Abs, the holy grail of fitness and aesthetics.

It’s summer time and just like most other guys, we’re paying extra attention to cutting and getting visible abs.  However getting good abs is one of the hardest goals to achieve when it comes to fitness, mainly because many people lack the necessary information.

Getting abs is actually easier than people realise.  We see people spending hours in the gym on the mats performing various ab exercises, but failing to see the results that other guys with amazing abs spending half the time.

There’s nothing wrong with doing crunches, but doing crunches alone will not give you good abs.

We have found that to get a muscular torso with visible abdominal muscles is a combination of different exercises that directly and indirectly work the ab muscles, along with the right amount of cardio, and a healthy diet.  A diet high in protein and low in fat, combined with a couple of cardio sessions helps keep your fat percentage low.

Check out our top 5 exercises for building abdominal muscles:

  • Cable crunches
  • Decline crunches with weight
  • Squats
  • Hanging leg raises
  • Plank

One of the most important things with abs is your reps and rest time.  Arnold Schwarzenegger said “There are no shortcuts…everything is reps, reps, reps”.  Try and build your ab exercises into a circuit, going straight into the next exercise to keep your abs working.  By mixing up our routine and performing various exercises, instead of endless crunches, we stay interested instead of getting bored of doing endless crunches!

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