10 Ab Exercises to Kill Your Core
Want washboard abs? A six pack? Then these ab exercises aren’t the only thing you’re gonna need to do.
Abs are made in the kitchen. And while we debunked the myth that you can ‘spot train’, core exercises will give you a stronger midsection which is important for all exercises.
You pretty much engage your core in everything you do from walking to sneezing.
So, if you’re eating clean and hoping to reap the rewards with a some ab exercises to whip your core into shape, you’ve come to the right place, fit friend.
Let’s get crunchin’.
The good ol’ fashioned crunch engages your whole core. Prop your feet up on a bench for some extra burn, place your hands behind your head and lift your upper body towards the bench using your core.
2. Crunch on Stability Ball
The stability ball can up your game when it comes to many exercises–including the ab exercise. It requires you to engage MORE of your core because you’re not resting your legs on a stationary object and as you move, you have to reposition your body parts. So, do a crunch on a stability ball to keep your core on its ‘toes’.
3. Decline Crunch
Nothing changes up the ab exercise game like doing core exercises at a different angle. Get a decline bench, hang your hot bod downward by tossing your knees over the top and work against gravity. Feel your abs engage and burn. Ooooh, do it again.
4. Decline Oblique Crunch
While you’re there, don’t forget about your obliques as part of your ab exercise—the muscles on the sides of your abdomen. When crunching forward, twist and repeat for each side.
5. Ab Exercise Ball Pull In
Oh, another stability ball exercise, huh? You bet your tight core. This is like plank hell. Get into a plank position and then raise your legs upward and rest them on the ab exercise ball. Make sure you get all of your shin and up to your knee on the ball. When you’re straightened out, pull your legs towards your core –only using your core. Return to starting position, whimper and repeat.
6. Musculation Ab Exercise
This ab exercise is AWESOME. Under a chair or in between anything safe that can hold onto your legs, stick them while holding a weight behind your head. CRUNCH. CRY. REPEAT.
7. Seated Ab Crunch
Moving onto a machine, rather than sitting forward and doing chest-pull downs or the like, grab the cable, turn around and crunch forward. Keep doing this ab exercise until someone tells you they need to cut in.
8. Side Plank
It’s not you, it’s us—trying to help you. We don’t hate you….but we gotta bring in the…….SIDE PLANK *insert echo here for effect*
Rather than planking downward, flip to your side in this ab exercise. You’ll need to play around with your feet positioning to get it just right. It’s easy to topple forward or backward, or experience a bit of pain if you don’t get your feet right when doing this ab exercise. Now hold it. For at least 30 seconds. There you go. Now flip to the other side and repeat.
9. Stability Ball Ab Exercise
Back to the ball! This core exercise is a great way to get more range of motion to challenge your abs. Crunch and repeat.
10. Weighted Ball Side Bend
While you’re on the ball, turn to your side like you did with the side plank in this ab exercise. Bend your body focusing on obliques. Do both sides in this core exercise.
There you have it. 10 Ab Exercises to Kill Your Core. But don’t forget—you can’t out train a bad diet and you can ONLY get abs in the kitchen. As long as you have fat covering up your abs, no matter how much you train them—they’ll never show through.
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