Gym in Southern IL Fitness Abs exercises the right way

April 26th, 2012, 02:04:11 Administrator

Want to know the most effective ab exercises? The American Council on Exercise found out just which exercises target the abs in the most effective way in an ACE-commissioned study.

It’s important to remember that, while ab exercises won’t get rid of fat from the belly, a strong core is important for keeping your body healthy and protecting your spine.

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The most effective ab exercises start with the bicycle, which is the best move for targeting the rectus abdominis (i.e., the ‘six pack’) and the obliques (the waist), according to the study.

Most Effective Ab Exercise: Bicycle

  1. Lie face up on your mat and place your hands behind your head, lightly supporting it with your fingers.
  2. Bring the knees in to the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the floor without pulling on the neck.
  3. Rotate to the left, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee as you straighten the other leg.
  4. Switch sides, bringing the left elbow towards the right knee.
  5. Continue alternating sides in a ‘pedaling’ motion for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.

View this video for more detailed instructions.

If you have difficulty with this move, you can try a modified version.

View this exercise in the Best Ab Workout.

Source:http://exercise.about.com/od/abs/ss/abexercises.htm


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