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.
Dumbbell Sit-up and Dumbbell Crunch
On Daily Spot, you’ll see sit-ups, crunches, v-ups, you name it used in a variety of ways. Perhaps a trainer’s routine includes ‘4 sets of 20 reps’ of v-ups. Maybe that day they want to do ‘as many reps as you can in a minute’. Including a dumbbell offers a great way to turn a workout from an endurance exercise into a strength exercise. The first to mention is the crunch. Instead of having to do 100 crunches before your abs start to tire, lay a dumbbell across your chest. This should become challenging after fewer reps.
Dumbbells can also add a whole new element to the plank family. These dumbbell ab exercises will hit the whole core and not just one part of the abdominals. For example, a plank reach out. Including a dumbbell in this will require more stability from the core. The same goes for slide plank T-ups. Sarah’s Daily Core program is a great way to see dumbbell ab exercises in action. Remember, all programs update every day on Daily Spot, so see what she’s doing today!