Top Abdominal Exercises

by Lloyd Sterling on February 7, 2012

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Hey guys, I know its been a few days since my last post here. I’ve actually made a new youtube video. If you want to watch that go ahead and click the link below!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjb1OL_bzRE&feature=channel_video_title

 

anyway.. moving on.

 

Today was supposed to be X2 AB Ripper from P90X2, now I’ve done that workout a few times already and its pretty good. Nothing bad about it. Just today I got a little bored of it and wanted to try something new. Using my bench press in decline position and my 8lb medicine balls. This was my result!

AB Exercise Workout for February 7th, 2012.

1. Decline Situp
3 sets of 15 reps

2.  Ball Tosses
3 sets of 20 reps

3. Russian Twist
3 sets of 20 reps

 

 

Sit-ups 

Sit-ups engage your rectus abdominal muscle, commonly known as your “six pack” muscle. This muscle is primarily responsible for drawing your pelvis and your rib cage toward each other. Perform all abdominal exercises on a decline bench by sitting on the bench with one foot entwined in the foot supports and your other foot on top of the support. This position helps to maintain the natural curve in your spine, decreasing strain to your lower back. Do sit-ups by holding your arms straight in front of you or folded across your chest, lying all the way down and contracting your abs to return to the start position. As your strength improves, hold a dumbbell in both hands to make this exercise hard and progressively challenge your abdominal muscles. If you have low back problems, do not perform any abdominal exercise on a decline bench.

 

 

Ball Tosses

You will need a 6-lb to 8-lb medicine ball for this exercise and position your feet on the decline bench as you would for sit-ups. Ball tosses on the decline bench holds an isometric contraction for your rectus abdominal muscle, or a contraction in which the length of the muscle stays the same. Lean back 45 degrees with the ball between your hands and against your chest. Hold your abdominals tight and keep your trunk in the same place. Toss the ball up then catch the ball when it is close to your chest. Repeat for up to three sets of 20 throws per set. Increase the intensity by using progressively heavier balls, but decrease your reps to only 10 reps.

Russian Twists

Russian twists activate your oblique muscles, abdominal muscles on the sides of your torso. These muscles enable you to bend forward and rotate your spine between your pelvis and rib cage. Sitting properly on the decline bench, hold a 6-lb. medicine ball between your hands, with your arms straight in front of you. You need to simultaneously lean back and rotate to your right side. Then, come up rotating back to the center. Repeat this movement, alternating sides. Complete up to three sets of 20 total rotations per set. You may also increase the weight of the ball and decrease to 10 total rotations per set.

 

Overall I really enjoyed it, it was pretty hard but my abs defiantly felt a burn! Tell me what you think! Are you going to try it?

 

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