Let’s get one thing very clear before we even discuss what may be a good routine for your abs. If you are looking to show off your abs, regardless of what you may have heard, abs are “made in the kitchen” and not just in the gym. You need to follow a clean diet that is not excessive in calories, as no amount of specific abdominal exercises can spot reduce the belly fat that covers up your muscles!
Previously, I have discussed how you can adjust your eating in order to reveal your abdomen. Here I want to focus on some of my favourite exercises that target the overall abdomen and helps me build a strong core. I often see people training their core by doing thousands of crunches. Crunches are great, however, they mainly work the upper abs. In order to have a good functioning abdomen, you need to build the abs properly and work on all parts of your core.
Here is one of my routines to follow, which targets all areas of your abs:
My routine is composed of five exercises carefully chosen to target all the different parts of my abs, ie upper abs, lower abs and external obliques. First I start with:
Lie flat on your back and have your feet elevated on a bench.
You can place your hands on your chest or behind your neck.
Flexing your abdomen, raise your shoulders and torso as far as possible from the ground in a curling movement.
Retaining tension on the abs, lower your shoulders to the beginning position and avoid temptation to rock back and forth and instead have a controlled movement.
Sit on the edge of a bench with your legs extended in front of you and your hands holding on to the sides for support.
Keeping your knees together, pull your knees in towards your chest until you can go no further.
Keeping the tension on your lower ab muscles, return to the start position and repeat the movement until you have completed your set.