The ab roller, ab circle pro, ab rocket, ab coaster, ab lounger, ab lean, ab mouse.. we’ve all tried many of these core exercise equipment machines. Truth is, having a tight, flat stomach is not going to be achieved by doing hundreds and hundreds of reps on these machines!
The secret to having a FANTASTIC core is achieved by:
- A Clean Diet – You might have the strongest abs in the world, but if you have a layer of fat covering them, nobody will notice!! You will need to cut down on processed foods, empty carbohydrates, excess sugar, and replace that with a ‘clean’ diet. This consists of lots of greens, protein, vegetables, and fruit.
- Functional Exercise – Activate your core in all of the exercises that you do!! For example, when performing squats, make sure to activate and tighten your core to maintain correct form and balance.
- Targeted Core Exercises – Your abdominal muscles are no different than your other muscles in the body. They need to be challenged! Would you think of doing hundreds of bicep curls during your workout? You need variety in your core workouts to keep a high level of intensity. At the end of this post, I will show you 5 exercises that you can try TODAY that will isolate and target your abs!!
- Post-workout Stretching – Don’t forget to also stretch out your core workout! This will increase blood flow to your abdominals (increased oxygen to your muscles), reduce post workout soreness, and increase flexibility.
Here are 5 AWESOME exercises that will target your abdominal muscles. If you do all of these exercises, you will target your upper and lower abdominals, as well as your obliques!
Perform 15 reps of each exercise below. Complete 2 sets.
- Spiderman Plank
- Bicycle Crunches
- Russian Twists
- Scissor Kicks
I did a short video for you to watch correct form on each of these exercises!!! Please see the beginning of the post! :)
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