The 3 Greatest Abdominal Exercises that Are NOT Your “Regular” Ab Exercises


As a substitute of the typical ab habits that we see so frequently with crunches, situps, leg lifts, etc, I would like to give my readers better alternatives for metabolism-boosting high intensity exercises that work their entire body while also working their abs. Thus, not only creating rock hard abs & core, but also creating a much better fat-burning exercise session than a usual ab workout.

I’m going to show you an example today of one of my preferred “ab workouts” that doesn’t include any exact “ab exercises” at all. This is actually a full body routine that works your abs quite hard indirectly, and jump starts a good metabolism boost!  It’s in a tri-set plan (similar to a super-set but rotating between 3 exercises instead of 2).

These are:

  1. Renegade Dumbbell Rows
  2. Front Squats with Barbell
  3. Mountain Climbers on Floor

A sound rep scheme that may be used for this could be 3-4 groups of 8 reps for each exercise, or more groups for less reps, such as 5 groups of 5 reps of each exercise. Mountain climbers can be completed for a time period (such as 30 seconds) instead of “reps”.

Exercise Descriptions:

Renegade dumbbell rows are done by starting in a push-up pose with the hands on 2 dumbbells. You then row one dumbbell up while steadying your body with the other arm. Bring the dumbbell to the ground and alternate the rowing arm while steadying with the opposite arm. This stabilizing outcome during the rows produces incredible work for your total midsection core area. Believe me… you’ll experience it in the abs!

Front squats are done similar to back squats, conversely 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 maintaining your elbows out in front of you.

This entails a little practice at first, so you will want to try to find a licensed trainer at your fitness center to help you with the form. Front squats necessitate 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 generally a leg exercise, you’ll experience this one in the abs big time!  Any time I do front squats after not having done them for a while, I get a really intense soreness in my abs the subsequent day.

Mountain climbers are made by starting in a push-up position and then moving your feet in and out so that your knees are moving in under your chest and then back to a starting position. It sort of resembles climbing a mountain but flat on the floor. If you would like an advanced version, you can shuffle your hands 8-10 inches forwards and backward in addition to the leg activities. This really becomes a full body workout and MUCH more complicated than usual mountain climbers.

After doing each exercise, try to start to the next exercise with very minimal rest (no more than 15-20 seconds).  Have a break about 1-2 minutes after doing each “tri-set” before repeating the sequence.

This will provide you with one of the best ab workouts you’ve ever had not including direct ab exercises, and with a greater fat-burning metabolic outcome compared to normal ab exercises. You’ll find out what I mean after you try it! This can be utilized as a stand-alone workout (as it can be very difficult if you use challenging weights), or you can incorporate it as a portion of your total body workout.

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