Having a toned tum can be sexy on both men and woman, and many people focus their toning efforts on the upper abb area to try and get that ‘6-pack’ look. However a bit of curve is also sexy and very feminine. One of the areas that I like to see definition on is my pelvic line. This is the line of muscle that runs from the hips down to the groin. You don’t need to have a rippling six-pack to see that you are toned in your abdominal area when you have a subtle pelvic line showing.
These muscles are sometimes referred to as your lower abdominals, or the lower end of your external obliques. However a more accurate description would be to explain them as multiple layers of muscles from the transverse abdominals, the internal obliques and the external obliques. They wrap around the hips and upper legs down into the groin area.
In order to work this area your workout needs to be focused on both the lower abdominals and your hips and hip flexors.
Here are 3 great exercises that focus on this pelvic line area:
Hanging Leg Raises - Find yourself a pull up bar, some monkey bars or anything that you can safely hang from, and hang with your arms fully extended, your legs together, and then slowly raise and lower them to a 90 degree angle to your torso.
Side Leg Raise - Lying on your side, with your lower arm bend to support you and your upper arm for balance, have both legs stretched out in alignment with your torso. Then slowly raise your upper leg as high as possible, before slowly lowering back down. Repeat for a set amount of reps (e.g. 20, 50, 100) then repeat on the opposite side.
- Single Leg Raises - Lying on your back with your whole body aligned and your legs together, activate your core muscles and then slowly raise your right leg as high as is comfortable, before slowly lowering back down. Repeat on the left side.