The appearance of your abs can really influence your self esteem. So it’s easy to understand why you want to find the best ab workout to help you get toned, tight abs. When I talk to people about their ab workout, I often discover that they aren’t working all of their ab muscles. No wonder they aren’t seeing any results.
The best program will include exercises that work your upper and lower abs in addition to your obliques. But that’s just the beginning. To really get the most out of your workout, consider adding resistance.
I’m sure you’ve known about this one. It appears in almost every ab workout routine out there. And there’s a reason for that — it is a totally effective upper ab exercise. To do it, lie on your back. Keep your feet on the floor and criss-cross your arms across your chest. Using your ab muscles, lift your upper body until your shoulders are a few inches away from the ground. Do this slowly. Then just as slowly, lower your body to the ground. Do three sets, each with 20 reps.
We’ve covered your upper abs. Now it’s time to work your lower abs. For this, try leg raises. You are going to lie on your back again, but this time keep your legs straight. Keep your arms at your side. Slowly raise your legs until they are straight (or as straight as you can get them) and your feet are perpendicular (or at least trying to be) to the ceiling. Just as slowly, lower your legs but don’t them them return to their starting position on the ground. Do two sets of 12 reps each.
As I said earlier, you can take your routine to another level by adding resistance training. You can use almost anything with weight to make even the most basic exercise more challenging. What do you have access to? A medicine ball, dumbbells, a barbell plate, a rubber cord, a heavy book, bottles filled with water? They will all do.
There are, however, some ab exercises that are meant to be done with some type of weight. Dumbbell side bends are one of them.
We’ve already hit your upper and lower abs. With the dumbbell side bend we’re going to work your obliques. How do you do it. Well hold a dumbbell in your left hand and stand up tall. Place your right hand on your hip to help keep you stable. Now bend (slowly) as far as you can toward your left side. Don’t move anything else. Only bend at the side. If you move slowly, you’ll be able to do it. Return to the starting positing. Do 12 reps and then switch to the right side. Do two more sets of 12 reps on each side.
This workout gets results.
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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