Tired of reading false claims by different exercise machine manufacturers who promise to help you get rock solid abs in a few weeks? Fortunately, a person may be able to achieve a great body and abs without sweating it out at the gym on different exercising equipment. Below are three simple exercises that can help you develop impressive abdominal muscles.
Bicycles are a great combination exerciseBicycles are a great exercise for both the abs and obliques as they combine a straight crunch with a side crunch. This great combination exercise is a time saver for you if in a hurry or you only want to do one exercise. As with all crunches, you need to remember that the motion is to lift the shoulder up toward the ceiling. When performing this exercise, one of your shoulders should be lifted up toward the ceiling and the opposing knee brought up to meet it. A switch to your other shoulder and knee should then be made in a slow, fluid motion. This exercise should be done on a lightly padded surface, such as a carpet or thin workout foam pad. When starting this exercise, your left shoulder should point up toward the ceiling and right knee should be brought to the left elbow. For beginners, it is much easier to start with the hands at one’s sides rather than touching elbow to the opposing knee. The motion should be repeated with right shoulder up toward the ceiling and left knee brought to the right elbow.
Crunches – one of the best ab exercises
Crunches are, perhaps, the most common and popular exercise for abdominal muscles. When doing crunches, your focus should be on achieving the perfect form rather than the reps completed. Crunches should be done on a carpeted floor. When starting this exercise, you need to ensure that the knees are bent and the feet are flat on the floor. Your hands should be held lightly behind the head so that they support most of the head weight. Your neck and head should be completely relaxed and shoulders pushed down into the floor. While counting slowly to two seconds, your shoulders should be brought up toward the ceiling without moving the hands, elbows or head. It may help to stare at a spot on the ceiling and try and make the head move directly to that spot. There should be no bending of neck, nodding of the head or flapping of the arms. Your upper body should slowly levitate towards the ceiling and an effort needs to be made to go as far up as possible.
Abdominal leg raises
Another effective exercise for abdominal muscles is leg raises. This leg raise exercise may be performed on a carpet or thin workout foam pad in a room, where there is sufficient space to fully stretch out. This exercise would require you to lie flat on your back, with your hands under your hips. The hands should be positioned such that your tail bone is resting on your hands and not the floor. Straighten and raise your legs so that they are up to six inches off the floor. Hold this position for a second and then without bending your knees, raise your legs until they are nearly perpendicular to the floor. Repeat this motion as many times as possible.
Getting the perfect abs is possible, without working out on equipment, by doing some simple exercises at home.
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