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Abs & Obliques

1 min
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9 exercises
Ab Crunch Machine
Cable Core Rotation
Captain's Chair Leg Raises
Leg Pull-In Knee-ups
Swiss Ball Knee Tuck to Chest
Upward Cable Wood Chops
Weighted Russian Twists
Battle Rope Snakes
Alternate Heel Touchers
Abs & Obliques
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9 exercises
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Ab Crunch Machine
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
  1. Sit on the ab machine and select a slight resistance. Position your feet under the pads and grab hold of the top handles.
  2. Make sure your arms are bent at 90 degrees and rest your triceps on the pads.
  3. Begin lifting your legs up as you engage your abs and crunch your upper torso. Exhale as you do so.
  4. Pause and slowly return to starting position as you inhale.

Tip: Use slow, controlled motions and concentrate on using your abs to control the weight. Your feet and legs should be relaxed throughout.

Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Forearms
  1. Kneel in front of a cable station with a rope attachment connected to the top pulley.
  2. Grip the rope attachment and place your wrists against your forehead.
  3. Flex your hips slightly to take the weight and to hyperextend your lower back.
  4. Keeping your hips stationary, bend at the waist so that your elbows travel down towards the middle of  your thighs. Hold for a count of one.
  5.  Return to the start position in a controlled movement and repeat.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
  1. Lie flat on your back with your feet flat on the ground, with your knees bent at 90 degrees. Alternatively, you can place your feet up on a bench a few inches apart with your toes turned inwards and touching.
  2. Hold a plate, dumbbell, kettlebell, or medicine ball securely above your head.
  3. Keep your elbows locked.
  4. Push your back down flat into the floor to isolate your abdominal muscles.
  5. Gently curl your shoulders forward and up off the floor.
  6. Continue to push down into the floor with your lower back.
  7. Raise your shoulders about four to six inches only.
  8. Hold and squeeze your abdominal muscles for a count of one.
  9. Return to the start position in a smooth movement.

Make sure the weight is held very securely!

Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
  1. Lie on your back. Bring your knees up to a 90-degree angle. Shins should be parallel to the floor. Place your hands behind your head and bring your shoulders off the ground.
  2. Exhale and contract your abdominals. Bring your head towards your knees while moving your knees toward your chest.
  3. Pause and return to the starting position.
Cable Core Rotation
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Obliques
  1. Adjust the pulley handle to chest height. Step out and away from the weight. Feet are shoulder-width. Stand with a tight core and flat back. Push the handle out in front of you. Keep elbows slightly bent.
  2. Twist from the hips. Move arms across the body, achieving a full extension.
  3. Return to starting position.
  4. Once complete, do the same amount of sets/reps on the other side.
Primary muscle group(s):
Hamstrings, Obliques, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Calves, Hamstrings
  1. Secure a firm grip with both hands on an appropriately weighted dumbbell. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Begin by moving the dumbbell up and over towards your right side.
  2. Twist your body to bring the dumbbell down and to the left. Bend at the knees and drop your hips slightly. Make the motion of placing the dumbbell on the ground.
  3. Repeat the movement, taking the dumbbell back up and overhead. Keep your arms straight throughout.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
Secondary:
Biceps, Forearms, Lower Back
  1. Sit on an exercise mat with your legs fully extended and your upper body upright.
  2. Grip a weight plate between both hands.
  3. Hold the plate out in front of your abdominals keeping your arms bent slightly.
  4. Cross your your ankles and raise them off the floor slightly.
  5. Bend your knees towards you slightly.
  6. Lean back about 15 degrees to balance your body. This is the start position.
  7. In a smooth motion,turn your torso to the left and touch the plate on the floor. Make sure you exhale as you do this.
  8. Return to the start position inhaling as you do so.
  9. Repeat the same movement, this time to your right side, again exhaling as you do so.
  10. Return to start position and repeat.

When performing this exercise, use smooth controlled movements. Jerking or using momentum to swing the weight can cause serious lower back injury.

Captain's Chair Leg Raises
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Place your forearms are on the pads or bars of the apparatus you are using and grip the handles or bars. Your arms should be bent at 90 degrees and your upper arms in a straight line with your sides.
  2. Your torso should be straight and your lower back pressed against the pad of the bench if using one.
  3. Keep your legs extended and pointing down to the floor. This is the start position.
  4. Exhale and as you do so, lift your legs up in a smooth arc bending at the knees until your thighs are about parallel to the floor. Hold for a count of one.
  5. Return to the start position in a smooth, controlled movement while inhaling.
  6. Repeat.

