Getting a six-pack is an achievement for anyone into fitness and attaining that goal is a sign of master. While most will tell you that abs are made in the kitchen, meaning that diet plays a large role in obtaining the desired look, when doing ab exercises it’s important to select ones that help you hit this chain of muscles from all angles to get the definition that makes a six-pick a sight we can’t take our eyes off of.
1. Medicine ball
2. Russian twist
3. Reverse crunch
4. Raised-leg crunch
Suspend your legs in the air and complete your crunch. For an extra element of difficulty cross one leg over the other while completing a set of crunches and then alternate with the oppose leg on top for the next set.
5. Bicycle crunch
Perform this exercise with arms out to the side and legs bent at the knee. Twist opposing arm to meet the opposing leg to lightly touch the elbow and knee. Repeat for the other side. This should look like your legs are pedaling a bike.
Start this variation with your arms and legs outstretched and simulatenously bring both arms and legs up in an attempt for them to meet in the middle. Keep arms and legs straight and don’t attempt to overextend.
7. Scissor kicks
These sound almost exactly as they are performed. Lay on the ground and alternate your legs up and down like the motion of a pair of scissors. This will target the lower abdominals. Ensure you keep the scissoring slow and measured.
8. Windshield wiper
If you have a pull-up bar you can use this equipment, but if not these can be done while lying on the ground. To start raise your legs to the ceiling and then move them from side to side slowly mimicking the action of a windshield wiper.
9. Side-plank crunch
From a regular plank turn to the side lifting one arm off the ground. From your side plank position bring your elbow and knee from the leg on the top of your plank to meet while squeezing your oblique muscle.
10. Standing crunch
Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and with your arms by your side begin by reaching one arm down your leg and hold and then repeat for the alternate side. You can also add weights or kettle-bells to increase the difficulty of this variation.