Best Abs Exercises

By: Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN


When most people think of abs exercises they think of sit-ups and leg lifts and other movements that involve dangerous amounts of hip and spinal flexion. Don't get me wrong, these exercises are ok for strengthening your abs but they come with a serious price - potentially serious low back problems.

So, with that in mind, in this article I'd like to share 3 of the best abs exercises that I use. They are unconventional but boy do they work. The reason the abdominal exercises are so great is that keep your spine in a neutral position, meaning that there is little to no movement in your spine (which is a good thing).

Instead, the following 3 ab sculpting exercises focus on core and spinal stability by training your 6-pack rectus abdominis and deeper core muscles like your transverse abdominis, internal and external obliques, multifidus, and quadratus. If you've never heard of those muscles, don't worry, it doesn't really matter. Just understand that they all work together to support your spine, improve your posture, and create a trim and sexy waistline.


DB Front Squats

You might be saying, "What on earth do squats have to do with abs?" Well, the answer is everything, especially in the front squat. You just have to try this exercise to feel it - it's as simple as that.

Holding the dumbbells at shoulder height with your upper arms parallel to the floor and core engaged, descend into a squat position, then return to standing. Not only is this one of the best abs exercises but it is also a fantastic exercise for strengthening your legs!



Grass Hoppers

This is a phenomenal ab exercise because it involves elements of spinal stability with rotation. As such, it's a great way to train your obliques and can be very helpful for people involved in sports that involve rotation such as golf, tennis, or hockey.

In this exercise, you'll be starting in a push-up position and then you're going to drive one leg under and across the opposite side of your body so that the leg forms an L shape with your torso. This is tough. Repeat for 10 reps on each side.



Spiderman Knee Drives

Picture spiderman scaling a building. That's what we're doing here. Hold the bottom position of a push-up and then drive one knee at a time into the same side elbow.

Repeat for a total of 20 reps (10 on each side).



So there you go. 3 of the best abs exercises that you can possibly do. They're a little unconventional but they work wonders helping build a strong core and getting you on your way to the ultimate six pack abs.


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