Getting a rock solid set of six-pack abs is one of the toughest things you can accomplish in your physique. Not only does it require a consistent exercise routine to work these muscles, but you also need to be following a proper diet. As they say, “abs are made in the kitchen”, and won’t be able to see all your hard work in the gym if the stomach is covered in flab.
If you want diet tips to cut down fat, I have plenty of resources on this site for that. But the purpose of this post is to provide some exercises you can add to your routine to really blast your abs. Add these to your exercises and you’ll be building those abdominal muscles like never before!
Get Bigger Abdominal Muscles
To really build up your abdominal wall, it’s not about finding one good exercise and repeating it over and over again. Rather, what you need to do is a number of different exercises that target and isolate all the different areas so you are building up this whole muscle group. This is a lesson that I preach for a lot of other body areas, like the trap muscles.
Warm Up With Mountain Climbers
This movement will get the blood flowing and engage your abs to stabilize your body throughout the movement. You are probably familiar with this exercise, but in any case, you can find out how to do them in the video below.
Ab Wheel Rollouts
Notice how I’m not telling you to do some crunches. As I said, you need to be doing different movements that target different areas of the abs. This one will target the upper and lower abs. If you roll out at an angle (to either side), you will also engage the oblique muscles. Try to do 3 sets of 10 reps with this one. If these are too tough to do from a pushup position, you can do these from your knees instead of your toes.
Hanging Leg Raises
You’ll need a bar to hang from for this one, which most gyms should have for you. Or perhaps you have something in your basement to hang from? In any case, you need to get off the ground and hang so you are lifting your entire lower body weight. Focus on making the movement from your abdominals, as opposed to your hips and upper legs.
Finally, some crunches! But in a modified version. The normal crunch doesn’t provide any resistance. To really grow these muscles, you need to put them through stress above what they normally experience. Adding some weight resistance with a cable is a great way to do this.
Lying Knee Raises
This one is kind of similar to hanging leg raises but hits the muscles a little differently. You don’t need any equipment for this one, so you can perform this one at home if you’d like to. This is a great one to do in between gym sessions. Instead of sitting on the couch watching tv, get a little ab work in!
More Tips for Building Muscle
If you really want to get big, you need to follow a workout program specifically designed for that purpose. The best that I’ve found is the Shortcut to Size program by Jim Stoppani. It is geared towards gaining mass and his physique is the proof of results.
You’ll also want to consider adding muscle building supplements, such as the TestoGen testosterone booster (reviewed here: hlcomic.com/testogen-review). My gains skyrocketed when adding this to my routine, and I’m confident it can help you, too!