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Abs Exercises

Sculpt Ripped Abs by Adding these Core Exercises to your Abdominal and Fat Loss Workouts

Welcome to our Abs Exercises main page!

Here we've linked to all of our exercises that target your abdominals. We've crunched a massive list of all the possible abdominal exercises to only a handful of our favorites. Each belly buster comes complete with pictures/videos, tips, and exercise instructions so you can immediately add to your abdominal workouts and other weight training programs.


Before we list our exercises, we'd like to first give a quick, important note on ab training.


The Skinny on Stomach Fat Loss

Abdominal exercises, 6 pack abs, ripped abs, or some variation thereof will be probably be searched online a gazillion times this year.

6 pack abs

So why does it seem like there are more Bigfoot sightings than six pack sightings outside of movies and fitness magazines? 

The obvious reason is that most people are just too fat. They begin their quest for six pack abs with a marathon of abdominal exercises rather than fat loss workouts, which is the wrong approach.   

All the crunches and abdominal workouts in the world will not give you a flat stomach or get rid of belly fat as it is impossible to "target" your fat loss (See the Spot Reduction Myth from our Weight Loss Myths page).

To get rid of belly fat and ultimately attain the illustrious 6 pack abs, you have to reduce your total body fat. To do so, see our fat loss workouts page.

The Abs Exercises List

With all of that being said, ab exercises are essential in strengthening your abdominals, protecting your spine, and an overall healthy body. Therefore, they still have a place in most workout routines and that's why we've got 'em here. 


Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equipment
Required
Ab Crunch Abs N/A
Ab Rollout Abs Barbell
Ab Rollout on Knees Abs Barbell
Bicycle Crunch Exercise Abs N/A
Cable Crunch Abs Cable
Crunches with Legs on Stability Ball Abs Exercise Ball
Decline Oblique Crunch Abs Decline Bench
Decline Crunch Abs Decline Bench*
Dumbbell Side Bends Abs Dumbbell
Hanging Leg Raises Abs Pull-Up Bar
Hip Raises (Hanging) Abs Pull-Up Bar
Lying Hip Raise Abs N/A*
Lying Leg Raise Abs N/A
Oblique Crunches Abs N/A
Plank Exercise Abs N/A
Side Plank Exercise Abs N/A
Swiss Ball Crunch Abs Swiss Ball/Exercise Ball
Swiss Ball Jackknife Abs Exercise Ball


*These ab exercises can also be performed utilizing a dumbbell or medicine ball for additional resistance. Therefore, each is listed with our Dumbbell Exercises as well as our Body Weight Exercises.

Want only the Best Abdominal Exercises?

Check out our list of the 6 Best Ab Exercises.  Our "best list" has tips, instructions, and variations of each of our favorite stomach strengtheners to kickstart your quest for 6 pack abs.  

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