Usually people don’t do total abs workouts and there are various reasons for this. They may find total abs workouts too tiring or strenuous, or they may prefer the control that they get from working the upper abs, then the lower abs. However, you may want to incorporate one or two total abs workouts into your regular routine because they can be very beneficial. When you are working all of the abs sets together, you get a fluidity that you just can’t get from working one set at a time. Try these five movements that work your entire abdominal area. You may find some that you enjoy.
1. Crunches with Leg Raised
Lie on your back with your hands behind your head to support your neck. Stretch your legs out in front of you and raise your heels several inches off of the floor. Raise your legs slightly as you raise your upper body in a crunch. Return to your start position but do not let your heels touch the floor before repeating the movement again. This should be slow and steady, the movement fluid.
2. Abs Roll on Exercise Ball
Lay your body across your exercise ball so that your thighs are over the ball and your upper body is supported by your arms which are on the floor. Keep your back straight. Using your abdominal muscles, pull your legs toward your arms so that the ball rolls down your legs and your boy ends up in an inverted V shape with your fanny in the air. Slowly roll back down and return to your starting position. This is one of the abs workouts that you can really feel working. It may take some practice to get the balance and technique down, but once you get it, baby, look out!
3. The “Bicycle”
Lie on your back with your hands behind your head, supporting your neck. Extend your legs in front of you and raise your heels several inches off of the floor. Raise your upper body off of the mat and raise your right knee to your face with your left leg still extended. Alternate the movement by extending the right leg and raising the left knee. As you raise your knee, turn your upper body so that the opposite elbow is pointing at it. This is one of the oldest total abs workouts that is just as effective today as it was years ago.
4. Pelvic Raise with Crunch
Lie on your back with your hands behind your head supporting your neck. Raise your legs so that your feet are pointing at the ceiling. You will be doing two separate crunches together, an upper abs crunch and a lower abs crunch. As you raise your shoulders and upper body off of the mat, raise your pelvis off of the mat as well, pushing your feet toward the ceiling. Lower your upper and lower body and repeat.
5. Pilates Sit Up
Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet on the floor. Raise your arms over your head. Slowly bring your arms in front of you as you slowly sit up. Do not use your arms to “boost” yourself up. Slowly lower your body back onto the mat. You can add a little extra challenge by holding a medicine ball in your hands as you complete the movement.
Total abs workouts will really work your body. You may want to switch them up now and then so that you don’t hit a plateau. You should also include a healthy diet and regular cardio exercise into your plan. That will help your total abs workouts to really work.