Beyond the physique-minded desire to want that toned up tummy, abdominals play a critical role in balance, injury prevention and overall strength. As someone who works out 6 days a week, I shoot to incorporate ab exercises 3 days per week, or every other day. This generally includes a high rep circuit of three exercises that works 3 different parts of the abdominal cavity:
- rectus abdominis (superficial “6-pack”)
- obliques (external and internal)
- transverse abdominis (not visible to the eye, but acts as a girdle to your lower tummy)
The following circuits are my “go-to’s” to perform at the end of a lift. Each circuit includes 3 different exercises to be performed one after another with little to no rest. At the end of one round, rest 1 minute. Repeat 3 times! Between ab circuits such as this, and the incorporation of compound lifts (e.g. dead lift, squat) the abs will surely be worked throughout the week!
P.S. For those of you who strive for that “6-pack,” just remember: diet is critical 🙂