These eight exercises are great for strengthening your oblique muscles at different angles, speeds, and intensities. Incorporating a combination of 3 or 4 of these oblique strengthening exercises within your normal training routine is a great way to transform your core into a strong, functional, and aesthetic midsection.
A strong core is the foundation of moving better and am ore active, athletic lifestyle. When your core is solid, everything you do becomes easier. That includes building rock-hard, chiseled abs that will turn heads. One of the best ab exercises are bench crunches – think of it as the “core” of your six-pack.
When it comes to training my abs, I've tried every exercise, range of motion and "as seen on TV" contraption in existence. What have I found? Most of those contraptions aren’t worth the time it will take to break down and recycle the box it comes in.
In this video, Joe Donnelly demonstrates two advanced exercises to target and isolate the lower abs.
The best abdominal exercises will shorten and tighten the fibers in the abdomen wall. Crunches on a stability ball are great because they optimize abdominal contractions while protecting the back. With the ball positioned correctly, you’ll feel a great burn and gut-ripping contractions.
The bicycle crunch is an excellent exercise that will hammer your entire abdominal wall, yet it requires no equipment and it can be readily done between your sets of weight work in the gym, at home or even in your office at work.
Optimal activation of the lower abs demands that the front (anterior) part of the pelvic bones rotate slightly upward. This is achieved in exercises like the reverse crunch.
We all anatomically have a washboard, and exercise can make that washboard stronger and harder. Remember: good-looking abs are revealed with proper nutrition, but good functioning abs are built with proper training.
Today, just about everyone, regardless of fitness level or chosen method of training, is doing abdominal planks, as everyone seems to understand and appreciate their benefits and practicality— planks require no equipment and are easy to learn. That said, there is still a large amount of room for improvement.
Having ‘love handles’ seems like it should be a positive attribute. However, when your shirt comes off, there is nothing positive or loving about a thick waistline or sagging abdominals.