Your abdominal muscles play a key role in so much of what you do on a daily basis. Think about them for a second.
Your abdominal muscles play a key role in so much of what you do on a daily basis. Think about them for a second. The rectus abdominis runs from your chest to your pelvis, one long strip of muscle that facilitates forward motion. Our abs help us walk, run, bend, curl, swim, stretch, pretty much anything and everything beyond sitting absolutely still (and even then, those abs are working to keep you upright).
As with any major muscle group, it’s vital to train them. We’re here to help, but don’t worry—we’re not talking endless sit-ups. Instead, we want to help you focus on smart training and proper technique to get the most out of your time.
The secret to a good ab workout? Targeting different parts of the massive muscle, which benefits the entire body. Studies have shown that even a move that seems focused on the upper ab has benefits lower down.
We turned to Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute Specialist Robert Reames, who offered up a circuit of muscle-crunching, stomach-busting moves to bring out your abs. Perform it 3 to 4 times a week on its own, or, for best results, add it to the end of your normal routine. Once you get the hang of the circuit, try to step up to the high-octane version of each move for even faster results.
Check out the circuit here.