a straight arm plank. Now, just like jumping, move your legs laterally (to the sides). How many of these can you make? 100 reps and 5 sets of plank will definitely do the magic trick. In fact, it can give you better results than mountain climbers. Pro tip: Keep your core engaged at all times to get a leaner belly.
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Here’s how to do it. Get down into a plank position, preferably on a straight-arm plank. Now move the leg laterally so that the knee reaches the triceps. You can also turn your head towards the knee to see how far the knee is traveling. This will also improve the entire movement. When you are done with one leg, repeat the same with the other. Do this alternatively. Pro tip: go slow. How many of these can you make? 25 reps on each side and 5 sets!
So don’t let your hatred of climbers get between you and your waist.