Six-pack, abs, washboard stomach…all of these are used to describe a strong set of abdominal muscles. Do you want to be envied for your own sleek, sexy, abs of steel? If you answered “yes”, then keep reading.
I’ve put together some of the most effective exercises for your abs; but before viewing that list, let’s talk about the anatomy of our abdominal region. Learning about your stomach muscles and the specific function(s) of these muscles will give you an advantage when it comes to toning and tightening your abs. You hear people talk about the upper and lower abs, which leads us to believe that there are separate muscles in the upper and lower abdominal region. Not true!! The upper and lower abdominals are actually one long paired muscle, the Rectus Abdominis. This muscle starts at the pubic bone and ends at the sternum.
Next, we have the Obliques. There are 4 oblique muscles, 1 internal and 1 external on each side of the body. The obliques connect the ribs, the top of the hip bone, fascia of the abdominals and the lower back.
Last but not least, the “Transverse Abdominis”, the deepest abdominal muscle.
Now that we’ve learned about the anatomy of the abdomen,
- n, let’s go to work!!
Here is my list of the most effective exercises to help you obtain sexy, defined, abs.
Leg raises, Flutter kicks, and raised leg crunches are all great for lower abs. Make sure you always exhale when the abs are engaged.
For the obliques I recommend the following:
Side crunches, bicycle crunches, and Russian twists.