As an Instagram star and founder of the Body Love App, Anna Victoria is a fitness guru that’s known for promoting body love, whether it’s mental, emotional, or physical.
Her social media is littered with athleisure-clad photos that show off her toned abs and strong arms, as well as real, unedited images of herself as a way to normalize things like belly rolls and cellulite, because everyone has them.
But what’s Victoria’s secret in keeping that midsection strong and fit? All you’ll need is a mat, a dumbbell, and these three ab exercises from the fitness queen herself:
Plank and dumbbell shift
Starting from the plank position, lower onto your arms and alternate the dumbbell from side to side across the mat in front of you. Your body weight will naturally be inclined to shift every time you pick up the dumbbell – resist and work on staying flat, with feet firmly placed on the floor.
The key to success? Squeeze them glutes!
Cross mountain climbers
From the pushup position with elbows locked and body forming a straight line from head to toe, pick up your right foot and bring your right knee toward your left shoulder. Return to the starting position; repeat with the left. Remember to brace and engage your core muscles.
Side plank and reach through
This move can be done sans-dumbbell, though we love how it adds to lateral core strength and stability even more. From the side plank position, make sure you’re maintaining a straight line from ankles to shoulders. Don’t let your hips drop!
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