Top 5 Exercises For Solid Six-Pack Abs
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Top 5 Exercises For Solid Six-Pack Abs

Want to work on those abs to achieve a washboard stomach and six-pack build? Well then, have a look at this brief and straightforward guide, which tells you all you need to know about the exercises you should do to enhance and tone your abdominal region.

Having toned abs with clear muscle definition is a much sought-after look in today's image-obsessed world, but achieving this appearance isn't as easy as you'd think. Increasing your fitness is one thing, but following a clear exercise regime that works specific areas of the body is another altogether.

When looking to tone-up and define those abdominal muscles, you need to follow exact exercises which properly work-out this area of the body. This is far more difficult than it sounds, but equally, it becomes a considerably less daunting and tiresome task if you know what you're doing and for what purpose. In this article then, we look at 5 of the best types of exercise you can do in order to achieve that toned, well-defined look you so desperately want.

1. Stomach crunches - Possibly the most straightforward and obvious of all the exercises you can do to tone-up those abs is the basic stomach crunch. Simply lie flat on the floor, raise the legs to a 90-degree angle that's parallel to the ground and then raise the head and upper body to meet the knee-caps. Hold this position for a few seconds, before lowering slowly to the ground again, keeping the legs in the same position at all times. If you're doing this activity correctly, you should feel a slight burning tension in the upper abdominal muscles after around 10-15 repetitions. 

2. Oblique Twists - Identical to the above, but with a minor variation, oblique twists (or side crunches as they're otherwise known) are ideal for working on the sides of your abs going down towards your pelvis area. Follow the same initial instructions as for stomach crunches, and then simply twist from the hip muscle and touch your knee with the opposite elbow. Repeat 10 times on each side.

3. The Jackknife - For this exercise, simply lie on the floor with your arms stretched out behind your head. Steadily and simultaneously raise your arms and legs into the air and then touch your toes with the tips of your fingers (if possible). Hold this position for a couple of seconds and then slowly bring the arms and legs down to rest. Try to do 10 repetitions to get the maximum benefit.

4. Exercise Ball Crunch (with Weight) - Rest your lower back on a standard exercise ball as if perched with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Holding a weight across your chest (whatever size you feel comfortable using without over-stretching or inflicting injury), lie back as far as you possibly can and slowly lift your upper body until you return to your starting position. Complete 10 repetitions, taking a small break in between each one at first to ease yourself into the exercise.

5. The Plank - To finish with, here's another original yet hugely effective ab workout for you to try. Start by lying face down on the floor, and then raise yourself carefully on your forearms and toes to achieve an arc shape. Remain in this position, keeping your back straight and thus forming a flat plank shape. Keep your hips and shoulders level to your back, and hold yourself in this exact position for 15 seconds. Practicing this simple, easy-to-execute workout on a regular basis will allow you to hold the position for longer in the future.

When performing any of these exercises, it's important to follow all of the usual health and safety rules, and of course: use your common sense. Always put a mat down before starting any of these exercises and be careful not to over do it at first - increase your workload slowly and steadily for optimum success.

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