Want washboard abs and train them at home? Here are the exercises to do it! But don’t neglect the word of warning at the end!
Your Ab Muscles
Let’s start with a look at your ab muscles, so you have an idea what you are training there. There is a quadrillion muscles in that area, but two are important for a nice definition.
The first is the rectus abdominis, that runs from your ribcage to your pelvis. The second are the obliques, that start around the ribcage and go down to the sides of the hip bone.
Training The Rectus Abdominis
The uncrowned king of ab exercises is the crunch. Key with these is to fixate a spot above you and to not pull on your head.
Training The Obliques
To get the obliques, all we have to do is a slight variation of the regular crunch, the “twisted” crunch.
Training Both At Once
With three exercises you can train both the rectus abdominis and the obliques at the same time. The first two are the regular and the side plank, the third is the standing leg raise. That one you can even do when brushing your teeth!
Why No Sit-Ups?
A lot of people still do sit-ups, but for your ab muscles they don’t do all that much. Because they mostly train the hip flexors, deep muscles you won’t ever see outside of doing an autopsy on yourself.
The Word Of Warning
I mentioned a word of warning in the beginning. Here it is: ab exercises alone won’t get you a six-pack!
Picture courtesy of Walt Stoneburner.