Choose The Best Ab Exercise

Abdominal exercise alone, even the best ab exercise, will never create that firm six pack stomach, no matter how many exercises you try or reps you complete.

We all have the potential to create a ripped midsection but until the layer of fat covering your gut is reduced your abs simply won't be visible.

So how do you get rid of this layer of fat to expose the amazing abs beneath?

Simply put you need to be burning more calories than you consume through a balanced fitness program including weight training and cardiovascular exercising (running, jogging, cycling etc.)

Just as important is your diet. In fact your nutritional progam will make or break your success when trying to achieve a six pack stomach. Even the timing of meals and the amount you consume is absolutely crucial.

If you have a large layer of body fat covering your abdominals, even the best ab exercise is not the solution. It is only once this fat layer has been considerably reduced that it is the time to work your way through the best ab exercise list.

Find the best ab exercise in the Best Ab Exercise Index

Bicycle Manouver

If you have never tried this one, do it now and I guarantee you'll agree it should be on any best ab exercise list. You'll feel a burn like never before - but be careful of your lower back and don't over-do it.

Lie on a mat with your lower back in a comfortable position. Place your hands on either side of your head by your ears and your legs straight.

Slowly go through a bicycle pedalling motion alternating your right elbow to your left knee and your left elbow to your right knee.

The closer to the floor your legs are lowered during each cycle without touching, the more your abs have to work. Do not pull on your head and neck during the exercise.

This is definitely a best ab exercise!

Alternating Twisting Sit-Up

Sit down on a sit-up board and hook your feet under the strap. With your knees slightly bent, put your hands behind your head and your chin on your chest.

Twist your upper body to the right. Retaining this position, inhale and lower your torso down until your lower back touches the board. Return to the starting position and exhale.

Now twist your upper body to the left and repeat the same movement. A movement to the right and left is considered one repetition.

Incline Compound Sit-Up

Position a sit-up board on a 25-30 degree angle. Sit down on the board with your feet on the high side and under the strap. With your knees just slightly bent, put your hands behind your head and your chin on your chest.

From this position, twist your torso to the right and inhale while lying back until your lower back touches the board. Return to the up position and exhale.

Now, twist your torso back to a straight position and inhale as your do a regular sit-up

After returning the the top position, twist your torso the the left and repeat the movement. You then twist your torso back to a straight postion and do a regular sit-up, then go to the right side, etc.

Compound Sit-Up

Sit down on a sit-up board and hook your feet under the strap. With your knees slightly bent, put you hands behind your head and your chin on your chest.

Twist your torso to the right and inhale as you lower your torso until your lower back touches the board. Return to the starting position and exhale.

Now twist your torso back to a straight position and inhale as you do a regular sit-up. After returning to the tip position, twist your torso the left and repeat the movement.

You then twist your torso to a straight position and do a regular sit-up again and then go back to the right etc.

Decline Bench Compound Sit-up

Sit on a decline bench with your knees bent and your feet held in place. Put your hands behind your head and your chin on your chest.

Twist your torso to the right and inhale while lying back until your lower back touches the board. Return to the up position and exhale,

Now twist your torso back to a straight position and inhale as you do a regular sit-up. After returning the the top position, twist your torso to the the left and repeat the movement. You then twist your torso to the straight position and do a regular sit-up and then go back to the right side, etc.

Incline Bench Compound Sit-Up

Lie back on an incline bench and place your feet on the foot pads with your knees slightly bent. Put your hands behind your head and place your chin on your chest.

From this posistion, twist your torso to the right and inhale while lowering your torso until your body is at about a 45 degree angle. Return to the starting position and exhale.

Now, twist your torso back to a straight position and inhale as you do a regular incline bench sit-up.

After returning to the top position, twist your torso to the left and repeat the movement. You then twist your torso to a straight position and do a regular incline bench sit-up again and then go back to the right side etc.

Non-Supported Compound Sit-up

Sit on the floor with your knees slightly bent. Put your hands behind your head and place you chin on your chest.

Twist your torso to the right and inhale as you lower your torso until your lower back touches the floor. Return to the starting position and exhale.

Now, twist your torso back to a straight position and inhale as you do a regular nonsupported sit-up. After returning to the top, twist your torso to the left and repeat the movement. You then twist your torso to a straight position and do a regular nonsupported sit-up again and back to the right, etc.

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