Two Moves for Sculpted Abs

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A sculpted midsection is one of the best indicators of a fit physique--but you can’t train your abs just by doing sit-ups. Team Cellucor Athletes, Jen Jewell and Karina Baymiller, give you their favorite abs exercises, why they work, and how to perform them. Add these two moves to your routine to chisel your abs!

Jen’s Go-To Abs Move: The Reverse Crunch

Why do it?  

Jen says, “This is my all-time favorite abs move because it engages your entire mid-section. The Reverse Crunch is especially effective for those people who want to focus on training their lower abs, as it hits these muscles hard."

How to: 

  1. Lie down on your back with your knees bent and thighs lifted at a 90-degree angle to the floor. Keep your arms at your sides, parallel to your torso, with palms facing the floor. 
  2. Inhale and raise your hips off the floor, bringing your legs toward your chest. Keep your arms steady throughout the movement and avoid using momentum to lift your legs. 
  3. Pause at the top of the movement, then exhale and slowly return to the start position.
  4. Repeat until failure. 

Pro Tip: If you are looking for an extra challenge, try the reverse crunch on a decline bench—this will kick up the intensity a notch or two!

Karina’s #1 Abs Move: Hanging Leg Raise

Why do it?

Karina says, “This always has been and always will be my favorite abs exercise. This is a super challenging exercise not only for your abs, but also for your entire core. Additionally, the Hanging Leg Raise helps build strength in your grip--talk about bang for your buck!”

How to: 

  1. Extend your arms overhead, and grab a chin up bar with a medium or wide grip. 
  2. Begin in a straight-legged stance with your pelvis slightly pushed back. 
  3. Exhale, engage your core, and raise your legs towards your chest in a slow and controlled movement.
  4. Pause, and then slowly return to start, inhaling as you bring the legs back down. 
  5. Repeat until failure. 

Pro Tip: Not ready for the chin up bar? Try this move on the Captain's Chair. For an added challenge, keep your legs straight throughout the entire exercise!

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