There are times that you dread on working out your abs.
Perhaps it’s the pain and agony of your burnout set that you hate so dearly. Maybe you’re leaving Ab exercises towards the end of your workout…
Heck by that time you’re probably wasted, tired, and have pushed yourself to the limit for over 45 minutes.
Some Ab exercises are mainly a waste – the exercises I mention in this post are mostly superior to most direct Ab workouts out there.
Like many people (including myself) I know you’re probably short on time.
But whatever the case, including exercises help you work on target muscle group plus Abs is always an added benefit.
So if you’re looking to “kill two birds with one stone” then look no further (although you probably would have to in order read what they are :))
So, let’s jump right in.
Let’s First Learn about the Importance of Indirect And Direct Exercises
Indirect and Direct exercises have completely different roles, however they are dependent on one another. How?
Direct exercises are targeted exercises.
- Direct Exercises: For example, if you’re training your back, working on Chin-ups – your targeted muscle group is surely the back, making it directly targeted – therefore Chin-ups are Direct Exercises when training your back.
However, with Indirect Exercises, these exercises manage to hit muscle groups that are not directly targeted.
- Indirect Exercises: For example, referring to Chin-ups again, your biceps aren’t directly being targeted, but will get worked on indirectly – this makes Chin-ups an Indirect exercise when you involve your biceps.
You can see how they are COMPLETELY different but dependent on one another to perform any particular exercise.
So if your short on time or are skipping those crunches or sit-ups, read up on what’s as valuable and to some extent better than many conventional Ab exercises…
So what are the exercises you never thought that work on your Abs:
Exercise #1: Overhead squat
Preferably known as a leg exercise – this workout is a deadly weapon if you want to work on Abs. Normally used with a barbell – the bar is gripped using the snatch wide hand grip positioning. Lift the bar over your head and squat.
You’ll find that to stabilize the weight overhead, you need some serious core strength.
Your Abs are worked out tremendously to prevent you from falling forward and backward.
Exercise #2: Front squat
Similarly to the Overhead Squat, the target area for Front Squats are your legs – however using proper form, your Abs will be worked extensively – much more than that of its counterpart the back squat.
Your Abs will prevent the weight from falling forward since you’ll be in an upright position…
…the Front squat is also a great alternative to the back squat and if you suffer lower back problems from bad form.
Exercise #3: Deadlift
Many don’t realize how much your back requires a strong frontal core for sound form positioning and a healthy back.
Lifting without core activation will cause back issues when moving up on weight and potential injuries like a hernia.
Exercise #4: Overhead press
If practiced correctly, you will find that Overhead Presses demands a lot of core strength – especially once you start moving up on heavy weight.
The Abs are tighten and activated when perform the lift to compensate the back and also to prevent lower hyper-extension – this will save you back a ton.
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Now It’s Your Turn
These exercises will be sure to cut down time if you want to include working on your Abs.
All 4 exercises are all dependent on core activation for optimal lifting, form, and technique. Include them in your regimen and watch your abs transform.
P.S. Don’t forget about proper nutrition for a more comprehensive approach to chiseling the Abs and flattening your stomach.
Without a diet to compliment your, your results will be difficult to reach.