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A Dozen Drills for Amazing Abdominals

The majority of men neglect the abdominals when it comes to training. The midsection is the most important factor in looking good and the first line of defence against any illness.

Most men understand how important it is to keep their midsections trim, but do little or nothing about it. The majority of men who do make an effort to flex their abdominals usually do standard sit-ups. But hardly anyone does what it takes to truly define the stomach muscles. The formula is quite simple: follow a fat-free diet and perform exercises that hit the abs (and obliques) hard and from different angles. If you've got the discipline and determination to train midsection muscles, why not go all out? The 12 maneuvers illustrated are fairly difficult, but yield superior results. Don't stop doing sit-ups; simply add these exercises for a superior regimen.

Straight Cable Crunches

Sit facing away from a cable, grasping a rope attachment with both hands behind the head. Proceed to lean forward and pull the rope forward, contracting abdominal muscles. Pause, then return to starting position. Perform 15 repetitions.

Jackknives

Lie on your back with legs out and hands behind head. Proceed to simultaneously raise the legs while extending hands toward feet. Pause, then return to starting position. Perform 15 repetitions.

Ball Sit-Ups

Sit on a Swiss ball grasping a small medicine ball overhead with both hands. Proceed to lean back until your back touches the Swiss ball. Pause, then return to starting position. Perform 15 repetitions.

Weighted Trunk Rotations

Sit on a Swiss ball facing away from a cable, with legs bent, a small dumbbell between the feet and grasping the machine behind you with both hands. Proceed to twist the lower body to the left. Pause, then twist to the right. Perform 15 alternating repetitions to each side.

Weighted Leg Lifts

Sit on a Swiss ball facing away from a cable, with legs straight out, a small dumbbell between the feet and grasping the machine behind you with both hands. Proceed to raise legs up until they are at a 90-degree angle to the torso. Pause, then return to starting position. Perform 15 repetitions.

Crossover Crunches

Sit facing away from a cable, grasping a rope attachment with both hands behind the head. Proceed to lean forward and pull the rope down and to the left. Pause, return to starting position and next pull the rope down to the right. Complete 15 alternating repetitions to each side.

Weighted Leg Pull-Ins

Lie on your back on a bench a few feet away from a cable. Grasp the bench with both hands for support. Raise the legs and squeeze a handle attached to a high cable between the feet. Proceed to pull it down. Pause, then return to starting position. Perform 15 repetitions.

Straight-Arm Horizontal Twists

Standing adjacent to a cable, grasp a handle with both hands at shoulder height. Proceed to twist and pull the handle to the opposite side. Pause, then return to starting position. Perform 15 repetitions, then turn around for another set to the other side.

Straight Arm Vertical Twists

Standing adjacent to a cable, grasp a handle with both hands at waist height. Proceed to pull the handle up overhead to the opposite side. Pause, then return to starting position. Perform 15 repetitions, then turn around for another set to the other side.
 
Hanging Twist Leg Raise

Grasp an overhead bar with a medium grip, with legs together and knees slightly bent. Proceed to raise knees and twist the torso to the right. Pause, then return to starting position and next raise knees and twist the torso to the left. Perform 15 alternating repetitions to each side.

Ball Twists

Sit on a Swiss ball grasping a small medicine ball overhead with both hands. Proceed to twist to the left. Pause, then twist to the right. Perform 15 alternating twists to each side.

Hanging Straight Leg Raises

Grasp an overhead bar with a medium grip, with legs together and knees slightly bent. Proceed to raise legs until parallel to the floor. PauseFeature Articles, then return to starting position. Perform 15 repetitions.

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Sandra Prior runs her own bodybuilding website at http://bodybuild.rr.nu



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