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Abs: Exercises, Anatomy And Tips!

Find out what exercises work best for your Abs! The smarter you are, the bigger you'll get!

Anatomy Of The Abdominals

The Abs

Major Muscles That Act On The Trunk:

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Rectus Abdominis

External Oblique

Internal Oblique


Erector Spinae



Top Ab Exercises


Tips: Lie on your back on the floor with your feet about shoulder width apart. You may find it easier to put your feet under something to hold them down. Lift your upper body, bending at the waist, until you're sitting up vertically. Keep your arms at your sides, crossed in front of you, or behind your head, but do NOT attempt use your arms to pull yourself up. Do not raise your feet off of the ground. Smoothly lower your body back to the floor. Repeat.

Tips: Work the lower abs. Lie on the floor with your hands under your butt, your palms down, and your legs extended. Bend your knees and pull your upper thighs into your midsection. Return to the starting position. Concentrate on your lower abs. You can hold a dumbbell between your feet to make it harder.

Tips: Hang from a chinning bar with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle and your hands about 12 inches apart with an underhand grip. Pull yourself up with your arms and crunch your knees up at the same time. You should finish the chin and crunch at the same time. When fully contracted, your neck will be at the bar and your knees will be pulled up to your chest. Slowly reverse the movement and return to the starting position. You can also do this with a dumbbell or medicine ball between your feet or with a weight attached to a dip belt around your waist. When you have mastered this, try hanging from only one arm and grasp your wrist with your free hand. This works more of your obliques.

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