Tired of Crunches? Try These Ab Exercises!
Want to have shredded abs and lose belly fat? Tired of doing ab crunch after ab crunch? If so, from planks and hanging leg raises to Russian twists, there are better ways to work your core muscles. Studies have actually found that crunches don’t activate all muscles in the abdominal area.
Let’s a look at these five ab exercises that really work:
Hanging Leg Raise
Also known as the captain’s chair, the hanging leg raises targets the rectus abdominis and obliques. According to the American Council on Exercise, it’s one of the most effective core exercises out there. It works the entire core region, sculpts your lower abs, and increases total body strength.
Decline Russian Twist
This advanced core exercise requires the upper abs to contract isometrically. It also hits the obliques and builds core strength. For a more challenging workout, hold a medicine ball or a weight plate in your hands. Perform at least 15 reps per set.
The ab rollout is one of the few exercises targeting the anterior core. As you roll forward, your core muscles work hard to support your weight and keep you in balance. With this move, you’ll build stronger and more defined abs within weeks. If you don’t have an ab wheel, use a barbell.
Twisting Mountain Climbers
Twisting mountain climbers are touted as the ultimate cardio exercise. This simple yet challenging move provides a full body workout, leading to a strong core and increased endurance. It also boosts your metabolism and burns fat, helping you get rid of those pesky love handles.
The plank jack raises your heart rate and shapes your abs while increasing metabolism. This cardio exercise can be used for HIIT, Tabata, ab training, or full body circuits. Due to its intense nature, it burns a tonne of calories. The primary muscles worked are the abs, shoulders, and legs. In the long run, the plank jack will improve your cardiovascular fitness and shrink your waist.
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