“Ben, summer will be here soon and I really want to get ripped abs. What should I do?” Man, I’ve been hearing this question so much lately.
So my answer most of the time is: “Try the Toes 2 Bar move and incorporate it in your workouts 2-3 days per week.”
Then I get the response, “How the hell do I do the Toes 2 Bar?”
Oh … Haha. Toes 2 Bar is indeed a great move for getting ripped abs. It really engages the rectus abdominis (front abs) and it gives you that “ab burn” very quickly. But I get it. Not everybody can just jump up to a bar and knock these out. Just like most exercises, there is always a progression and regression system that you can use so that you can master certain movements.
In this video, I’ll show you different forms of the Toes 2 Bar movements and how you can start slow to build yourself up to the move.
Toes 2 Bar
This is ultimately a gymnastics move. If you’ve ever seen a great gymnast, then you’ve seen some really ripped abs. When I do the Toes 2 Bar, I really try to keep my legs as straight as possible and I try to prevent any swinging motions. Bring your legs up straight, fold your body and lightly hit the toes to the bar. The trick to this is really on the way down. You don’t want to just let your legs go limp and flop them down. Contract your abs on the way down, and bring your legs down in a controlled manner.
I learned this at a CrossFit gym and I found that this made the movement much easier. At the bottom of the movement, dip your head forward and use your momentum to push your body back while you bring your legs up. The kipping definitely helps make this easier, but you have to be careful. If you have some beat-up shoulders or if you feel more pain while doing this, then don’t do it. Slow down and do the next regression, which is …
Hanging Knee Tucks
Start in the hanging position, bring your knees to your chest and again slowly bring your legs down. This is the easier form, but it will give you the same benefits of getting ripped abs.
Hanging Windshield Washers
Yeah, I’ll admit it. I pretty much just added these because they look cool as hell. I’m not sure if these will help you with doing the Toes 2 Bar, but I know for sure that this move will light your obliques (side abs) up! The hardest part of this might be the grip. Keep your abs up high, and windshield wash the sky, moving your feet from side to side.
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