If you are looking for a total ab workout, then you probably already realise that just doing sit ups is not enough. You really need to incorporate lots of exercises specifically targeting the different sections of the abdominal muscles. This gives you the all over packed muscles and the definition should shine through too.
So What Abs Exercises Should Be Used?
The first thing you need to realise is that even though you want to improve your six pack, you shouldn’t just do exercises that target that area. All over body workouts help burn more calories and this means that you will have less fat around your stomach area. So it helps for the abs to show, even without concentrating solely on them. But obviously you will need to train them and these are just some of the exercises you should be doing:
You have probably done these already and are basically your standard sit up. Find a flat area to lie on and lie down with your back flat on the floor. Lift up your knees so that your feet are flat on the floor too. Then place your hands behind your head and interlock your fingers if you wish. Then lift your head and shoulders off the floor and crunch your abs so that you are trying to sit up. Try not too use your hands to pull yourself up, it should be the abs doing all the work. Hold the position for a second, them release and lay flat again. Ideally you should do 3 sets of 20-30 crunches but may be less if you are just beginning.
Knee Raises (Hanging Leg Raises)
This is a great exercise for the lower abs. To perform it you will need a chin up bar or something safe to hang from. The exercise is easy, just hang from the bar, making sure you don’t swing and lift your knees up so that they move to a horizontal position. Hold that position for a few seconds then release. Try to do 3 sets of 15 if you can.
A total ab workout will use these exercises plus some other basic ones but they will give you an ab workout that really cannot be beaten.