Top 5 Exercises For Killer Abs


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Do you want to get those killer abs? One effective way you can achieve this is by working out, and luckily there’s no shortage of abs exercises to pick from. But how do you figure out what exercise is right for you? These exercises vary in terms of intensity and difficulty, but truth is that all of them can help strengthen your ab muscles if done properly.

1. The Bicycle Exercise

This is a simple exercise that will work out your core muscles. To do the exercise, lie face up on a mat and then place both hands behind your head, making sure to lightly support it with your fingers. Now rotate to the right, bringing the left elbow towards the right knee while straightening the other leg. Hold on for a few seconds and then switch sides, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee. Try alternating both sides in a ‘pedal-like’ motion for at least 1 to 3 sets.

2. Static Holds or Planks

Simply put your body into a push-up position, with the elbows on the floor and the whole body flat. Try to hold the position for as long as you can. This position trains your core (your abs included) to hold your body in place. For beginners, it’s recommended to start off with about 45 seconds and gradually increase the duration. Most experienced ab workers are reported to achieve more than 5 minute static holds.

3. Ab Roller Exercise

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Another exercise that can help you gain great looking abs is the ab roller exercise. Start by holding an ab roller. with your knees touching the floor. Push the roller out and away from your body (this will extend your arms). Try to go down as far as possible without touching the torso to the floor. Repeat the exercise as many times as you can. 

If you don’t have the ab roller, you can try the barbell ab rollout using a barbell loaded with either 5 or 10 pounds on both sides. First get into push-up position, placing your hands the barbell rather than on the ground. Next up, lift your hips and slowly bring the barbell towards your legs so that the legs are perpendicular to the floor. Slowly go back down and repeat.

4. Pull-ups While Hanging From a Bar

Pull-ups can work a number of abdominal muscles and, if done consistently, help you gain abs within no time. Try to do at least 5 pull-ups with the palms facing towards you and 5 with your palms facing the opposite direction. And you can also combine pull-ups with rows by going into the push-up position on 2 dumbbells, for instance. Doing this help will boost your overall body constitution in a great way.

5. Weighted Crunches

To do weighted crunches, first lie on the ground with the head close to the pulley weight stack. Now use the rope handle attachment to grasp the end and then pull the cable until it’s tight and both hands are resting near your ears. Contract your abdominal muscles in a crunch, which will lift your shoulders off the ground and lift the weight stack up by an inch or two. Avoid choosing a weight that is too heavy.

DavidCried is a renowned fitness expert who has been actively involved in the health industry for over 5 years now. He is a regular contributor for JackedGorilla.Com, a website that contains a wide range of fitness information.

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