Stop doing sit ups and start doing different exercises for abs! Changing up your routine will do nothing but help you!
When it comes to working the abs, most people revert to the same old exercises that they’ve been doing.
Unfortunately, these standard exercises, such as sit-ups, crunches and leg lifts don’t focus on your obliques.
Which leaves plenty of other exercises to be substituted in!
Here is my absolute favorite oblique exercise of all time..
Along with two exercises for abs that strengthen your obliques.
Therefore, if you are a beginner..
Start with number 1.
But if you are more advanced..
Start with number 2 or maybe even number 3.
Exercises For Abs That Work Your Obliques
1. Floor Wipers With Bent Legs
Here you will lay down on your back with your legs pointing to the ceiling. Put your arms out to the side for stability during the exercise. After getting into position, bend your knees to a 90 degree angle.
From here, you will lower your legs down to one side. Lower them until your knees is about 2 inches above the ground. Then using your outer oblique muscle, pull your legs back up. You will then do this same movement to the other side and repeat for 10 reps each way. After you have completed 10 reps, you will rest for 1 minute and repeat 4 times.
2. Floor Wipers with Straight Leg
This will be very similar to the floor wiper with bent legs.. But you will simply straight your legs to make it harder.
So keep your arms out to the side for stability, and lower your legs down to the side. Once your feet are about 2-3 inches off the ground, return back to starting position. Drop your legs down to the other side and repeat for 10 reps each way. After you have completed 10 reps, you will rest for 1 minute and repeat 4 times.
3. Hanging Windshield Wipers
These are going to be the hardest of the three exercises, BY FAR! So make sure you have the upper body and oblique strength to perform this correctly!
To perform this movement, you will start by hanging from a pull up bar. The first thing you will do is flip upside down so your butt is higher than your head. (This will allow you to ease into starting position.) Once here, you will stick your legs straight up towards the ceiling. Then lower your butt until your back is parallel to the ground. Next, you will hold your upper body in position and keep your shoulders facing the ceiling at all times. Then lower your legs down to one side until they are parallel to the ground. Then, using your obliques, pull your legs back up to starting position. Do this both way for a total of 8-10 reps or as many as you can. Rest for 1 minute and repeat 3 times.
If you do this correctly, this will BURN!
So try these exercises for abs out today and work your way up to exercise number three!
Once you have achieved the ability to do the final of the three exercises..
It will become a powerful weapon in your arsenal of exercises for abs workouts that you can do anytime!
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