Abs Exercise Guides – Photos and Instructions for Ripped Abs


Your abdominals, commonly called abs, consist of several muscle groups, all located in the midsection, just below your chest to your pubic bone. These include: rectus abdominis which is made up of upper, middle, and lower abs; transverse abdominis; and the obliques. The upper, middle and lower abs start near the middle of your sternum and runs vertically to the lower part of the pelvis; they are responsible for flexing the vertebral column or helping you curl your trunk as you would when doing crunches or sitting up in bed. The transverse abdominal muscles run horizontally and are the deepest muscular layer of the abs; they run around your body like a girdle and help compress and support internal organs. The obliques are the muscles that make up your waist and consist of two smaller groups: the external obliques and the internal obliques. The external obliques are the muscles of the upper and outside part of your waistline; they start just under your chest, on your lower eight ribs, and are responsible for helping you twist and bend sideways. The internal obliques are located beneath the external obliques; they also helps you twist. It is important to have strong abdominals for most all motions, including common day-to-day activities. In addition, most low-back pain is attributed to weak abdominals.

Lower Abdominal Exercises:
Bent Knee Abdominal Hip Raises
Decline Abdominal Crunches
Reverse Decline Crunches
Exercise Ball Abdominal Pull Ins
Flat Bench Abdominal Leg Pull Ins
Flat Bench Abdominal Leg Raises
Hanging Knees To Chin Raises
Hanging Abdominal Leg Raises
Hanging Knees To Head Raises
Parallel Bar Abdominal Knee Raises
Lying Reverse Abdominal Crunches
Reverse Abdominal Crunches
Abdominal Flutter Kicks
Medicine Ball Leg Raises
Inverted Exercise Ball Leg Pull Ins
Weighted Hand To Leg Ab Crunches

Middle & Upper Abdominal Exercises:
Abdominal Crunch Machine
Abdominal Cable Crunches
Barbell Abdominal Rollouts
Abdominal Butt Raises
Overhead Abdominal Crunches
Legs On Exercise Ball Abdominal Crunches
Abdominal Crunches
Exercise Ball Abdominal Crunches
Fingers To Toes Abdominal Crunches
Straight Arm Abdominal Crunches
Raised Knee Barbell Crunches
Abdominal Sit Ups
Abdominal Toe Touchers
Abdominal Tuck Crunches
Medicine Ball Crunches on Exercise Ball

Oblique Exercises (Love Handles):
Flutter Kick Oblique Crunches
Fingers To Heel Oblique Touchers
Barbell Oblique Side Bends
Oblique Crunches
Oblique Decline Crunches
Dumbbell Oblique Side Bends
Hanging Oblique Knee Raises
Elbow To Knee Oblique Crunches
Lying Side Oblique Crunches
Oblique Plate Twists
Oblique Twists
Seated Oblique Barbell Twists
Lying Oblique Leg Raises


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