4. Ab Rollout
The ab rollout, AKA the ab wheel rollout, AKA the filthy whore, (it’s probably not known as that last one, but it should be) is a real rough and tough ab exercise for beginners. Using an ab wheel, you get in a push-up position and stretch out.
This is a great exercise for working all of those stabilizer muscles in your back, front, arms, legs; pretty much your whole body.
It’s almost like doing a moving plank. And it’s perfect for working your abs when you have limited time. But don’t rush them or you might hurt yourself.
3. Lying Overhead Reach
This exercise is good for working your shoulders as well as your core. And while it’s an exercise used with weight, you only need to use between five and ten pounds. After all, you don’t want to tear yourself a new one.
To get the best results with the lying overhead reach, aim to do three to four sets of 15 reps for each set.
Take your time until you get the hang of it. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much your arms and shoulders get worked during these.
2. Hanging Leg Raises
This one is a classic exercise for gymnasts, bodybuilders, and various athletes alike. Not only are these a wonderful core exercise, they really help work those stubborn lower abs, too.
And hanging leg raises completely take out the uncomfortable nature of on the ground exercises like crunches.
This means you won’t be putting any unneeded stress on the lower back while working your lower abs. Which is something that’s quite hard to do.
These are best if you perform four to five sets to failure. Also, these really should be added as one of your main ab exercises because they work your core so well.
We’ll end our list with one of the most effective and popular crunch alternatives. Planks really are the opposite of a crunch as the whole goal is to keep your core tight and stable as you hold the plank position.
This exercise takes some effort to get good at performing for extended periods of time. But once you do, you’ll find your core strength is off the charts.
They are especially good for preventing back pain and injuries, making you able to hold heavier weights without an issue. This is especially important for athletes or people who work manual labor jobs.
If you want to read more about plank workouts, you’re in luck! This article on planks will teach you everything you need to know.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the article. These ab exercises will help you sculpt the midsection you’ve always wanted.