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All About the Best Stomach Exercises

Updated: May 4, 2020

It is only natural, most people want to look their best, and exercising their stomach muscles is usually a huge part of most fitness programs. If so, much time and energy is going to be focused on this muscle group, it is a good idea to know what the best stomach exercises are. There are many resources available for finding the best exercises, and plenty of people to say what they consider the best, so how can a person decide for themselves which truly are the best exercises for working their stomach muscles? Firstly, it is important to note that the best stomach exercises are those that you are willing to do. No matter how effective the exercise is, if you are not going to do them consistently the exercise will not benefit that you. It is also important to note that the best exercises do not necessarily require equipment to perform them, although some machines and equipment may work quite well for some people. When you decide on a fitness program that includes stomach exercises, it is best to include exercises that work the different parts of the stomach. Simply concentrating on one area of your stomach won’t be as effective all over. The most effective exercises combine working the oblique, which are the side muscles, the lower abdominals, the mid-section and also the upper section. Some of the most popular ab exercises are crunches. These are a very effective exercise and very convenient since they can be performed anywhere without any equipment. The next exercise that is also very popular and goes along with the basic crunch is the side crunch, which works out the oblique. Lastly, if you add in a basic leg raise to the mix then you are working almost all areas of the abdominals. This is a great little set to do every few days: 10 Crunches 10 Side Crunches Left 10 Side Crunches Right 10 Leg Raise Repeat 3 to 6 times Pilates is also a great way to work out the entire abdominal area and more. The reason for this is because in Pilates, the whole focus is on the core. Every movement in a Pilate's workout will work the stomach muscles either directly or indirectly. Remember again though that all our bodies are different and just because one person may consider a specific exercise to be the best stomach exercise for their body, that does not necessarily mean it is the best exercise for your body. Each person's body is different and will respond differently to certain movements. Any one serious about working on the abdominal muscles will find it most helpful to try several different exercises and then determine which one they can both feel and see results with. If one exercise is simply too hard to do correctly or does not feel like it has done anything for the muscle group worked, that exercise is clearly not the best (or the technique is off) and you should ask me about helping you come up with a more individualised program.

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