More effective than crunches, better than the plank, this move defines abs fast

By Karen Borsari
March 22, 2012

You know those two lines; they run vertically along the outside edge of well-defined abs? I know you know what I'm talking about, and if you're like me, you want them. More than a full on six-pack I want those lines, which is why I was so pumped when I learned a trick to getting them while working out last night!

I had the pleasure of training one-on-one with celebrity trainer Robert Brace, the creator of the 28 Day Challenge. We did a full-body workout and as we did each move he explained to me how and why it works. So when we started doing a one-armed overhead press he asked me, "you know why we're doing this? To get those lines along the sides of your stomach," my ears perked up and I made a point to soak in everything he was saying. By using just one arm your abs have to work to stabilize your body and, it's by engaging your abs in this way, that you can develop those muscles along the sides of your stomach.

I've done a lot of research, trained with a lot of people, and have taken all sorts of classes but this really made sense to me and I could feel it working. I will definitely be adding this move to my routine. Heck, I can do these with my five pounders while watching Dancing with the Stars in my living room. Beyond that, I'm taking on Robert's 28 Day Challenge and will be doing the DVDs at home. I'm far from a flat stomach today but stay tuned to see how it goes and get more great tips from Robert.