One of the advantages of living in a tropical country like Malaysia is that it’s almost always sunny all the time. Even if there are few wet months, getting a dose of the sun is as easy as hopping on a quick plane ride to nearby beach paradises in Krabi, Boracay, or Bali.
This could either offer more fun for those who are confident flaunting their beach-ready bods, or pose a nagging dilemma for others. While there is no shame in having flabby tummies and donut bellies — as long as you’re eating healthy — it doesn’t really hurt to lose a few inches off your waist and have flat abs.
Hitting the gym more regularly, of course, will do the trick. But if you dread crunches and sit-ups, it’s not the end of the world for you yet. There are actually a handful of fitness workouts around KL that don’t require too much torture, but still efficiently target the core.
Don’t let looks deceive you. It may seem pretty easy but this high-intensity trampoline routine works your core as much as it does your upper and lower limbs. Aside from toning the hips, jumping up and down also firms your abs since it acts as the central point between the upper and lower body when you’re suspended in mid-air. Think of it as crunches done vertically: As your abs lift your lower body, they also pull your upper body into a crunch posture mid-air. And with a good dose of fast and slow music, who can’t resist jumping for 45 minutes?
Jumping Fitness, 50-3, Jalan Jalil Sutera 1, The Earth, Bukit Jalil, 57000, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6012 699 1512
Always busy? You don’t have to spend another hour in the gym. Just 20 minutes a day, once or twice a week, will be enough to get your abs beach-ready. The training at Impulse Studio uses Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS) technology of electric impulses to stimulate your body and recreate the natural process of voluntary muscular contractions. All you need to do is get into basic ab core exercise positions and EMS does all the work for you. Just a couple of weeks and everyone will start to notice your flat abs!
Impulse Studio, Platinum Sentral, Ground Floor, 08 Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, 50470, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +6016 263 1512
You might think that spinning classes only focus on leg muscles. But hovering over a bike, mainly for support and stabilisation, actually strengthens them all throughout the 45-minute routine without you realising it. And with around six minutes of choreography designed to directly work on your tummy, you’re on your way to achieving some enviable abs.
Flycycle, VERVE Shops, 6-1A Floor, Jalan Kiara 5, Mont Kiara, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 6206 2082