Michele Cannell

Fitness professional certified in Personal Training, Wellness, CPR/AED, Cycling, Pilates, YogaFit, Tai Chi, and living with Celiac Disease.

What is the Best Ab Exercise? You will be Surprised

There are so many different abdominal exercises and/routines that are being advertised as ” the way to a six pack” or “create a thin waistline” etc. it can become overwhelming. Two things to remember: BICYCLE AND VARIETY.

Your abdominal muscles are one of the muscle groups responsible for holding you up, absorbing the weight from the top and lower part of your body (overall core) so why wouldn’t we want this area to be Strong! Just make it simple. It really is easy.

Make sure your are incorporating a bicycle abdominal exercise into every ab/core routine. A bicycle fires every muscle group in your abdominals at the same time if done properly.

You don’t want to ONLY exercise your abs with the bicycle, however. Adding additional exercises will help with variety, emphasize different areas of the abdominal and aids in exhausting the abdominal muscles.

According to the below study, the best abdominal exercises in addition to the bicycle are:
Best Exercise for Abs

Abdominal Exercise How Do I Do It Properly
Bicycle Crunchhttp://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/abdominalcorestrength1/qt/Bicycle_Crunch.htm
Captains Chair http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/abdominalcorestrength1/qt/captains_chair.htm
Crunch on Stability Ball http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/abdominalcorestrength1/tp/ab_crunch_on_ball.htm
Stability Ball Push-Ups/Plankhttp://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/balancetraining/a/stabiltypushup.htm
Vertical Knee Raise http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/abdominalcorestrength1/qt/captains_chair.htm