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The Ultimate Abs Workout for Men

Most men work intensely for a super awesome 6-pack physique, but many aren’t aware of how they are supposed to work to achieve them. Unfortunately, a proper workout for a sexy midsection doesn’t always involve hundreds of crunches or sit-ups. In fact, you can get great looking abs without them. In order to get washboard abs, you need to focus on improving core strength and most importantly, core stability. The core consists of 29 muscles and it is the center of all your body’s movements. Almost every movement you make connects to the core. Inadequate core stability wreaks havoc in any workout, whether it involves the abs or even the legs.

Crunches and sit-ups are great and a staple part of any man’s regimen but their efficacy wears down after a while. Try adding these advanced core exercises to sculpt a beach-worthy body:

1. Leg Raises

Leg raises are awesome for your lower belly. Performing a single leg raise is simple. Start with your back against the floor and raise your legs vertically toward the ceiling. Keep your legs as straight as possible, keep your toes pointed up and slowly bring your legs together toward the floor. You should feel it in your abs after 2 reps. If you don’t feel it, make sure your lower back is in contact with the floor as you bring your legs down and slow your movements down a little.

2. Hip Lifts/Reverse Crunches

This exercise is similar to normal leg raises, but it adds the hip element. Lie with your back flat on your mat or the floor and hold your legs vertically in the air. Keep your legs straight and point your toes to the ceiling. With your arms on the side and palms touching the floor, focus on the region below your belly. Let your legs lean back toward your shoulder and lift your hips off the ground. Raise them up as high and possible. Pause and gradually return to initial position. This makes one repletion, brace yourself for 10 more.

3. Oblique Rotations

Sit on the floor with your hands behind your head, supporting it. Bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the ground. Lean your torso back at a 45 degree angle to stabilize it and twist your core to the left, lowering your body towards this direction. Right when you’re about to reach the floor, turn clockwise to your right while swinging your body back to center and then toward the right. Continue this movement left and right and perform 10 repetitions on each side.

4. Hanging Knee Crossover

Hang on a pull-up bar with your hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Make sure your palms are facing forward and your feet are almost touching the ground. Slowly raise your knees with your legs together toward your right shoulder. Lift as high as possible and pause in the uppermost position for a few seconds. Straighten your legs and repeat the same movement toward the left shoulder. Perform as many repetitions as possible and repeat this entire workout twice more.

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