When it comes to completing upper and lower body training routines, individuals manage to think up some obscure and sometimes incredible alternatives to the bog standard training techniques. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as though the same can be said for abdominal workouts. Whether it’s just the gyms I’ve visited or the individuals I’ve observed training, it appears as though the majority lose their creative flair and imagination when it comes to their abdominals – always opting for the traditional crunches.
It really doesn’t have to be this way. The variation potential with abdominal exercises is close to endless and with a little thinking outside the box you can easily create an abdominal routine that pushes you to the limits each and every time you train. This article aims to give you a nudge in the right direction by introducing several abdominal exercises which may have escaped you.
Even the name of this exercise should fill you with hope and excitement that there’s more to life than the traditional crunch.
To perform this exercise, commence in a push up position with your elbows slightly bend. Contract your abdominals and begin to move crawl forward by moving alternative legs and arms. For example, move your right arm and left leg forward at the same time. Complete this for a period of 30 seconds.
Individuals tend to undertake the side plank, but rarely tend to add a dynamic element. This exercise targets your obliques.
To perform this exercise, commence on your left side with your elbow propping you up. Your right leg should be directly on top of your left leg. Contract your left obliques and lift your hip off of the floor, pushing your right hip towards the ceiling. Repeat this for 10 repetitions before switching sides.
Given the name, it tends to exert its effects on the lower abdominal region.
To perform this exercise, lie on your back with your legs bent, ensuring that your upper body remains firmly fixed to the floor. Contract your abdominal muscles and begin to raise your pelvis off the floor by tucking your knees in towards your chest region. Then start to slowly reverse this movement back to the start position. This is one repetition. Repeat 10 times.
Hopefully the above three examples have enabled your creative juices to start flowing when it comes to abdominal exercises. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than doing an endless amount of crunches day in and day out. Not only is it repetitive and tedious, but you will quite quickly reach a plateau where you simply won’t notice any further enhancements.
So why not try the above three exercises and think of a few more of your own to create a revamped, challenging abdominal workout for yourself.