Do not use momentum or swing your legs to perform this exercise. As your strength increases, you can rotate your pelvis forward at the top of the movement to engage more of your lower abdominal muscles. You can also keep your legs fully extended throughout the movement to increase the resistance and difficulty of the exercise.

Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Lie flat with hands under your buttocks.
  2. Keep your knees together and pull them in towards you while moving your torso towards them (lift your head, neck and shoulders up).
  3. Hold and then slowly return to starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Stand a dumbbell on one of its plates about 2 feet away from the edge of a bench and sit comfortably on the edge of that bench, using you hand-grip for support. Fully extend your legs towards the dumbbell.
  2. Using your amazing foot-eye coordination, pin each foot underneath the top plate of the standing dumbbell, on either side of its bar.  
  3. Bring your knees in towards you chest, taking care not to drop the dumbbell in the process, and hold them as close as you can to your chest for 1 second.  
  4. Extend the legs back down towards the floor to the starting position.
Leg Pull-In Knee-ups
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Lie flat with hands under your buttocks.
  2. Keep your knees together and pull them in towards you while moving your torso towards them (lift your head, neck and shoulders up).
  3. Hold and then slowly return to starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Lie on your back on a mat with hands under your lower buttocks on either side to support your pelvis.
  2. Legs straight out in front of you, ankles together and feet slightly off the floor.
  3. Keep your knees straight and raise your legs by flexing the hips until they are completely flexed.
  4. Return to starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Place your forearms are on the pads or bars of the apparatus you are using and grip the handles or bars. Your arms should be bent at 90 degrees and your upper arms in a straight line with your sides.
  2. Your torso should be straight and your lower back pressed against the pad of the bench if using one.
  3. Keep your legs extended and pointing down to the floor. This is the start position.
  4. Exhale and as you do so, lift your legs up in a smooth arc bending at the knees until your thighs are about parallel to the floor. Hold for a count of one.
  5. Return to the start position in a smooth, controlled movement while inhaling.
  6. Repeat.

Do not use momentum or swing your legs to perform this exercise. As your strength increases, you can rotate your pelvis forward at the top of the movement to engage more of your lower abdominal muscles. You can also keep your legs fully extended throughout the movement to increase the resistance and difficulty of the exercise.

Swiss Ball Knee Tuck to Chest
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Calves, Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
  1. Position yourself on all fours with your torso on a swiss ball and hands and feet on the floor. Stretch your legs back and keep your hands under your shoulders.
  2. Engage your abs and slowly walk your hands forward until your feet lift off the floor. Carry on walking out until your quads or knees rest on the ball in a plank position.
  3. Slowly bend your knees in towards your chest allowing the ball to roll forward. Tuck your knees under your torso as your hips lift towards the ceiling.
  4. Slowly straighten your legs and roll the ball out to the starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Chest, Shoulders
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Bring yourself to the ground and enter an elevated push-up position with your hands below your shoulders and your feet directly behind you. Carefully, insert one foot at a time into hanging TRX bands.
  2. Maintaining a tight core, slowly lower yourself while keeping your balance. Once your upper arms are parallel with the floor, pause, and return to the starting position.
  3. Bring your knees in towards your elbows, feeling the contraction in your abdominals. Slowly extend your feet back into the starting position. That is one repetition.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Glutes & Hip Flexors
Secondary:
Calves, Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Shoulders
  1. Lie face down on a padded surface. Place your hands beneath your shoulders and make sure your feet are extended straight behind you. Push yourself up into a classical Push-Up position. Keep your hips are slightly elevated. Tighten your core.
  2. Keeping your gaze straight, push off the ground with your feet. Bending your knees, allow your feet to come up near your hands.
  3. Immediately, push off the ground again with your feet, extending your legs straight behind you once again to the starting position.
Upward Cable Wood Chops
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
Secondary:
Shoulders
  1. Stand with your side to the cable machine. Grab the handle with the opposing hand first. Keep a flat back and tight core throughout the movement. Squat down by bending your knees and driving your hips back.
  2. Keeping your feet in position, rise and twist the weight to the opposite side of your body.
  3. Pause, contract the muscle and slowly return to the starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Obliques
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Adjust the pulley lever to be above you. Stand next to a pulley machine with your left side. Grab the handle with both hands. Brace your core and separate your feet to outside of shoulder width.
  2. Begin the movement by twisting with your obliques to pull the handle down and across your body.
  3. Once the handle is on the right side of your body, pause and slowly return the handle to the starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Hamstrings, Obliques, Quadriceps
Secondary:
Calves, Hamstrings
  1. Secure a firm grip with both hands on an appropriately weighted dumbbell. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Begin by moving the dumbbell up and over towards your right side.
  2. Twist your body to bring the dumbbell down and to the left. Bend at the knees and drop your hips slightly. Make the motion of placing the dumbbell on the ground.
  3. Repeat the movement, taking the dumbbell back up and overhead. Keep your arms straight throughout.
Primary muscle group(s):
Obliques
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Stand with your feet no wider than shoulder width apart and hold the medicine ball with one hand at either side in front of your chest.
  2. Rotate your body from the waist up to the left side and raise the medicine ball over your left shoulder, not quite fully extending your arms. Be sure to get extra reach by pointing your right toe.
  3. Using a chopping motion, bring the ball diagonally across the front of your body so that the ball ends on the outer side of your right shin.
  4. Bring the ball straight up the right side of your body and again move diagonally across your body once again to complete the motion.
Weighted Russian Twists
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
Secondary:
Biceps, Forearms, Lower Back
  1. Sit on an exercise mat with your legs fully extended and your upper body upright.
  2. Grip a weight plate between both hands.
  3. Hold the plate out in front of your abdominals keeping your arms bent slightly.
  4. Cross your your ankles and raise them off the floor slightly.
  5. Bend your knees towards you slightly.
  6. Lean back about 15 degrees to balance your body. This is the start position.
  7. In a smooth motion,turn your torso to the left and touch the plate on the floor. Make sure you exhale as you do this.
  8. Return to the start position inhaling as you do so.
  9. Repeat the same movement, this time to your right side, again exhaling as you do so.
  10. Return to start position and repeat.

