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Top 5 Exercises For Killer Abs

So you want that ideal beach body, huh? Well, building a ripped six pack won’t happen overnight!

Along with a good diet, you need to include exercises that work your abdominals effectively.

In this article, I will discuss some of the five best exercises for building a lean, strong stomach. Add these to your next routine for a killer abdominal workout!

First, it should be noted that the appearance of abdominals or a sick pack can only occur if you have a low body fat percentage.

This means that even if you work your abdominals every day, you still might not have abs because of the layer of fat covering them. Many people like the saying, “abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym”, because it reminds them to focus more on their diet than the number of situps they perform each day.

With that being said, abdominal exercises are worth adding to your routine because building a strong core is essential for other exercises and everyday activities. Once your body fat percentage lowers, you can use abdominal exercises to increase abdominal mass and build symmetry.

Perhaps one of the greatest exercises for your abdominals is the hanging leg or knee raise. This is a great exercise for your lower abdominals. Start by gripping a pullup bar in a comfortable position. Let your legs hang and keep your arms relaxed. Whether you raise your knees or legs will depend on your strength.

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For beginners, start by raising your knees to your chest. Do this slowly and controlled. Focus on using your abs to pull your legs up as opposed to your hip flexors. To make this exercise harder, try to hold a weight between your feet. These weighted leg raises will encourage muscle hypertrophy and strength.

The situp has long been hailed the king of all ab exercises, but for a more effective situp, try doing them on a decline bench. This variation of the situp will increase range of motion and allow your muscle to stretch and contract more. If this exercise gets too easy, try holding a plate above your head or on your chest. Also, make sure your neck stays straight and parallel to your body to prevent injury.

Planks are a very efficient exercise to add to your workouts. This is called an isometric exercise. This means that your muscles are not stretched or contracted but rather held in place for an extended period of time.  Planks can be done on your back, side, or front and target the obliques, upper, and lower abs.

As I mentioned, leg raises are excellent for developing your lower abdominals. Adding lying leg raises can be a good alternative to hanging leg raises because they don’t put any stress on your upper body. These can also be performed on a bosu ball or weight bench to increase range of motion.

The fifth and final abdominal exercise that should be a part of your routine is the medicine ball twist. You can use either a plate or medicine ball – but a medicine ball provides a better grip. Targeting your obliques has never been easier! Hopefully this article has provided you with some great ideas for your next workout!

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