Whether you are a man who wants six pack abs or a woman who wants a lean sexy abs, there are 2 things you should know:
- your body fat must be low enough for your abs to be visible, and
- ab exercises that really work to shape your core muscles.
Personally, I don’t like to spend too much time training my abs. I avoid doing ab specific exercises such crunches and sit-ups, as they are the least effective and efficient ways to get lean abs. These exercises also cause lower back pain.
I prefer to train my abs with functional exercises such as those found in Ab Strength Guide program. It only takes 10 mins a day, no more than 10 exercises per workout session. These ab exercises are a killer, but they work.
Why Train For Functional Abs/Core
The core area is made up of many muscles. The primary muscles are transverse abdominis, internal and external obliques, and rectus abdominis.
Core muscles allow you to perform activities such as walking, running, lifting, bending, squatting, etc. They act as stabilisers to control you from falling forward, backward or side to side.
If you only train the rectus abdominis or six pack ab muscles, and neglect other core muscles, this can lead to muscle imbalance, back pain and poor physical performance. When you train core muscles to respond to functional exercises, not only will you get a tight mid-section but also gain strength and improved posture. A strong core supports the spine and reduces the risks of injury.
Ab Exercises That Really Work
Here are some of my favourite (killer) ab exercises:
- rotational spider plank
- cross-over climbers
- squat & medicine ball pick up
- side step on forearms
- push up superset
These are just some of the functional ab exercises from the Ab Strength Guide program, that really work. Not only are they effective for working your abs, they also accelerate your metabolism so you burn more calories and lose belly fat. Dr Kareem Samhouri, the creator of Ab Strength Guide program, explains how using 3D exercises can skyrocket your success in getting flat or six pack abs in this article. The good news is it only takes 10 minutes per day.
Here’s a video that explains rotational spider plank:
Here’s a video that explains cross-over climbers:
Here’s a video that explains push up superset:
Let me know what you think of these exercises or other ab exercises that have worked for you. I’d love to hear your comments below.
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