If you want to develop your abs you will need to go beyond the traditional sit-ups and crunches. These are exercises which may work for beginners but if you really want to build strong and toned abs, you will need to do more. In this article I will share 3 of the best exercises that you can do in order to develop your abs both in terms of strength and in their appearance.
1. Planks – To do a plank you need to lie on the floor face down. Lace your fingers together and lift yourself up on your forearms. The only parts of your body that should be touching the floor need to be your forearms and hands and the toes of your feet.
Your back should be straight with your eyes looking down so your neck and back form a single line. Maintain this position for as long as you can and feel the tension in your abs build.
To make this exercise harder you can try lifting one foot off the floor and holding it slightly higher than the floor. This will force your core muscles to work much harder.
2. Hanging leg raises – This is one of the hardest ab exercises I know. To do it properly you need a pull up bar to hang from, although a similar movement can be done with a captain’s chair station at the gym.
You start this exercise by hanging with outstretched arms from a pull up bar. With your abdominal muscles, bring both legs up toward your torso. If it’s too hard to do so with straight legs, bend them. Feel the crunch in your abs and slowly return to the starting position. Repeat as many times as you can. If, at any time, this becomes easy, you can add ankle weights for greater intensity.
3. Sprinting – This may seem odd because this is running and not an abdominal workout. However, have you ever tried to feel your stomach when you sprint? Try it. It will be hard as steel because your abdominal muscles are contracting very hard as you sprint. They work with every step.
So, try sprinting for 10 seconds in the park or street near your home. After 10 seconds walk back the distance you ran and sprint across it again. Do so several times once every two days for a number of weeks. You will see and feel your abs get stronger.
This is how you develop you abs.
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