The 3 Best Abdominal Exercises that Are Not Abdominal
by Mike Geary
Instead of the typical ab routines that we see so often with
crunches, situps, leg lifts, etc... I like to give my readers
better options for metabolism-boosting high intensity workouts
that work their entire body while also working their abs.
I'm going to show you an example today of one of my favorite "ab
workouts" that doesn't include any direct "ab exercises" at
all. It's in a tri-set format (similar to a super-set but
alternating between 3 exercises).
1a. Renegade Dumbbell Rows
1b. Front Squats with Barbell
1c. Mountain Climbers on Floor
A good rep scheme to use with this could be 3-4 sets of 8
reps for each exercise, or more sets for less reps, such
as 5 sets of 5 reps of each exercise. Mountain climbers can be done for
a time interval (such as 30 seconds) instead of "reps".
Renegade dumbbell rows
Renegade dumbbell rows are done starting in a pushup position
with the hands on 2 dumbbells. You then row one dumbbell up
while stabilizing your body with the other arm. Bring the
dumbbell back to the ground and alternate the rowing arm while
stabilizing with the opposite arm. This stabilizing effect
during the rows creates incredible work for your entire
midsection core area. Trust me... you'll feel it in the abs!
Front Squats with Barbell
Front squats are done similar to back squats, however with the
barbell in front of your body on the front of your shoulders
instead of resting on the upper back as in back squats. You
stabilize the barbell on your shoulders by crossing your arms
and pushing your fists into the bar against your shoulders
while keeping your elbows out in front of the body.
This takes a little practice at first, so you will want to
seek a professional trainer at your gym to help you with the
form. Front squats require extreme stabilization strength from
the abs due to the barbell weight being shifted to the front
of the body instead of the back. Even though this is mostly a
leg exercise, you'll feel this one in the abs big time!
Mountain Climbers on Floor
Mountain climbers are done by starting in a pushup position
and then shuffling your feet in and out so that your knees are
moving in under your chest and then back out to starting
position. It sort of resembles climbing a mountain but flat on
the floor. If you want an advanced version, you can also
shuffle your hands 8-10 inches forward and backward in
addition to the leg movements. This really makes it a full
body exercise and MUCH more difficult than standard mountain
After finishing each exercise, rest about 30 seconds before
starting the next exercise. Rest about 1-2 minutes after
completing each "tri-set" before repeating.
This will give you one of the best ab workouts you've ever had
without even doing any direct ab exercises. You'll see what I
mean after you try it!
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