Do you want to earn that six-pack ab but don’t have any idea where to start? In this article, we tackle the exercises you can do with and without equipment with the objective of building abdominal muscles. First things first, you need to work out the fats covering your tummy with a proper diet and fat-burning cardio. Once your tummy becomes flat, you are ready for the real work! Below are some of the effective exercises you can perform with or without using gym equipment.
Abs Exercises with Equipment
When done correctly, sit-ups can help in building abdominal muscles and strengthening your core. Choose an adjustable bench like BodyCraft F603 Flat/Incline Utility Bench w/wheels that features 0 to 85 degrees incline allowing you to choose from 6 different positions. Keep in mind that the higher the bench goes; the difficult it will be to do some sit-ups.
- Hanging Leg Lift
This is one of the well-known abs exercises you can do at home or in the gym using a power tower. Hold the grip on the bars with both palms at the same level and arms extended. Keep your leg straight and lift them both in the air. Do it 10 times.
- Cable Crunch
Crunch is one of the best workouts for those who are looking forward to adding mass to their abs using a cable handle rather than weights. Don’t worry if it's your first time, you will still be able to do 50 crunches. Start in a kneeling position facing the floor and hold the cable let it rest above your head. A beginner’s tip: you should start with high reps before adding weights. BodyCraft HFT Functional Trainer, 2x150lb Stacks w/ Free 55cm Stability Ball is the perfect equipment for your crunch workouts.
Abs Exercises without using Gym Equipment
Start in a plank position but make sure to put your weight on the forearms rather than your hands. Pull your belly button as long as you can, let say for 1 minute. If you want a twist, you can start in a high plank position with your hips wide apart. Tap the opposite shoulder with each of your hands. This exercise is called Plank Tap and it aims to strengthen your core and glutes muscles.
- Push Ups
Push-up is a common exercise for both men and women. It works the arms, shoulders and abdominal muscles all at once. The key to achieving impressive results is by doing this correctly so start in a high plank. Bend your elbows as you lower your body to the floor. Make sure to keep your arms straight when moving your body back up.
- Bicycle Crunch
Lie your back on the floor and hold your belly button to target your abdominal muscles. Place your hands behind your head then move one of your knees in toward your chest while the other leg is straight and lift your shoulder. Do the same thing to the other side of your body.
Don’t be a couch potato, start changing your routine by adding these exercises to work your abdominal muscles and if not at least add mass to your firmly built six-pack abs. If you prefer doing the abs exercise using gym equipment, you can check out both the BodyCraft F603 Flat/Incline Utility Bench w/wheels and BodyCraft HFT Functional Trainer, 2x150lb Stacks w/ Free 55cm Stability Ball in local stores near you or order online for utmost convenience.