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Ten Exercises To Get Abs Of Steel

Plank – Start in pushup position, but place your weight on your forearms instead of your hands. Your body should form a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Squeeze your abs tight and press your forearms into the floor. Hold for the given time. (30-60 seconds is a good starting goal)

Plank on Swiss Ball -Place your hands on a Swiss ball and position your body in pushup position. Squeeze your abs tight and brace your entire body, trying not to let your body move with the ball. Hold this position for time.

Side Plank -Lie on your left side with your legs straight. Shift your weight onto your left hand and raise your hips so that your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Squeeze your abs tight and hold for time. Then, switch sides and repeat.

Cable Hold-Grab a band (or a cable) that’s attached to a cable station at chest height. Stand with one side facing the anchor point and step away till you feel tension. Slowly extend your arms in front of your body until they’re straight and hold. Then return to the start. Perform for reps, switch sides and repeat.

Dumb Bell Walk-Grab a heavy dumbbell in one arm and stand tall. Then, walk forward for 25 to 50 yards without allow the weight to make you lean to a side. Your chest should remain up and your shoulders tucked down and back. Complete the walk, grab the weight in the other hand and repeat.

Hip Thrusts-Place your upper back on a bench and lie faceup on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Then, raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Pause, then lower. To make it harder, place a barbell across your hips.

Ab Roller-Kneel on the floor and grab an ab wheel with both hands (or you can place your hands on Valslides or towels). Slowly push the wheel forward and extend your body as far as you can without allowing your hips to drop. Then, use your abs to pull your body back to the start.

Dumbbell Squats-Hold a dumbbell vertically with both hands and keep it close to your chest. Squeeze your abs and then push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body as far as you can. Pause, then stand back up.

L-Sit Pull-Ups-Grab a pullup bar with a double overhand grip. Without allowing your torso to move, hinge at your hips and lift your legs together until they are at 90 degrees. Then, perform conventional pullups while keeping your legs locked in this position.

Medicine Ball Walk Outs-Put a medicine ball at your feet. Push your hips back without rounding your lower back. Place your hands on the med ball and slowly start walking your hands on top of the med ball driving it away from you. Walk your hands as far as you can without letting your hips sink, and then walk your hands backwards as you roll the ball back towards your feet.

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