10 Small Waist Workouts That Will Supercharge Your Results

While you’re undoubtedly well on your way to getting a slim-and-trim waistline using your waist trainer, you can skyrocket your results by learning which exercises complement waist training and cardio. Who wouldn’t be excited about getting more out of their waist training efforts?! Forget just sit-ups, hip dips and russian twist exercises, we’ve got more! Without much further ado - enter the spotlight - 10 of our favorite small waist workouts that will supercharge your waist training results to an hourglass figure, remove belly fat and aid weight loss. There is also no equipment needed.

Before you get started with the ab exercises, warm up and remember to listen to your body. Don’t push yourself too hard.


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Workout #1 - V Crunch Oblique-o-Raters

Yup, this is one of the best exercises that will absolutely obliterate your obliques and, at the same time, tighten and bring in your waistline for that smooth, slim-and-trim effect. V Crunches are death to body fat hanging around your obliques, and when there is fat loss, you don’t have a slim waist that just appears slim; it actually is slim!

 How to do the exercise

Grab an exercise mat and lie down on your side. Have your legs positioned on top of the other as if you are going to do a side plank. Place your left hand (flat and open) behind your head. Now you’re looking cool, and you’re ready to crunch!

  • Raise your legs (together), bring your torso towards your legs, and carry out a side crunch to create a kind of V shape with your body.
  • Once you’ve got the exercise motion right, it becomes a no-brainer. You can use your right hand to support yourself so that you don’t fall over.
  • Once you’ve achieved a V-shape (and held it for a few seconds) lower both of your legs and torso back to the mat.
  • Repetition is key to this exercise so aim for 8 reps on each side, which is totally going to hurt, but it will be worth it!

Workout #2 - Heel Tappers

Heel tappers are a great way to add a little rhythm to your exercises! Tap to your favorite beat, and you won’t even know you’re working out. Who knew that simply tapping your heels could work such wonders for slimming down your waistline! This exercise also trims the obliques while strengthening abdominal muscles and creating definition.

 How to do the exercise

Grab your exercise mat for this one too. Lie down and bend your knees while facing the ceiling. Keep your feet positioned shoulder-width apart. Extend your arms but turn your palms inwards with your thumbs pointing to the ceiling

  • Form a crunch position by raising your head and upper back while reaching your hands towards your feet (without sitting up entirely). Feel the burn in your abdominals and savor it because this is where the magic happens!
  • Focus on tapping each heel one at a time. First, tap your left heel, then tap your right heel. Hold for a few seconds between each tap.
  • Return to the starting position and inhale. Exhale as you do the next rep.
  • Again, repetition is a key factor in getting the most out of this exercise so repeat it around 30 times (the more, the better, but don’t overdo it).

Workout #3 - Triangular Crunchers

By now, you have probably noticed a common theme: it’s all about obliques when trying to create a smaller waist! Here’s another oblique cruncher that will boost your waist trimming efforts exponentially!

How to do the exercise

First, grab your mat and get into position. Kneel on your left knee and place your left hand onto the mat to provide stability. Place your right hand behind your head (open and flat) and extend your right leg outwards. Now you’re ready to get started

  • Carrying out a triangular crunch is simpler than you think! Bring your right leg towards your right elbow and do a crunch. That’s really all it entails!
  • Hold the crunch steady for a few seconds and when the burn becomes too much, slowly return to the starting position.
  • Repeat this movement 30 times on each side for the best results. It feels awkward at first, but it gets easier the more you do it.

Workout #4 - The Starfish Crunch

The Starfish Crunch is one of our core exercises to sculpt your core and tone a smaller waistline. It’s an excellent fat burner, too, especially if you’re able to increase your speed as you get better at the exercise. Increasing your speed means certain death for fat, so if you’re ready to wage war on fat, this one’s for you!

How to do the exercise

 Lie down comfortably on your exercise mat. Now, extend both arms and legs as if you are about to make a snow-angel. This is the starting position! Fun, right?!

  • To begin the exercise, you need to engage your core muscles by slightly lifting your upper back and shoulders off the mat.
  • While doing this, lift your legs off the mat and bend them towards your chest while moving your elbows to meet your knees in a crunch position.
  • Hold the crunch position for a few seconds and then slowly return to the starfish starting position.
  • Aim to repeat this exercise 20 times but if you can do more, go for it.

Workout #5 - Plain ol’ Planking

Many of us get all caught up looking for the “next best workout” without realizing that some of the traditional favorites are still highly effective. Why change something that isn’t broken, right? While we’re not saying that new and exciting exercises don’t work, we are saying that you should be afraid to use the good old favorites to your advantage! Traditional planking is simple to achieve because you already know how to do it (most people do). And the good news is that planking gives you a firm, flat belly, and you know what that means – it means no muffintop and a smaller waist will soon be yours! There’s even more good news, though! You can plank while wearing a waist trainer to boost the effects. We recommend the Luxx Curves Waist Trimmer Belt because it’s comfortable and effective.

How to do the exercise

Kneel on your exercise mat, placing your forearms onto the mat. Align your elbows below your shoulders and position your feet shoulder-width apart. Now you’re ready to burn fat and sculpt your waist!

