Many times people think it's too difficult to sculpt amazing abs. In reality, it is only difficult and nearly impossible when there is a layer of fat above the muscles. So, the first step is to lose the fat. Once the fat has melted away, begin implementing ab workout routines to develop and enhance the ab muscles.
Here are 3 killer ab exercises to include in your workouts for abs that will help you begin to sculpt some beautiful looking abs. Incorporating these exercises into a single routine will work each of the ab muscle groups and get you well on to your very own set of six pack abs:
1. Obliques Muscle Exercise - Dumbbell Side Bends
This is for working your side ab muscles your midsection. To perform this exercise you will need a dumbbell. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and holding a dumbbell in one of your hands, down to your side. From a standing upright position, keeping your back straight and bending only from your waist, begin to lower the dumbbell down towards the floor (going down the side of your leg) as far as you can go. It is helpful to place your opposite hand on your waist as you do this exercise. Perform 12-15 repetitions in a controlled fashion taking the time to insure proper form and position. Repeat this exercise for the other side, and execute 3 sets of this exercise for each side. Alternatively, 2 sets of 20 reps is also a good workout option.
If you can not make it to 12 reps with the dumbbell weight, then the weight is too heavy and you should use a lower weighted dumbbell. If you can easily go past 15 reps, then the dumbbell weight is too light and you should use a heavier weighted dumbbell.
2. Middle and Upper Ab Muscles - Lying Ab Crunches With Exercise Ball
This exercise is for isolating the mid and upper ab muscles to give them a good workout and you will need an exercise ball (or use can use a chair or sofa as long as your legs will be bent at 90 degrees). You begin this exercise by lying on the floor just as you would for a normal crunch. Keep your back flat on the floor and place your legs on top of an exercise ball so that your knees are bent at a right angle. Your legs should be about 4-5 inches apart on top of the ball with your toes of each foot pointing inwards until they touch each other. With your arms crossed over your chest begin by raising your shoulders up and in towards your knees raising only about 4 inches off the floor. It is important to keep your lower back on the floor while raising your shoulders up towards your knees. Perform 3 sets of 12-15 reps, or alternatively 2 sets of 20 reps.
3. Lower Ab Muscles - Lying Reverse Ab Crunches
This is a great exercise that works the lower abdominals and can be done practically anywhere without any special equipment. Start by lying on the floor, preferably on a mat if you have one, and placing your hands under your butt (gluteus maximus) palms facing down to the floor and your legs straight out. Slowly bring your knees up and in towards your chest at the same time raise your chin in and towards your chest to have your knees and chin meet in the upwards position as close to the chest as possible. Then slowly lower your knees and chin back down and repeat for a total of 12-15 reps. Perform 3 sets. Alternatively, just like the previous two exercises, you can perform 2 sets of 20 reps.
In order to get the ab muscles to shine through, remember to remove the fat layer first, and then exercise each of the 3 ab muscle groups. The exercises above will surely help tone and develop your ab muscles to better than ever.
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