3 of the Best Ab Exercises
Sit-ups are definitely one of the best ab exercises of all time. Suggesting there could be anything better could even get us in trouble with the hard core sit-up crowd. However, there are better exercises you can do to build a solid core, as well as the rest of your body.
Here are 3 of the best ab exercises you can do that stimulate not only the abs, but also the obliques, lower back, glutes, shoulders, legs, arms, etc.
Give them a try!
3 of the Best Ab Exercises You Need to Try
Exercise #1: Planks
Planks are on this list of the best ab exercises because of their versatility. They're also very difficult.
Planks can be easily modified and varied to increase or decrease difficulty, or to change the primary muscles being targeted. They are also one of the best ab exercises because they challenge the endurance and balance of the shoulders, chest,and upper back.
They also work the glutes and hamstrings by requiring them to engage in order to keep the body from rotating or dipping.
Click here to read our article on the best plank variations.
Exercise #2: Static bear squat holds
Static Bear Squats are similar to the 2-point stance in football, except your weight is more evenly distributed over the shoulders.
Bear Squats are one of the best ab exercises because they give your quads an intense workout in addition to your core. They also build stability in the pelvis.
Note: To make the exercise more difficult, try adding a kick-through or raise an arm or leg (demonstrated in the video below).
Exercise #3: Inch Worms
Inch Worms are by far our favorite ab exercise of all time. When completed properly, they work the entire body, including the lats, shoulders, and pecs.
To complete an Inch Worm you start in a position similar to the Bear Squat starting and then walk your hands out as far as you can. Then, you pause momentarily holding the extended position before walking the hands back to the starting position.
Note: The longer you hold the extended position the harder the exercise becomes. Start with a 1 second hold and then try to work up to 10-15 seconds per rep.
Conclusion: Sit-ups will always be the legendary king of ab exercises; however they're not the best overall ab and core exercise. The best ab exercises incorporate a bunch of different muscle groups and energy systems, which is why we feel Planks, Static Bear Squats, and Inch Worms are a much better use of your time.