Sorry guys, but crunches and sit-ups will never give you rock-solid abs on their own. Research has found that many of these popular movements that are supposed to get you a chiseled mid-section in no time don’t actually produce any significant results and place a lot of strain on other parts of the body such as the neck, spine and lower back. Instead, you should first try harder to eat right and reduce your body fat by burning more calories than you consume (belly fat does a wonderful job at covering them up, remember?).
There is more to the abdominal area than the six-pack – this muscle group includes many interconnected muscles that run up the back and stretch down to the butt, and all of them should get a piece of the action if you want to get the kind of ripped stomach you see on magazine covers.
Forget about crunches and try this program of six exercises that effectively target all abdominal muscles and promote greater fat loss and a better muscle building response than any of the traditional abs exercises. You can do them in straight sets, resting 30 seconds between sets, or in a circuit with no rest between exercises.
Ready to build a washboard mid-section? Make your abs scream with the routine below!
1. Flutter kicks
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