Exercises For Abs

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Best 8 Exercises For Abs

by Valerie Zeller Valerie Zeller

Ab Crunches
Ab Crunches
Ab Crunches

Ab Crunch

Crunches are one of the most common exercises for your abdominal muscles. Similar to a sit-up, crunches involve lifting the upper body up off the floor or mat using your core. It’s important to not crunch so high that the exercise becomes a sit-up, because that will take emphasis off of your abdominals and onto your hip flexors.

How to do Ab Crunches

  • Lay flat on your back and put your hands behind your ear. Bend your knees and firmly place your foot on the concrete. This is your starting spot.

  • Keep your elbows bent, relax your core, and raise your shoulders and upper back off of the board. Keep at the top for a second and then withdraw back down to starting place.

In And Out Abs
In And Out Abs

In And Out Abs

In And Out Abs is a bodyweight exercise that works your abs, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower abs and upper abs and is a great challenging move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your core, hips, legs, lower body, thighs, upper legs and waist. It requires no equipment to do.

Scorpion
Scorpion

Scorpion

Scorpion is a bodyweight exercise that works your abs and quadriceps and is a great moderate move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your core, hips, legs, lower body, upper legs and waist. It requires no equipment to do.

How to do Scorpion

  • Begin lying facedown on the floor in a "T" role.

  • Remove your shoulders and move them to the side and stretch your left leg and arm gradually around your body to your right hand.

  • Keep this place and move back to the starting point.

Downward Dog
Downward Dog
Downward Dog

Downward Dog

Downward Dog is an integral part of yoga practice that helps the student easily flow from one position to the next. When done correctly, this iconic pose should leave your shoulders, core and legs feeling strong and engaged in a deep stretch.

How to do Downward Dog

  • Stretch your hands wide on the floor with your shoulders internally rotated. Position your feet hip-width apart. With your chin tucked into your chest and pelvic floor engaged, lift your hips and gaze at your toes through your legs. Keep your legs straight and your heels on the mat. Your body should look like an upside-down "V".

Reverse Crunches
Reverse Crunches
Reverse Crunches

Reverse Crunch

Reverse Crunches are a bodyweight exercise that works your abs and quadriceps and are a great basic move. When done correctly, they can effectively target your core, hips, legs, lower body, upper legs and waist. They require no equipment to do.

6. Plank

Plank
Plank
Plank

Plank

The plank is an isometric exercise that strengthens the entire torso, particularly the core. A standard plank is a simple and essential exercise for any fitness regimen, but correct alignment and positioning is critical for maximizing its benefits.

How to do Plank

  • Start out by sitting on all fours and aligning your hands right below your shoulders holding your knees under your thighs.

  • Extend both of your feet out behind you and squeeze on your core muscles, making sure that your body is aligned straight

  • Keep this place for around 30 seconds to a minute.

  • Free, move back to the starting point and repeat for as many occasions as you would like to complete this exercise.

Inverted Row
Inverted Row

Inverted Row

Inverted Row is a strength exercise that works your abs, traps and spinal erectors and is a great moderate move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your core, lower back, lower body, neck, shoulders, upper back, upper body and waist. It requires barbell to do.

How to do Inverted Row

  • Start out by taking a barbell and rising it on a rack at around waist level.

  • Place yourself underneath the handle, gripping it with a shoulder width grasp and holding your leg stretched straight out with feet on the table.

  • Flex up towards your knees, pushing your shoulders into the bar until you notice a pressure in your middle and lower back.

  • 4) Keep this role for a count and return back to the starting spot.

  • Repeat with as many reps and sets as needed.

Warrior Pose 1
Warrior Pose 1
Warrior Pose 1

Warrior Pose 1

Warrior Pose 1 is a bodyweight exercise that works your abs, deltoids, quadriceps, splenius and side deltoids and is a great basic move. When done correctly, it can effectively target your buttocks, core, hips, legs, lower body, neck, shoulders, upper body, upper legs and waist. It requires no equipment to do.

How to do Warrior Pose 1

  • Start out by walking laterally on the left leg so both legs are 3 feet apart.

  • Then raise the left knee at a 45 degree angle to your front foot and lunge into the right hip.

  • Hold the left leg straight and move the glutes and knees in the direction of the right and lift your arms upward in a complete stretch.

  • Keep this article for around 5 to 10 breaths and then turn sides.

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Check out these 572 exercises which target your core, waist, lower body, legs and upper legs. Most of them require either no equipment or mat, exercise ball, weight machine or barbell and you can do them either at gym or at home or outdoor.

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What muscles do these exercises target?

Most of the exercises work abs, quadriceps, deltoids, hamstrings and glutes.

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You can do most of these exercises either at gym or at home or outdoor.