If there is one goal that just about every lifter shares, it’s building a six pack to set off their physique. And, while training abs does not have to be as complicated as some make it out to be, it’s still important to have a wide range of movements to choose from.
If nothing else, it keeps your training fresh.
Here are the 10 best ab exercises for 6 pack abs fast.
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Crunches are a mainstay for upper ab development and can be done either on a bench or on the floor.
Cable crunches put a different spin on the basic crunch movement and allow you to add weight more easily.
Sit-ups are a basic, compound movement that target your entire ab wall. Because your powerful hip flexors kick in to help, you are able to apply more resistance to your abs than you can with isolation exercises like the crunch.
Roman Chair Sit-Ups
Roman chair sit-ups are an advanced movement that can help you really thicken up your abs. If you’re going to do this one, take great care to move smoothly and slowly in order to protect your lower back.
Planking was a fad a few years ago, but the elbows-down version can give you a great ab workout.
Hanging Leg Raises
Hanging leg raises are one of the more advanced ab exercises you can do, but the payoff is a wicked V-taper for your lower abs.
Reverse crunches work your lower abs in a more isolated fashion than leg raises do.
A favorite of those old (and new) informercials that you might see late at night promising you ripped abs with the use of some gadget or another, ab rollouts are actually a valuable exercise that work your entire midsection, along with your arms, chest, back, and even thighs and glutes.
V-ups are a dynamic exercise that nails your entire ab complex with plenty of help from your hips and upper body.
Bicycle kicks force you to contract your upper abs and focus in on controlled, targeted movement for your lower abs.
Most guys find ab training to be a real chore, but it doesn’t have to be that way. One of the fun aspects of building a six pack is that there are so many exercises available, you should never get bored. These 10 movements are just a taste of how you can mix up your training and start building your own six pack.