Build static strength and gym-ready abs with the front leaning rest
Build abs without moving a muscle. It's not as nice as it sounds
Want better abs without moving a muscle? Be careful what you wish for. Isometric training – basically, anything where you tense your muscles without moving – can be more effective than sit-ups, but it’s no less challenging. It’s been used for decades, and with good reason: according to one German study, a single daily effort of six seconds at a time increased strength 5% a week, and not just in the isometric position but throughout the muscle’s entire range of motion.
With all that in mind, allow us to introduce the front leaning rest. This plank alternative adds shoulder tension to the classic abs-builder’s list of requirements, turning it into a brutal full-body move. It’ll add strength and size in all the right places – even if you’re begging to go back to sit-ups after two minutes.