Some of my friends told me that if I want a six-pack abs, I can just do a thousand crunches every day. I have found out that it is not the way to work your abs. From now on, if you do the ab workouts that work wonders on your abs, you will get the six-pack abs you are aiming for.
I can assure you that these iconic abdominal exercises like crunches and sit ups are outdated. There are other more efficient workouts for the abdominal that you may never do before. But before revealing the 3 effective abdominal workouts, let me explain the core muscles on our abs so that you gain more knowledge on why the workouts that I am about to reveal to you is super effective.
The Region of Abdominal Muscles
You need to use ab workouts that work effectively that target the different areas on our abs. Our abdominal muscles consist of 5 parts which are rectus abdominis, external oblique, internal oblique and transverse abdominis. Rectus abdominis is the six-pack muscle that assists our upper body bend and helps maintain good posture. This is the part that most people think of when they think of abs.
The next part is the external oblique. These are the muscles that start on the ribs and extend diagonally down the sides of your waist. External oblique are involved when you turn your torso and move your waist. Golfers, tennis players and hockey players usually make their movement which involves the external oblique.
The third part is internal oblique which is situated between the rib cage and external oblique and it extend diagonally down the sides of your waist. It is similar to external oblique which are used in torso rotation.
The fourth part is transverse abdominis which is a thin muscle that runs horizontally, surrounding your abdomen. It also functions as a compressor for the abdomen that keeps everything intact.
Therefore you need to do ab workouts that work every part of your abs and you will have a great six-pack abs ripping through your belly. Here, I give you 3 of my top abdominal workouts for you to put them into your body workout regime.
Abs Workout #1: Hanging Knee Raise
This workout is great for working your lower abs. In order to pull this manoeuvre correctly, you need to have a chin-up bar. Hang yourself fully extended on the chin-up bar, palms facing outwards, shoulder-width apart. Raise your knees to your chest, curling your pelvis upwards at the end. Do it around 12 repetitions. If you want a tougher hanging knee raise, you can hold a medicine ball between your knees. You can substitute this workout with mountain climbers if you do not have a chin-up bar.
Abs Workout #2: Plank or Bridge
This is a great workout for your transverse abdominis. There two types of planks. Normal plank and side plank which is tougher than normal plank. To do this workout correctly, start to get in a push-up position but bend your elbows and rest weight on your forearms instead of your hands. Your body should form a straight line and pull in your abdominal as you perform this plank position. Hold it at least 30 seconds or more.
Experts recommend that you do up to 2 minutes if you are more advanced. To toughen the plank workout, use a stability ball and bridge yourself up on top of the ball. This is definitely the best ab workouts that work tremendously good for your abs.
Abs Workout #3: Barbell Rollout or Stability Ball Rollout
This is a more advanced workout which really work hard on your abs. If you have barbell, equip the barbell with a pair of 2.25 kg or 5 lb plates. You can also use a stability ball or gym ball or even use a towel. Kneel on a mat or towel to avoid slipping your knees. Hold the bar with an over-hand, shoulder-width grip. Start your position with a slightly rounded position and roll the bar out forward as far as possible without arching your back or touching the floor. Hold for a few seconds and then return back to the starting position. Do it around 5 to 10 repetitions. In my opinion, this is one of the hardest abs workouts but super effective.
There you have it. These are my 3 top ab workouts that work effectively for the different areas on your abdominal muscles. If you are interested to learn more about the best solution for getting rid of belly fat and would like to learn how to build a six-pack, take action now and start planning and implementing a healthy nutrition and effective workouts and make progress towards your solid abs goal today!