Build Strength with Ab Exercises

Ab exercises develop strength in the major muscles of your abdomen: obliques (inner & external), transversus abdominis, and rectus abdominis. The abdominal muscles keep the chest and shoulders stabilized over or in front of the hips during most standing, ground based activities. They are used for such common actions as standing, walking, running, bending, sitting down, and lying down. They are core muscles for movements you make all throughout each day.

There are many abdomen exercises one can do, but one of the best and most common is called Sit Ups. To do this exercise, lie down on the bench with dumbbells held together on your chest (if you're ready to use them), and your feet anchored in stirrups. Begin with lifting your head, then lift your entire upper body, bending at the waist, to an upright sitting position. Lower your body, finally bringing your head to rest on the bench. This is one rep.

Keep These Things in Mind

Always breathe in as you sit up, and breathe out as you lie down. Employ smooth, even motions throughout the exercise. Sit up and lie down slowly, in order to gain full benefit from both the contraction and relaxation of each muscle. Concentrate upon and try to feel the specific stomach muscles doing the work as you sit up and lie down. Remember— anti aging that works requires you to work at anti aging.

Watch this video for further explanation and demonstration of Sit Ups—


After completing the ab exercises, move on to the best leg exercises.