Abs are located at the central part of the body. That means that it is one part of the body that gets a dose of the limelight and is thus always highlighted. People who work out would know that the importance of abs is not only in their look and feel, but their central location also means that they are some of the key muscles of the body and are essential for core strength and forte. Thus, getting stronger and well-built abs is not only necessary for strength and diligence, but is also a necessity for looking good and in shape.
The great thing about abs exercises is that they are some of those exercises which do not require any special equipment. Almost all of the abs exercises can be done without any extra equipment, and they are thus ideal for people who exercise at home.
Go For Crunches
Crunches are the most basic exercise for the abs. You lay face-up on the floor and then bend your knees. Now with your hands behind your head, you move your upper body upwards. Be sure that you are not using your arms for any assistance, and that they are just there to support your head. Only use the abdominal muscles. 4 sets of 10 crunches each can be quite a good exercise.
Along with basic crunches, you can also perform an even simpler exercise, called the air bicycle. In this, you lie down on the floor and keep your hands on your sides. Now raising your legs, you start moving them in such a way as if you are peddling a bicycle. 5 to 10 minutes of this exercise will be sufficient in one workout routine.
A third exercise combines the two exercises mentioned above. In this, while moving your legs back and forth; you also raise your upper body upwards. Now this may be a bit difficult at the start, but once you get the hang of it, this will really help you with your abdomen as this exercise targets both, the upper and lower abs.
Reverse Crunch Exercise
Finally, another exercise is the reverse crunch. This is something that is to target the abs in a different manner. Again, the starting position involves you lying down on your back. Now raise your legs upwards so that they are at a 90 degree angle from the floor and the rest of your body. Now using your abdominal muscles push your hips off the ground, and upwards. Remember to not use your legs for this. It is natural to try to move using your hips or legs, but try concentrating on using only the abs. A sign that you are doing it wrong is when your legs move backwards, towards your upper body, instead of upwards. In the perfect reverse crunch, the body will only move upwards.
Try alternating between these different exercises. Also try to avoid daily abs exercises and instead do them on alternate days. That way, the abs will get time to rest and develop and will not be over worked.
Kelvin wears many hats in the fitness and health industry. He believes in a practical, flexible and sustainable approach to bodybuilding. Initially Kelvin had started bodybuilding as a hobby which turned into passion and later, a successful career. He shares his expertise on strength training and body building to help the GFY community.
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