There is more to the abdominal area than the six-pack – this muscle group includes many interconnected muscles that run up the back and stretch down to the butt, and all of them should get a piece of the action if you want to get the kind of ripped stomach you see on magazine covers.
Forget about crunches and try this program of six exercises that effectively target all abdominal muscles and promote greater fat loss and a better muscle building response than any of the traditional abs exercises. You can do them in straight sets, resting 30 seconds between sets, or in a circuit with no rest between exercises.
Ready to build a washboard mid-section? Make your abs scream with the routine below!
1. Flutter kicks
Lie on your back with the head and back relaxing on the ground, arms extended by your sides. Tighten your abs and hold the legs straight out and lifted about six inches above the ground. Start the movement by lifting the left leg higher than the right leg, then lower it as you lift the right leg higher. This should be done quickly, in a scissor-like motion.
You can also tuck your hands underneath the glutes for a better control of the movement. One kick with each leg constitutes one rep. Perform 5 sets of 15 reps.
2. Straight leg raises
Image result for Straight leg raises gifLie on your back with the head and back relaxing on the ground and the legs extended. Keeping the knees straight and close together, slowly lift your legs straight up towards the ceiling until they are about perpendicular to the floor, if possible. Hold the position for a few moments, keeping the lower abs contracted. Slowly return to the starting position.