  • With your forearms still on the mat, lift your knees so that your forearms and abdomen hold your entire body weight. Use your feet to balance you firmly.
  • Ensure that your neck and spine are straight, keeping your head in line with your back.
  • Aim to maintain this position for 20 seconds at a time. Rest for a minute and then repeat the exercise. See how many times you can repeat it.

Workout #6 - Next Level Planking (Side Plank Oblique Twist)

This is the type of plank that we consider next-level because it’s genuinely that effective. If you’re doing this, you’re not messing around! You will make quick work of reaching your waist training goals by tightening and strengthening your obliques. You won’t just reach your goal of a smaller waist; you will blow it right out of the water. You will need to use a dumbbell for this exercise!

How to do the exercise

Start in a side-plank position with your one forearm firmly placed on the ground and your other hand holding the dumbbell (rested on the ground) in front of you. If you cannot maintain position with both of your legs on top of eachother, stagger your legs (one foot slightly in front of the other) to provide added stability. Now, you are ready to get going!

  • Focus your attention on engaging your core while raising your dumbbell straight over your head. Keep your raised arm in line with your body.
  • Very slowly and controlled, lower the dumbbell back down towards the ground, but instead of placing it back down, reach it under your torso to create a twisting motion.
  • Then, return to the starting point and rest for a few seconds before repeating the exercise.
  • Repeat this exercise on each side at least 15 times.

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Workout #7 - Plank-o-Jacks

Plank-o-Jacks are waist whittlers of note! Imagine the effectiveness of combining a plank with a jack! This is one of those full-body workout routines that challenge the core and whip arms into shape while toning shoulders and legs simultaneously. When you consider how effective this simple exercise is, you realize that Plank-o-Jacks are typical overachievers!

How to do the exercise

Start in a typical plank position with extended arms (you aren’t resting on your forearms for this one). Ensure that your shoulders are positioned directly above your wrists and that your legs extend in a straight line.

  • Keep your hands firmly in one position while tightening your core.
  • Now, jump both feet outwards to your sides and then back together.
  • Repeat this jumping movement at least 20 times.

Workout #8 - Bridge

The bridge is another firm traditional favorite butt workout for the glutes, and it’s another one you can strap your Luxx Curves Waist Trimmer Belt on for. In fact, wearing a waist trainer while doing this exercise really enhances the effectiveness because it helps you target your abdominal area.

How to do the exercise

Start by lying on your mat on your back with your arms resting by your sides.

  • Keep your feet firmly planted on your exercise mat and bend your knees at a 90-degree angle.
  • Push your butt and pelvis up towards the ceiling into a bridge position while keeping your feet flat and hip-width apart. Focus on pushing your butt up as far as possible.
  • To get the most out of this workout challenge, repeat this in 5 sets of 20 reps each.

Workout #9 - Windshield Wipers

Windshield Wipers are one of our all-time favorites because they sculpt the abdominal area and obliques and tone the lower back, which creates a beautiful tiny waist silhouette.

How to do the exercise

Lie on the exercise mat with arms stretched out straight away from your body on either side. Try to form a straight line from your shoulders to your hands. Your stretched-out arms will provide support.

  • Lift your legs up and bend your knees to form a 90-degree angle.
  • Keeping your knees together in this position, rotate your legs to the one side without letting them rest on the ground.
  • Hold this position to the side before returning your legs to the central position.
  • Carry out the same movement on the opposite side.
  • Repeat this exercise at least 30 times for the best results.

Workout #10 - Criss-Cross Crunches

Criss-Cross Crunches are fun and effective. They trim your abs and obliques and also give your hip flexors a good firm up! It’s a double-whammy because it crafts a firm, flat lower belly and melts thigh fat too.

How to do the exercise

This exercise must be done while standing with your feet positioned shoulder-width apart. Raise your arms and place your hands behind your head.

  • Move your left knee up to your right elbow while forming a crunch position.
  • At the same time, rotate your torso to push your knee and elbow towards each other.
  • Go back to the beginning and repeat the exercise on the opposite side.
  • Focus on doing this at least 15 times on each side.

Workout #11 - Bike Peddling

Bike peddling is an excellent exercise for fat burning (it sure does get the heart pumping), toning the lower abs and toning the obliques. It’s another one of those good old traditional workouts.

How to do the exercise

This exercise is done lying down, so get comfortable lying on your back on your exercise mat

  • Bend your knees to form a 90-degree angle.
  • Lift your shoulders slightly off the ground while placing your hands behind your head.
  • Extend your right leg straight and twist your body to the opposite side. The idea is to touch your right elbow to your left knee.
  • Do the same thing on the other side.
  • This exercise can be done slowly, but the better you get, the faster you should go for the best results.
  • It's best to do this 20 times on each side.

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Summary: The Best Small Waist Workout

After putting all of these exercises to the test for a home workout, we are confident that utilizing them while waist training will amplify your result. If we have to settle on the best of the batch, we cannot deny that the V Crunch Oblique-o-Raters and the Bridge are our personal favs! Try one or try them all; we highly recommend them for boosting waist training results and having a fun abs workout with a flat stomach at the end. Also, don’t forget a healthy diet! Good luck!

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