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Barbell Ab Exercises

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One of the benefits to using dumbbells during ab exercises is the ability to add weight to make a workout more challenging. The same goes for barbell ab exercises, although it’s not quite as convenient as using a dumbbell. You can add a barbell to a handful of the traditional ab exercises to make them more difficult: sit-ups, crunches, decline sit-ups, etc… However, there’s one barbell ab exercise in particular that is near impossible to perform with dumbbells. We’re talking about the ab roll-out.

Barbell Ab-Rollout

This is one of the most popular barbell ab exercises because it’s a complex movement that works the entire core. It’s also incredibly hard. For this exercise, you’re better off using a fixed-weight barbell (with smooth edges), or a standard barbell with round plates. You can perform this exercise in one of two ways – from the knees, or from a standing position. As you could’ve guessed, the standing position is more advanced and more difficult. Try this in the gym: keeping your core tight and back straight, put your arms on the barbell a few inches wider than shoulder-width. Maintain your posture and slowly lean forward letting your arms push out like superman and your body lower to the ground. When your face gets 6 inches from the ground, focus on using your core to bring you back to the starting position. Variations of this can be done using a stability ball. If you’re looking to incorporate this into a routine, check out Verner’s Bulk Strong program. He loves to incorporate the roll-out to make sure you hit your core enough times during the week. Remember, all programs on Daily Spot update every day.

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Dumbbell Ab Exercises

The same philosophy we’ve been using for other body parts also holds true on abs: the more weight you use, the more strength and size you’re going to get. In this case, it means your abs will bulge more. Dumbbells are one of the first places we look if the ultimate goal is low-rep ab exercises. They’re also a great way to modify traditional ab exercises so that you don’t have to do 2 minutes straight of a workout before exhausting you core. Below we list some of the most popular dumbbell ab exercises, which are mainly modifications of bodyweight exercises.

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Bodyweight Ab Exercises

This may be the only body part where most of the exercises you know do not involve weights. That makes sense, after all, bodyweight ab exercises are the most popular type of exercises for working-out your core. We can also treat your abs a bit different from the rest of your body. It’s OK to work out your abs every day. In fact, a lot of people actually recommend doing core exercises daily.

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