Best Ab Exercises

Best Ab Exercises

First off, we would like to say that abs are made in the kitchen, not built in the gym. A person’s body fat has to be down to 10-12 percent for your abs to be showing a bit. If your body fat is lower, your abs will be even more pronounced. So your diet has as much to do with visible abs as any workout.

That does not mean that if you are overweight you should not be training your abs. It helps strengthen your core and everyone needs a strong midsection. It will be just that your abs are still going to be covered up with a layer of fat. They will still be there though, just hidden from being displayed on the beach or in the bedroom.

In any case, these ab exercises are going to strengthen your core. They might be very tough to do at first if you are not used to the movement. Do not become frustrated. Rome was not built in a day. Your abs will not magically appear overnight no matter what infomercial product you put

on them to dissolve fat. Keep at these core building exercises and you will be on the right track.

Planks

Most ab exercises can be done anywhere. It does not need to be done at the gym. There usually is no equipment needed. We all know what planks are. You get into a position that is similar to a pushup, but instead you put your forearms down instead of your hands and hold that position as long as you can. Not only will this work your abs, but also your shoulders, arms, and glutes. When you are at home watching television, try doing these during commercial breaks. Hold it for one commercial, rest for a commercial, and then repeat. They are a bit difficult to do if you have never really done them before, but soon you will be able to hold the plank longer and longer. After awhile, incorporate side planks into your workout as well.

Crunches

Think of crunches as a simpler situp. Everyone is familiar with gym class situps and the pain that we would endure from having to complete them on the hard gymnasium floor. If only are PE teachers weren’t so old school and had us do crunches instead! They work great, plus it is only about half the movement of regular situps.

Leg Raise

Lay down with your head up next to a chair, table, or couch. Grab a hold of the piece of furniture to support yourself, then try completing these leg lifts. These can be very difficult at the beginning, but soon you will be able do these longer. Try these at first by doing the leg raise for five seconds, rest for five seconds, and then repeat as many times as you can. Your abs will be sore the next day!

Decline Bench Situps with Medicine Ball

If you loved the Rocky movies as much as we do, you will remember his training montages better than you will remember your spouse’s birthday. What month is our birthday in? We have no idea. But we do remember how Rocky did decline bench situps while another man would chop down and hit his stomach over and over.

We will not have another person karate chopping our stomach as we do these. That can get expensive. What we can do is incorporate a medicine ball into this exercise and a friend. When you are up at the peak of your situp on the decline bench, throw the medicine ball to your friend. He/she immediately throws it back to you and you keep repeating as many times as you can.

If you would like to, add a stretch or twist with the medicine ball when you are laying flat at the bottom of your situp. From experience, decline bench situps with a medicine ball activate ab muscles like no other exercise……

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