Abdominal Exercises

Abdominal Crunches

Introduction to Abdominal Crunches Strengthening the abdominal muscles is important not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for maintaining your basic health and keeping you injury free. Abdominal crunches are an effective way of stimulating the rectus abdominus, which is part of the group of muscles referred to as the core. Developing a strong core …

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Cable Crunches

Cable Crunches

Introduction to Abdominal Cable Crunches Cable crunches are a very effective, low impact means of exercising the abdominal muscles. When performed correctly, cable crunches will strengthen and add mass to the abs. The abdominal muscles are part of the group of muscles referred to as the core muscles. The core muscles consist of the abdominals, …

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Decline Crunches - Muscles Worked

Decline Crunches

Introduction to Decline Crunches Decline crunches isolate all of the abdominal muscles. The legs are kept steady and the level of decline on the bench being used can be increased or decreased to vary the intensity of the exercise. Instructions Secure your legs at the end of a decline bench and lie back. Position your …

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Seated Ab Machine

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Side Plank Muscles Worked

Side Plank

Introduction to the Side Plank The side plank is an isometric exercise that targets the abdominal muscles, primarily the obliques. It is very effective when used for core conditioning and strength training. It can be performed as either a static hold, or dynamically by moving the hips up and down. Instructions Lie on your side …

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Stability Ball Crunches - Muscles Worked

Stability Ball Crunches

Introduction to Stability Ball Crunches Stability ball crunches involve carrying out abdominal crunches while resting on a stability ball. This exercise isolates the abdominals and works them through a pulling motion. Using a stability ball allows for a better range of movement than performing crunches on a mat, as the spine is in a more …

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The Plank

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Weighted Crunches

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Weighted Leg Raises

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Weighted Side Bends - Start Position

Weighted Side Bends

Introduction to Weighted Side Bends Weighted side bends target the oblique muscles, which are the muscles at the sides of your abdominals. The oblique muscles consist of the internal and external obliques. The external obliques are a superficial muscle, positioned to the side of the rectus abdominus, and are the largest of the abdominal muscles. …

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