The following is what I consider the best abs exercises. I use the word abs just as a term so that you the end user can find this article easier. A better term though is core. Your core is made up of not just your abs (rectus abdominis), but you internal oblique’s, external oblique’s, transverse abdominis, back extensors and one more. Strengthening your abs in the method given will not only produce great looking abs. It will also provide better overall functioning of the body and prevent injury on a day to day basis.
The idea or philosophy behind this method is to train the abs or core as you would any other muscle group for strength. This means you may need to add other forms of resistance. Your goal will be to complete following exercises and not to exceed 12 repetitions. Since we are training with heavier resistances you will need a resting day in between. To maximize the results you may want to do some type of calisthenics in between sets. We use calisthenics because these exercises include the major muscle groups, work your core and elevate your heart rate fast.
By no means is this an easy workout. You may actually find that just doing the abs routine will elevate your heart rate enough. If this is the case skip the calisthenics and stretch or walk during the rest periods. You should only do this routine 2 or 3 times a week. Make sure that you cannot do more than 12 repetitions of each exercise. If you can do more than 12 you need to add weight. If you cannot do at least eight repetitions you will need to lessen the weight or change to an easier exercise until you can complete eight repetitions.
Before starting the routine you need to be warmed up. Make sure that you spend 5 to 10 minutes doing cardio and active stretching to warm up your body to prevent injury and spikes in heart rate. Just as important, when the routine is completed make sure that do some walking and cool down. Let your heart rate drop. You then can finish the routine with some static stretching. This will help prevent blood pooling.
So with that all being said here are the 10 best abs exercises.