Want a sexy, sculpted midsection?
Forget sit-ups and crunches- you’ve got to get creative and train your abs all over the weight room, not just on the mat at the end of your workout.
Use multiple exercises, high reps, and challenge your core from all sides.
One of my favorite tools for ab work is the decline bench. It allows you to go past 90 degrees and increase the resistance against gravity which makes your core work a lot harder.
Here are three of my favorite decline bench ab exercises.
Squeeze the legs together and lift your feet towards the ceiling. Using your lower abs, push up towards the ceiling then use your core muscles to slowly lower back down. Do not go all the way to the floor. Keep your back flat against the bench. Don’t use your arms to pull you up, focus on using all your core strength. Do 3 sets of 12-15 reps.
Sit-up tall and be sure not to round the back. Twist and punch one arm out then slowly lower back down. Repeat on the other side. Try to fully extend the arm as much as possible. Start with 5 pound weights and work your way up to 8-10 pounds. Do 3 sets of 10 reps per side.
Squeeze the inner thighs and feet to keep from dropping the ball. Lift legs straight up towards the ceiling then push up slightly with the lower abs. Use your core to slowly lower back down. Do not go all the way to the floor. Keep your lower back pressed into the bench. To decrease the challenge, you can bend your knees slightly.
Remember, abs are built in the gym but revealed in the kitchen so be sure to eat healthy, avoid alcohol and sugar as much as possible and drink plenty of water if you want your hard work to show.