If you want to have killer abs you can’t just do regular abdominal exercises, you have to mix it up. Many people find themselves doing endless sit-ups and crunches. This can be demoralizing and may not give you the results you want. There are other options that will actually boost your metabolism and help you build perfect abs.
The most interesting ab workouts don’t involve any direct ab exercises. These exercises will work you whole body, but they will also give you a fairly rigorous ab workout. You also get the extra bonus of stimulating metabolism while you work your abs. Many people want to get nicer abs, but they get bored with the typical ab workout. The key is really variation. These are some examples of interesting ab exercises, but remember to mix it up and give yourself some variety.
Here is an example:
1. Renegade Dumbbell Rows
2. Front Squats with Barbell
3. Mountain Climbers
For each exercise you should do 3 or 4 sets of 8 reps. You can also do more sets with less reps. Choose a specific amount of time to do the mountain climbers (20 to 30 seconds) in place of a “rep”.
Renegade Dumbbell Rows
Start this exercise in the pushup position with your hands on the dumbbells. Row a dumbbell while you stabilize yourself with your other arm. Bring your arm to the floor and then alternate the rowing arm. This exercise will really work your abs and you will start to feel it right away.
Front Squats with Barbell
This exercise is similar to back squats. The barbell should be in front of your shoulders instead of being on your upper back. Stabilize the weight by assuming a crossed-arm position and with your arms parallel to the floor. Now bend the knees forward and squat. This exercise helps to develop strong abs because the weight is primarily focused on the front of the body. This is often thought of as a leg exercise, but it will also help you build a strong core with rock-hard abs.
You may remember this exercise from your high school gym class. These exercises actually work your whole body. Start by getting in the pushup position with the balls of your feet on the floor. Now bring one knee toward your chest and alternate each leg toward your chest and back again to the starting position. Again, you will really start to see results in your abs with this exercise.
Each of these exercises may take some practice, but eventually you will be an expert. If you need some help with the form ask for guidance from a professional trainer to watch videos online to make sure you are doing the exercises correctly.
Between each exercise you can rest for 20-30 seconds before moving on the next exercise. In between each set of 3, you can take 1 or 2 minutes to rest. Remember that the key to effective exercise is to push yourself as hard as you can. If you start feeling lazy, just imagine how pleased you will be with the results. It will all be worth the work in the end.
Don’t torture yourself with endless crunches and sit-ups when you can have an interesting ab workout. The exercises described above are just an example of some of the types of activities you can do to strengthen your abs. If you need more ideas then ask a trainer the next time you are at the gym. Choose your favorite exercises and remember to “mix it up”.