If you’re now doing direct abdominal exercise routines, such as situps, leg lifts, and crunches, take a look at indirect exercises for the best ab workouts.
You can actually achieve even better results with high intensity, full-body workouts that boost your metabolism while working your abs.
Below is a great abdominal workout that doesn’t involve direct ab exercises. The workout is like a super-set, but you alternate between three exercises in a tri-state format.
You can use a rep scheme of 3-4 sets of 8 reps for each of the exercises. It’s also effective to use 5 sets of 5 reps of each exercise. You can do the mountain climbers for 30 seconds instead of reps.
Renegade dumbbell rows – start in a pushup position with your hands on two dumbbells. While you stabilize your body with one arm, row one dumbbell up. Then you should bring the dumbbell to the ground.
Stabilize with your opposite arm while you alternate your rowing arm. As you stabilize during rows, your midsection will get a great workout, and you’ll definitely feel it in your abs.
Front squats – you’ll do these just like back squats, except you’ll put the barbell on the front of your shoulders in front of your body, and not rest them on your upper backs as you do in back squats.
To stabilize the barbell on your shoulders, keep your elbows in front of your body and cross your arms; then push your fists into the bar against your shoulders. You’ll have to practice this, so you it’s important to have a gym trainer help you get the form right.
You’ll also find you need great stabilization strength for front squats because you’re shifting the barbell weight to the front of your body and not the back. This is mostly a leg exercise, but you’ll be surprised how much you feel it in your abs.
Mountain climbers – begin in a pushup position and shuffle your feet in and out to make your knees move first under your chest and then out to your starting position.
You’ll feel like you’re climbing a mountain, but it’s really flat on the floor. If you’re adventurous, shuffle your hands backward and forward 10 inches while you’re doing your leg movements. This will give you a full body exercise, and you’ll find that it’s a lot harder than using regular mountain climbers.
As you complete each exercise, make sure to rest for about 30 seconds before beginning the next one.
Also, don’t forget to rest for about one to two minutes after completing each tri-set before you repeat.
You’re going to find that these indirect exercises give you the best ab workouts. And you’re not doing any direct ab exercises. Try it yourself!