When performing this exercise, use smooth controlled movements. Jerking or using momentum to swing the weight can cause serious lower back injury.

Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
  1. Lie flat on an exercise mat on the floor keeping your lower back straight with no arching of your spine and with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
  2. Place your hands lightly on the sides of your head.
  3. Curl your torso upwards so your shoulders are slightly raised off the floor..
  4. Raise your knees until your thighs are at a right angle to the floor and your calves are parallel to the floor. This is the start position.
  5. Slowly move your legs in a pedaling action as if you are riding a bicycle.
  6. As you do so, exhale and bring your opposing elbow close to each knee by crunching to one side. Left elbow to right knee. Right elbow to left knee.
  7. After each crunch, return to the start position inhaling as you do so.
  8. Without pausing, repeat the movement to the other side.
  9. Repeat without pausing for the desired number of repetitions to each side.

Do not use your hands to pull your head and neck up during this exercise. Doing so may cause injury. Concentrate on a slow rhythmic cycle from side to side with perfect form for each repetition.

Battle Rope Snakes
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Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Shoulders, Upper Back & Lower Traps
Secondary:
Biceps, Forearms, Quadriceps
  1. Holding a battle rope in each hand, slightly bend at the knees and maintain a tight core.
  2. With your hands at core level, begin the movement by bringing the ropes out to their respective sides. The right rope will go to the right while the left rope will go to the left.
  3. Next, bring the ropes in towards one another and immediately back out.
  4. The movement will resemble a slithering snake.
  5. Continue repeating the movement.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Begin jogging in place, lifting the knees as high as you can.
  2. Try to lift your knees up to hip level but keep the core tight to support your back.
  3. For a more advanced move, hold your hands straight at hip level and try to touch the knees to your hands as you lift them.
  4. Bring the knees towards your hands instead of reaching the hands to the knees!
Alternate Heel Touchers
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Primary muscle group(s):
Obliques
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Lie on an exercise mat, with your back flat, knees bent and your feet flat on the floor slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  2. Fully extend your arms down the side of your body, palms facing in. This is the start position.
  3. Exhaling, crunch your torso forward and to the right until you can touch your right heel with your right hand. Hold for a count of one.
  4. Return to the starting position smooth motion, inhaling as you do so.
  5. Repeat the movement, this time to your left side.
  6. When you have completed the movement on both sides, you have done one repetition.
  7. Repeat.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
  1. Lie flat on your back with your feet flat on the ground, with your knees bent at 90 degrees. Alternatively, you can place your feet up on a bench a few inches apart with your toes turned inwards and touching.
  2. Place your hands lightly on either side of your head.
  3. Keep your elbows in  so that they are parallel to your body.
  4. Push your back down flat into the floor to isolate your abdominal muscles.
  5. Gently curl your shoulders forward and up off the floor.
  6. Continue to push down into the floor with your lower back.
  7. Raise your shoulders about four to six inches only.
  8. Hold and squeeze your abdominal muscles for a count of one.
  9. Return to the start position in a smooth movement.
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