Do You Need Ab Workouts? 3 Signs That You Do!

The first exercise in an easy abdominal workout is the side crunch. This exercise targets the oblique muscles or sides and is incredible at toning the stomach muscles. Lie down on your back with the knees bent. The legs should be placed to one side of you. The upper body should remain straight while the lower body is twisted to the side. Put your hands beside the head with the elbows back, crunch a little as you push the lower portion of the back to the ground.

Lie on the floor with your knees up. Try and wedge your feet under something or have someone hold them down for you. Place your hands behind your head or cross ways across your chest and then raise your back and shoulders until you are upright and then lower back down. As you become more used to doing this, try doing it on an incline or holding weights and increase these as you become more resilient.

This is one of the best workouts for abs because its great working out the obliques. Before you learn how to do this exercise, know that you should not perform it if you have lower back problem or neck problems.

Another really important thing to keep in mind is to address ALL of the muscles of the core, and not just the rectus abdominus (or “six pack” muscles in the front). There’s a ring of core muscles that go all the way around the body and protect your spine. and also holds your belly in!

Weight training, whether working with small dumbbells or doing some serious deadlifts, definitely does a lot for the person working out. The more reps in a set one does the more ripped they will be.

In fact, here is a little secret most fitness trainers won’t tell you. Sit ups are one of the least effective exercises you can do if you want to get ripped, washboard abs. Yes, I said it; so much for the Ab-Blaster 2500 and the endless series of crunches. It is best to do short, intense workouts 2-3 times a week. Keep your reps down to about 15 – 25 per exercise and do about 2- 4 sets. Focus on correct form and contracting your muscles throughout the movement; quality counts here much more than quantity.

That’s right, your abs and lower back muscles are there to stabilize the part of your body between your chest and pelvis, and it is stabilizing exercises that will train your ab muscles much more efficiently than crunches.

Move immediately into a mountain climber with knee hold. Start in the push-up position and bring your right knee to your right elbow. Then take your right hand off the floor and grab your knee. Try holding this for a second then release and go back to starting position. 10 reps then repeat on the other side. Take as long as you need to complete.