If you ask any man which part of his body he’d most like to improve, chances are that abs are high on that list.
While there are no rigid rules for getting a six-pack to die for, we can certainly point you in the right direction.
We’re going to walk you through some of the best calisthenics for abs exercises so you can enjoy the midsection of your dreams without needing to live in the gym.
To get visible abs, guys need a body fat percentage of below 15% while girls need to shoot for 20% or less. As the old cliché goes, abs are indeed made in the kitchen. However much you work out, if your abs are covered by a layer of fat, you won’t see the rewards.
Today is not about diet, though, so check out this article for some handy tips on eating so your abs will pop.
The name might seem complicated but calisthenics are straightforward…
All it means is using your bodyweight to exercise rather than using weights.
Calisthenics can help you to build strength and endurance simultaneously. You won’t need any expensive equipment or a gym membership.
Not only can you train your abs efficiently, you’ll burn off some fat at the same time so calisthenics are a real win-win.
Most moves in calisthenics are compound exercises. This means that several muscles work together, the core muscles in particular being given a real workout.
To effectively hone your abs, you need to target all parts of the core:
That aside, focus on proper form rather than rushing and concentrating on numbers.
Without further ado, here are some great ways to get the six-pack of your dreams…
Perform the number of reps and sets you feel comfortable with.
These are a staple of any abs routine. There are many variations but here is an easy way to get started…
With twisting crunches, you can hit the obliques for a fuller workout.
The addition of a Swiss ball helps you to extend your range of motion. Also, by creating a degree of instability, your abs will be forced to work harder.
Although sit-ups can be effective, there’s no need to go over the top with 1000 a day. Use an ab mat if possible to stop you from flattening your back as you rise.
You may see how to do a sit up on this Video:
The classic core exercise is demanding but a highly efficient way to hit your abs. You’ll also strengthen your back, shoulders, butt and thighs.
This variation on the front plank targets the obliques and hips. It also helps to stave off back pain.
This punishing exercise hits the main ab muscle (rectus abdominis) and the obliques with a scissoring motion of your legs. Your hips will get a nice workout too.
The inch worm is similar to exercising with an ab wheel but slightly easier and demands no equipment.
For knee raises, you will need a bar to hang on. By tilting your pelvis, you can really engage the abs rather than relying on your hips.
We’ll finish off with arguably the toughest abs exercise of the lot, the dragon flag. If it was good enough for Bruce Lee, it’s good enough for anyone! You’ll need a bench for this one…
We hope this glance at calisthenics for abs has given you some fresh ideas for your workout.
Contact us if you have any queries or feedback. We always love to hear from our readers and we’re more than happy to help.
When training, it’s always good to mix things up. This prevents boredom and stops your muscles becoming accustomed to a particular exercise.
Getting a solid six-pack is really not rocket science. Eat clean, keep that body fat down and workout 3 times a week. You don’t need much time and you don’t really need any equipment.
What are you waiting for?
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