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Ab Workouts

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Let’s be honest: most people who work out have some level of desire for defined abs. Whether it’s a six-pack, or just a flat and toned stomach, abs are always somewhere in the back of our mind. There’s some good and bad news about this. First, the good news: doing ab workouts will have benefits beyond just toning your abs. The bad news is, in order to see the six-pack, you’ll need to 1) have the ab muscles and 2) get your body fat down to a low enough percentage that the muscles are visible. We’re talking low teens.

Types of Ab Muscles

As with the other body parts, it’s important for you to work every area of your abs. There are exercises for your abdominals (right in the middle of your stomach) and exercises that target your obliques, which are the sides of your stomach. Some ab workouts will hit both parts of your abs, however, the most valuable core workouts will hit every part of your core.

Benefits of Core Workouts

Planks are one of the most popular and well-known core workouts. The beauty of a core workout is that it targets your entire mid-section. Your ‘core’ contains your abs, but it also includes your lower back and your hips. This is why core workouts become so important – as you can already imagine how much you engage your abs, lower-back, and hips in other workouts. For example, think about the motion when you squat. The goal of the squat is to keep your core tight and use your legs to squat the weight. With a weak core, you take on an added risk of instability in your midsection. When you begin squatting significant weight, this risk increases. Anyway, we’re digressing. Take a look at some of our core workouts below.

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Ab Workouts For Women

Don’t fall for the branding (we’re on to you Kayla). Instagrammers and fitness celebs love to talk about why their ab workouts for women deliver even BETTER results than anywhere else. Well, I’m sorry to say that’s just not true. Most of these ab workouts are very similar to one another. After all, the key to getting the tone and definition that you want is making sure you work out your core (easy) and then getting your body fat percentage low enough that the fat no longer covers up the results (harder). We’ll expose some of the most used ab workouts from these instagrammers, and now when you see their routines first-hand, you’ll know they’re just pulling from the same variety and putting their own spin on it.

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Ab Workouts at Home

Out of all body parts, ab workouts at home will most closely resemble the ab workouts you’d do in the gym. There are dozens and dozens of various ab workouts that can all be done in your apartment or bedroom and provide a great core workout. Given the ease of doing ab workouts at home, there’s no excuse to skip a day. Try getting into a routine of doing a few minutes of planks right when you wake-up in the morning. Or, perhaps you warm-up before you go to the gym with a round of crunches. Whatever the case, the core is too important to neglect, so we’ll need to do our best to at least work out our core a few times a week.

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Ab Workouts For Men

One thing we recommend is to try to get into the habit of doing a few core exercises every day. Whereas for a large body part where you’re lifting weight, like your legs, you need to have adequate rest days between your workouts, when discussing ab workouts for men or women, you’re able to perform exercises daily. On Daily Spot, we recommend Sarah’s Daily Core program, as it uses a mix of core, abdominal, oblique, and even full-body workouts to safely work your entire core every day. The best part is that you only need to work out your core for 10 minutes a day to get the benefits. It also helps to be mindful of engaging your core during your other lifts as well.

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