Working on your abs at home is the best way to get a rock hard stomach in the shortest amount of time. No worrying about going to gyms, no getting in the car, and no people looking at you while you try and master your ab building techniques. If you have being wanting to get a rock hard stomach but have been putting it off, then this article is for you. Below we provide you with tips, tricks and a range of exercises to help you get rock hard abs in no time at all, all from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy.
An Advanced Version of the Bicycle Using a Gym Half Ball.
The most effective way to increase your stomach muscles is by doing an exercise known as the bicycle (and no, it doesn’t involve riding a real bicycle!). What’s more, this exercise is very easy to do. Lie on your mat with your hands behind your head. Now bring your knees towards your head and lift your head and shoulders off the mat. Now all you have to do is alternate between each side. Do three repetitions of 10 each day, and you will have the makings of rock hard abs.
Jamie Eason Performing an Ab Crunch on Exercise Ball
Exercise Ball Crunch
If you don’t have an exercise ball yet, then treat yourself and buy one. You can do some great ab work on exercise balls, as well as many other aerobic exercise and stretches. Definitely good value. To do the exercise ball crunch, place the ball under your lower back, and your arms crossed over your chest. Ensure your legs are flat on the floor and your knees bent. Now sit up and down as if you were doing sit ups. You will feel this doing wonders for your stomach. Do three sets of 10 repetitions.
Vertical Leg Crunches
Vertical Leg Crunches
Not for the faint hearted, as it does require you to already have strong stomach muscles and considerable flexibility. Nevertheless it is a very effective workout for your stomach. To do this exercise you will need to lie on your back with your legs straight up in the air crossed at the knees. After this, you put your hands behind your head and then slowly lift your shoulders of the ground using your stomach muscles. Do three sets of 10 repetitions.
Long Arm Crunches
Long Arm Crunches
These are like normal sit-ups, except that you have your hands stretched out behind your head. This makes you have to
work harder, and also makes all of your abs work as well. This exercise can be hard to get used to, but it is very effective. Again three sets of 10 works best.
Ab Crunch With Heal Push
Crunch With A Heal Push
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a normal crunch sit-up. It isn’t! By pushing your heals into the floor you are working your lower abdominal muscles as well. To do this lie on the floor with your knees bent and your hands behind your head. Now life your toes of the ground so only your heels are touching the ground. As soon as you do this, you will feel that this exercise is different to a normal crunch. Three sets of 10 again work best, although it may take you a while to work up to this amount.
Plank on Elbows
Plank On Elbows
Have you heard about planking? If you haven’t it is the latest craze going around the Internet (do a quick search if you want to see some amusing photos). Well, before there was planking, there was an exercise called plank on elbows. Basically, you start by lying on the floor. You then lift yourself up so you are on your toes and your arms are flat on the floor up to your elbows. To be effective you must make sure your back is as straight and flat as it can be. Hold this position for up to a minute. Your stomach should be burning by this time!
Start Position for Leg Raises
These are hard work. Lie flat on the floor then bring your legs up so they are vertical over the hips. While it is a simple exercise it works your stomach out like nothing else. Try and do 10 of these in a row. If you can do this you’re a champion!
Traditional Ab Crunches
We can’t forget about traditional crunches. They too have their place when it comes to getting rock solid abs. Like with most of the exercises proposed try and do three sets of 10 reps. Feel free to do a lot more than this, but this is a good starting point.
So there you have it. The best abdominal workouts that will give you rock hard abs in no time. Of course we don’t expect you to do all of these together. Choose three of the exercises to start with, and try and do these six days a week. When choosing the exercises try and choose ones that work out different abdominal muscles. This way all of your stomach will get a work out and not just some of the muscles.
It is important to note, that while these exercises can easily be done at home, you will need to pace yourself and decided just how hard you work out. If you feel sore, or the exercises or repetitions feel like they are too much for you, then stop! It is much better to do less each day and not injure or hurt yourself, than to overdo it, injure yourself and not be able to exercise for a few weeks. In other words, go at a pace that works for you. You can always build up to a bigger workout as you progress.
Finally, remember to have fun. These exercises will be a lot more enjoyable if you relax and have fun. So take your time, work out which three exercises you like most and start with these. You can slowly build up to more repetitions as you get stronger and stronger. Here’s to your ab sculpting success!