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Summer Abs by Superbod Mauro Lumba

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Photography by Samantha Ang

Fitness can be futile without a goal in sight. After all, there’s nothing like a summer body to chase after to keep you on that treadmill. Among the countless Instagram feeds with gym selfies galore, few can provide as much fitspiration as the winners of the Century Tuna Superbods Challenge.

To keep you aiming for the number one target of a summer body—the abdominals—The Start asked last year’s Superbods champ, Mauro Lumba, to give us a quick tummy-tightening workout that doesn’t include boring ol’ crunches. Mauro chose three ab exercises that can be done in succession for maximum benefits. For each exercise, do 25 repetitions and rest 30 seconds between sets.

 

V-SITS 

Lift your upper torso off the floor, and bend your knees. You can lean back to make this move harder or come up more to make it easier. Slowly lower your upper body back down to the floor, straightening out your legs as you do so. Stop when your back is on the floor, but not your head, shoulders, or legs. Pause and return to the starting position before repeating the motion.

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BICYCLE KICKS 

Lie on your back with your legs extended and your hands placed across your chest. Pull your right knee in toward your chest while twisting the left shoulder toward your right knee. Return to the starting position and repeat with other knee and elbow.

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TOE REACH 

Sit back on your tailbone and straighten legs. Lift your arms and try to reach for your ankles or, for more of a challenge, your toes. Repeat the motion, creating a rhythm as you continue to reach.

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