Stop doing crunches, ok everyone is doing the same ab exercises and see no results. Lets switch it up a little and do something different like tummy exercises. AND ditch the ab rollers and ab machines. Be creative.
TRX Kneeling rollout
This abdominal exercise is fantastic for hitting every part of your tummy and back. This is my most regular go to ab exercise and I love it. You can change the range of movement and tempo to make this harder and get that burn going. Start of easy with this and build up.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Bench leg lowers
Hold on to a bench at your head and lift the legs up towards the ceiling so your body weight is on your shoulders, keeping your body straight lower your legs down towards the bench keeping your body perfectly straight. This exercise is all about control and pace.
Hanging knee raises
With a pull up bar or a hanging knee frame, this is great for the lower abs. Stabilize the upper body and bring the knees into the chest the higher you bring your knees again the more the abs work. Make sure to make it abs and not shoulders keep the upper body fixed.
Stop doing body weight abs your abs are no different to any other muscle in your body and they need to be loaded with some weight at times.
So jump on a ab bench or a ghd and grab yourself something heavy, a kettle bell and or a dumbbell. And do some ab curls.
Great to feel it and the greater the range of movement the better.
Place a kettlebell in front of your lead foot and clean and press it overhead with your opposite arm. Clean the kettlebell to your shoulder by extending through the legs and hips as you pull the kettlebell towards your shoulders. Rotate your wrist as you do so, so that the palm faces forward. Press it overhead by extending the elbow.
Keeping the kettlebell locked out at all times, push your butt out in the direction of the locked out kettlebell. Turn your feet out at a forty-five degree angle from the arm with the locked out kettlebell. Bending at the hip to one side, sticking your butt out, slowly lean until you can touch the floor with your free hand.
Keep your eyes on the kettlebell that you hold over your head at all times. Pause for a second after reaching the ground and reverse the motion back to the starting position.
Swiss ball Russian twist
Another great ab exercise focusing on the obliques, lie on a swiss ball with your head and shoulders supported. Have your feet firmly planted at hip to shoulder width apart. Now with your arms fully extended with a weight between your hands, (either a medicine ball, kettlebell and or dumbbell) twist with the weight from side to side.
Form is key and control is very important but also with this speed is very important. Work as fast as you can maintaining control always.
And for any other exercise try some Olympic lifts, these are fantastic for the abdominals and are great for strength of the whole body.