Just about every guy wants to be able to peel off his shirt with pride to show a chiseled midsection that makes both men and women stop and stare. The only people who don’t are the ones that already have one. Why do we do cardio and eat that bland diet? It is all in pursuit of great abs!
Four Key Ab Tips
- While you can’t really isolate any part of the abdominals, you can add extra focus so having a well rounded routine is important.
- Make sure to go the same pace for both the positive and negative portion of the movements and exhale as you contract to get a tighter contraction. Hold the contraction for at least a single count.
- Include core work as part of a well-rounded routine.
- Work your abs on cardio days or after most workouts because working shoulders, back, or legs means you will need your abs for support, which they won’t provide if exhausted.
The Ultimate Abs Workout for Men
This routine is a serious burner and should only be done twice a week. While some people think abs can be worked more often, the truth is that they are a muscle and as such follow the same recovery and overtraining rules as the biceps or chest.
This routine can be done as straight sets or as a circuit. Even better alternate between the two each workout.
- Oblique Crunches – 3 sets of 25 reps
- Reverse Crunches – 3 sets of 20 reps
- Swiss Ball Crunches – 3 sets of 20 reps
- Roman Chair Twists – 3 sets of 15 (to each side)
- Hanging Leg Raises – 3 sets of 15 -20 reps
- Plank – Hold for 30 to 60 seconds x 3
You can also mix up the order of these exercises. For example, moving the planks to the front will help pre-exhaust the muscles a bit.
A huge key to this abs workout for men is form and focus. You shouldn’t be in a hurry to work abs and get to the next thing. If you truly want an eye-popping midsection to be revealed after dropping fat, it takes a lot of hard work and focus; just like for properly developing any other muscle. So take the time to learn the exercise and learn to feel it during the entire range of motion.
Also not the reps are at least 15. We aren’t going for bigger muscles. The aim is to work strength, endurance, and tone along with definition. Using lower reps is a faster way to building bigger muscles which is exactly what you don’t want for your abs.
Now go hit the gym and start working towards your own set of chiseled abdominals!