Belly busters to tighten and tone

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Photographs by Jay Vaughan

With a hectic schedule, carving out time for yourself can become increasingly difficult. Summer is here, and let’s all agree that we have no objections to a solid, flat stomach.

Clyde Norris, owner of Clyde’s Fitness in Spartanburg, S.C., gives you four comprehensive workouts that you can do at home at your leisure.

Each workout is targeted to strengthen your core, which not only makes your stomach super-toned but also bolsters your back muscles as well. These four workouts will help you look good and feel even better. You also don’t have to worry about revolving your gym time around an already-packed schedule. Talk about a win-win. Follow these steps to obtain the body you’ve always craved.

Plank

Lift yourself on your elbows and toes while maintaining a straight back. Plank works the core and helps strengthen the upper, middle and lower abdominal muscles as well as obliques.

Beginners start at 30 seconds for one set. Advance to 90 seconds for one set.

Abdominal crunch with Bosu ball

Bring your torso off the floor, exhaling to help ensure contraction of abdominal muscles.

Beginners start with two sets of 12. Increase to three sets of 15.

Toe reaches

Exhale as you reach towards your toes. This exercise works the middle and lower abdominal muscles.

Beginners start with two sets of 12. Increase to three sets of 15.

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