Ab Exercises You Absolutely Must Do!
Getting a six pack is not an easy task and today we will discuss the ab exercises you must do for a strong and healthy core. In fact, that is why less than 2 percent of the world’s population is lean enough to show off a six pack.
A clean wholesome diet and the correct exercises are the cornerstones of developing a ripped, washboard stomach. Many people mistakenly do hundreds of sit-ups thinking that these will automatically make them get abs of steel.
In most cases, there is no visible result and they resign themselves to a fate of having an unattractive midsection. The truth of the matter is that to see your abs, you should perform exercises that work the entire body. After those workouts, you may give about 10 to 15 minutes of attention to your abs.
Compound exercises have your name written all over them. The beauty about compound exercises is that they work several muscle groups at a time. So, your entire body gets a workout and your muscles get bigger and stronger overall.
Full body workouts also boost your metabolic rate and make you a fat burning machine.
You must burn off your fat stores till your body is at a single digit body fat percentage if you’re a man (6-9%)… and if you’re a female, your body fat percentage should be around 11% to 13% for the lean, toned look.
Deadlifts, lunges, squats, burpees, snatches, renegade rows, pull-ups, jump squats, bench presses are all excellent exercises for developing your abs.
You’re probably thinking… “But they don’t even target my abs?”
That’s true… but these are the exercises that will burn off the fat to expose your abs in all their glory. If you do not burn off the fat first, you will never see your abs despite all the ab workouts you do.
Developing your abs without burning your fat is like lighting a candle but placing a cup over it. You will never see the light.
Once you have made it a habit to incorporate compound exercises in your workouts, and you notice your fat levels dropping, you may do exercises to specifically target your abs.
You may do planks, TRX exercises, hanging leg raises, cable rotations, Swiss ball rollouts, ab wheel rollouts, barbell Russian twists, Swiss ball crunches, medicine ball Russian twists, seated knee tucks and so on.
The above exercises alone have enough variety to get you shredded abs.
Use compound exercises in a full body workout to burn off your fat to very low levels. Then target your abs with ab-specific exercises. You may be surprised to see that you will not even need to do ab exercises because the compound exercises indirectly work your abs and strengthen your core too.
Do note that just like any muscle, your abs should get a day or two of rest between ab workouts. This will allow them time to heal and get stronger.
Follow the advice in this article and you will be doing exactly the exercises that are requisite for head turning abs. If you do not know how to do any of the exercises, check out our best resource for building six pack abs.
Stay the course and persist. Abs take time to develop and time to appear… but they’re worth the wait.