Check Out 5 Ways to Shredded Abs

Rucuss staffApril 11, 2016

Ready to show off that six pack that has been waiting to appear behind that belly?

Well, it’s not an easy task. But with a little hard work and a strict diet, you can make it happen. Ridding yourself of belly bulge is important for more than just vanity’s sake.

Keep and eye on your bulge. Sometimes it is a predictor of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and some cancers.

Muscle and Fitness has compiled a list of the Five Ways to Shredded Abs. Check it out below.

Abs of Steel

<p>For <a href="http://www.muscleandfitness.com/workouts/abs-and-core-exercises/28-days-six-pack-abs-workout-program">great abs</a>, you’ve gotta eat great. But if you’ve got that part down and want to have abs that really impress, you’ve got to make sure that your routine is more diverse than “crunch-rest-repeat.” This means a well-rounded approach that hits your rectus abdominus (your sixer), your deep-lying transverse abdominus and obliques.</p><p>These five exercises provide the benefits of a flatter, harder, <a href="http://muscleandfitness.com/workouts/abs-exercises/4-core-moves-stronger-abs">stronger middle</a> but they also keep the focus where it belongs, instead of transferring it to your neck and back as some exercises can.</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:</strong> <a href="http://www.muscleandfitness.com/workouts/abs-exercises/five-weeks-washboard-abs-routine">5 Weeks to Washboard Abs >></a></p>

Abs of Steel

For great abs, you’ve gotta eat great. But if you’ve got that part down and want to have abs that really impress, you’ve got to make sure that your routine is more diverse than “crunch-rest-repeat.” This means a well-rounded approach that hits your rectus abdominus (your sixer), your deep-lying transverse abdominus and obliques. These five exercises provide the benefits of a flatter, harder, stronger middle but they also keep the focus where it belongs, instead of transferring it to your neck and back as some exercises can.

<p>This a classic move I spent hours doing in the Air Force – especially when we were being punished.</p>Lie on your back with you head and neck back on the mat relaxed (don’t try to hold your head up)Keep your abs tight and hold your legs straight out, about six inches above the groundYou can tuck your hands underneath your glutes to prevent lower back strain or straight out to the side.Perform scissor kicks up and down, under control, while keeping your legs extended and core tight.One kick with each leg constitutes one rep.<p><strong>SEE ALSO:</strong> <a href="http://www.muscleandfitness.com/workouts/abs-exercises/sculpt-your-abs-six-pack-six-weeks">Sculpt Your Abs into a Six-Pack in 6 Weeks >></a></p>

Flutter Kicks

This a classic move I spent hours doing in the Air Force – especially when we were being punished.

Lie on your back with you head and neck back on the mat relaxed (don’t try to hold your head up). Keep your abs tight and hold your legs straight out, about six inches above the groundYou can tuck your hands underneath your glutes to prevent lower back strain or straight out to the side. Perform scissor kicks up and down, under control, while keeping your legs extended and core tight. One kick with each leg constitutes one rep.

<p>This exercise is wonderful for working the lower abdominal area (and for angering hip flexors and souls).</p>Lie on your back with your legs extended and your head and neck on the mat relaxed. Don’t try to hold your head up.Keep your feet and knees together and start by holding your legs about six inches above the groundSlowly raise your legs straight up towards the ceiling until they are about perpendicular to the floor. Squeeze your lower abs tight.Lower back down slowly to the starting position and repeat.<p><strong>SEE ALSO:</strong> <a href="http://www.muscleandfitness.com/workouts/abs-exercises/six-week-power-abs-routine">6-Week Power Abs Routine >></a></p>

Straight Leg Raises

This exercise is wonderful for working the lower abdominal area (and for angering hip flexors and souls).

Lie on your back with your legs extended and your head and neck on the mat relaxed. Don’t try to hold your head up. Keep your feet and knees together and start by holding your legs about six inches above the ground. Slowly raise your legs straight up towards the ceiling until they are about perpendicular to the floor. Squeeze your lower abs tight. Lower back down slowly to the starting position and repeat.

<p>More oblique work via this less traditional move will help you to dig a little deeper into these streamlining, smooth muscles.</p>Start with your body lying on your side with your body weight distributed on your forearm and your feet on top of each other. Make sure your body is straight.“Press” your hip up off of the floor “through” your forearm.Raise your hips up so you body is in a straight line, with your head and neck aligned with the rest of your body, as in a side plank.Slowly lower your hip back down to the floor and then rise back up for another repetition.For an added challenge, hold your final rep for 5-10 seconds.<p><strong>SEE ALSO:</strong> <a href="http://www.muscleandfitness.com/workouts/workout-routines/3-day-ab-workout-shredded-six-pack">3-Day Ab Workout for a Shredded Six-Pack >></a></p>

Side Raise

More oblique work via this less traditional move will help you to dig a little deeper into these streamlining, smooth muscles.

Start with your body lying on your side with your body weight distributed on your forearm and your feet on top of each other. Make sure your body is straight. “Press” your hip up off of the floor “through” your forearm. Raise your hips up so you body is in a straight line, with your head and neck aligned with the rest of your body, as in a side plank. Slowly lower your hip back down to the floor and then rise back up for another repetition. For an added challenge, hold your final rep for 5-10 seconds.

<p>Use this twisting move to dig into your obliques with waist-slimming efficiency.</p>Cross your arms across your chest making a X. The right hand will rest on the left shoulder and left hand on your right shoulder.Crunch up to bring your right elbow towards your left knee and return your shoulder blades back to the floor.Alternate to the other side to bring your left elbow up towards your right knee and return back to the starting position.Continue and repeat 10 times total on each side.

Alternating Elbow-to-Knee

Use this twisting move to dig into your obliques with waist-slimming efficiency.

Cross your arms across your chest making a X. The right hand will rest on the left shoulder and left hand on your right shoulder. Crunch up to bring your right elbow towards your left knee and return your shoulder blades back to the floor. Alternate to the other side to bring your left elbow up towards your right knee and return back to the starting position. Continue and repeat 10 times total on each side.

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