The Best Ab Exercises That Are Most Effective

by ered222

Some of the most effective ab exercises that anyone can try.

Over the years there has been hundreds of products that claim to help you get a six pack quick and easy. But a lot of the advertisers don't tell you that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to see any results in your midsection.

A lot of people struggle when trying to show their abs.  They think that getting abs is impossible for them and only people who are superhuman can obtain them.  This is not true.  The main reason why so many people struggle to get abs is because they have fat that covers their abdominals.  They have a layer of fat that blocks the view of them.  So when somebody tells you that they want to get abs, tell them they already have defined abs, they just need to lose that layer of fat. 

 In order to lose that belly fat, you have to eat the right foods and exercise your entire body to see results.  A lot of people think that by just working their abs, they can get a six-pack, but this is furthest from the truth.  They need to work every muscle to help with burning that layer of fat.  Spot reduction does not exist!  Spot reduction is the idea that working just one muscle you can loose weight.

 You also need to eat healthy foods that are low in fat and sugar.  The saying goes “Abs aren't made in the gym, they are made in the kitchen”.  This is one of the most important things you need to know about in order to achieve great abs because it doesn't matter how many sit ups you do, its about what you eat.  You could do 1000 crunches a day, but if you went to McDonald's that day, it's really not going to help you any and you wont see any improvement in your abs.

Ab Exercises
Ab Exercises

The Best Ab Exercises

The four main parts of your abdominals are your upper, lower, left obloquie, and your right oblique.  In order to get the full effect of the six-pack you need to work all of these.  To work all of these evenly here are some of the best ab exercises that you can do at home or at the gym.

Exercise Ball Crunch

This is an exercise very similar to a regular crunch, except for the fact that you sit on an exercise ball instead.  This exercise is much more effective than the regular crunch because it allows your body to extend more, giving your abs more room to flex and put more stress on them.  To perform the exercise ball crunch, start by putting your lower back on the ball in a laying position and then begin to crunch your abs as you pull yourself up.  You can also try to hold a weight in front of you to add extra resistance.

Leg Raise

In this exercise you start by laying down with your body flat.  Then you begin to raise your legs with a slight bend.  Keep raising them until they are vertical and then begin to lower your legs slowly to the ground and repeat.  Keep your hands by your sides with your palms facing the floor.

The Plank

To start the plank you want to get down on your elbows.  Have your whole forearm planted firmly on the floor and also your toes.  Then raise your torso so that your back is flat.  You should feel the burn in your abs as you do this.  Hold this position until you can't hold it any longer.

Bicycle Kicks

With this exercise you are working every section of your abs.  To start bicycle kicks, begin to lay down with your hands behind your head.  Now raise your legs in the air.  Then begin to extend one of your legs horizontal to the floor, as if you were riding a bicycle.  Then do the same with the other leg.  Repeat that until you can't do another repetition.

Updated: 03/17/2012, ered222
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