The 5 Best Exercises for Crop Top Worthy Abs [CC's ShapeU]

Looking to step up your crop top game? When we think crop top, we think about showing off our midriff in the most classy way, inadvertently drawing more attention to our boobs (top of midriff), and our butts (bottom of midriff). Basically, we can say “check me out in all the right places” without actually saying it, making crop tops the go-to choice for a more casual night when you don’t want to seem like you’re trying too hard. What better way to show off your killer six-pack than with the perfect crop top? It just makes sense! And these abdominal exercises will help!
If you’re anything like the 99.9% of stylish collegiette women out there, you own at least one crop top, and enjoy rocking it whenever bloating and period munchies are not an issue – no one wears crop tops after a date with Ben and Jerry…no one. Crop tops, or croppies, as I like to call them, have been gracing music festivals, red carpets, and nightlife hot spots for quite some time, and show no signs of going out of style any time soon. However, some of us may be a little hesitant to try this edgy trend, especially if we feel our abs aren’t quite ready to be put on display. If you’re looking to build crop top worthy abs, these five exercises to tone and define your core will get you on you way to owning the look!
Check out the moves from last year’s Back to School Boot Camp Core Challenge!
Crunches These may be the most basic form of core work, so they’re an oldie but a goodie. Don’t underestimate them, starting off with the basic crunch will help warm up your core and target the main portion of your abdominals, while trying the challenge will push for that even more!
Tailbone Lifts These target the lower portion of your abdominals, and by lifting your shoulders for the challenge, you also work the rest of the core.
Side-to-Side Shifts These target the upper part of your core and the obliques. With your shoulders off the floor, you make it harder for the top portion of your abdominals, and the side-to-side motion works on your obliques, or the side of your core.
Oblique Side Crunches These also work the obliques, but they focus on them solely and work the areas most of us ladies are concerned about: the love handles. Give them some love and melt them away with these easy moves, and push yourself by trying the challenge.
Birdies These work the abdominals, with the upper body and lower body working together to give an all-around core challenge.
And here’s a step-by-step video for the breakdown of the moves:
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Be sure to pay attention to the number of repetitions for each exercise that give you one full set, they vary for some of the moves depending on the type of move and the muscle being worked! For a longer, more challenging workout, try two sets. And remember, building your ideal six pack is about more than just working on your core – cardio workouts that burn calories, along with a healthy diet help to make your core even leaner and more defined!
Make these five abdominal exercises part of your weekly fitness routine, and enjoy flaunting your six pack in the last of the warm weather! Too cold for crops, you say? Check out these adorable cropped sweaters, perfect for that chilly night out!

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