9 Simple & Effective Strength Exercises for a Slimmer Waist

Side plank

With your arm bent and elbow under your shoulders, lean right from head to feet. For 30 seconds, repeat on left.

Russian Twist

Lay on your back with legs elevated and bent at 45°, feet floating just above the floor, and hands supporting the weight over your chest. Raise your body 45° from the floor using your abs.

Alternating bird dog

Sit on your hands and knees with your bum under and engage your core in a tabletop posture. Lift your left leg parallel to the floor and your right arm near to your ear.

Bicycle crunch

Lay down with your head and shoulders up, hands behind you, and legs tabletop. Straighten your right leg at 45 degrees and bring your right elbow to your left knee.

Single knee crunch with twist

Lay on your back with one knee bent and one straight out and fingers near your temples. Crunch up from your core (don't strain your neck) and twist toward the bent knee at 45 degrees. Repeat from the start.

Plank hip dips

Lower your left hip to the floor, rotating your body but stabilizing your arms and shoulders. Drop your right hip to the right from the left. Move your body as you fall, but keep your core engaged.

Thread the needle

Lie side plank with arm stretched to ceiling. Lower your arm, 'threading' below your hip, and raise it. Hold your hips high!

T-bar rotations

Start in high plank posture with shoulders over wrists and a straight, engaged line from head to toes. Open into a side plank with your left hand off the mat.

Shoulder taps

Start in high plank posture with shoulders over wrists and a straight, engaged line from head to toes. Lift your right hand and touch your left shoulder without moving your hips or core.