For shredded abs, you have to put in the work. The mid-section is one of the most difficult areas of the body to tone and build muscle in and it’s definitely the area of the body that stores the most fat. For men and women, achieving 6 pack abs is a difficult task. Here we will share the top 6 exercises for working out the abs.
Cardio is really important if you want to lose weight around your mid-section. No matter how much you work those ab muscles, if you don’t remove the layer of excess fat on top, you will never see them. Walking, running, jogging and swimming are all great options.
Sit on the edge of a sturdy chair and place your hands on the edge with your fingers pointing toward your knees. Bring your toes 2 to 4 inches from the floor while tightening your abs and lift your bottom off the chair. Hold the position for at least 5 seconds and lower yourself and repeat.
Place your hands directly under the shoulders a little more than shoulder-width apart. Place your toes directly the floor and squeeze your abs and glutes to stabilize yourself. Hold the position for as long as possible before taking a break. This exercise has some great modifications to really take your workout up a notch. Try side planks, where you lean to one side, contract your core and raise your hips until your body makes a straight line. To take it even further, try plank rotations in which you move through the plank from side plank to side plank.
To work out your entire core and legs, perform some squats. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your weight evenly distributed. Bend at the knees for a 90-degree angle and squat down and then steadily lift back up. For proper form, tighten your core, hold a flat back, and make sure to look up.
This workout is great for your entire core, especially those pesky lower abdominals. It also helps to work out your arms, shoulders, back and it’s great cardio. Being in a pushup position and bend your knees up quickly while contracting your core and keeping your body aligned correctly.
Exercise Ball Crunches
For this move, you will need both a medicine ball and a large exercise ball. This will work your upper abs. Start with your back on the ball wand your feet firmly on the floor. Make sure your lower back is centered on top of the ball. Hold a medicine ball securely over your head and crunch your upper body forward while keeping the medicine ball overhead. Once you reach the top of the movement, contract your abs for one count and slowly return to the starting position for each rep.
V-sits with a Twist
To really target your obliques, sit on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Hold the medicine ball extended in front of you and recline back into a 45degree angle. Contract your core and twist your body from side to side, while making sure your lower body stays still.
Abs are one of those muscle groups that you can and should work often. You should work them out at least 3 to 4 times a week! But remember, abs are made in the gym, but shown in the kitchen. Pair up these awesome exercises with a proper diet if you really want a tight and toned core.