I'm ab-crazy, so I'm always on the lookout for something to add to my “**Best Exercises for Lower Abs**” list. Once they're on my list, I add them to my routine, and see how they work (or whine if they don't). If you're ab-crazy like me, keep reading! Here are my picks for the 7 best exercises for lower abs... enjoy!
1. Leg Raises
Lie flat on your back on a mat, with your arms at your sides, then raise your legs, together, about ten inches off the floor. Leave them there, raised, for 30 seconds, or as long as you can, then slowly lower them back to the ground. Repeat, so you've done a set of three. Shaky legs! But this is one of the best exercises for lower abs, too.
Here's another one of the best exercises for lower abs you won't see coming: a plank. Lie on your stomach, arms in front of you, then raise your body up on your elbows and toes, keeping a straight line. Hold this position for two minutes, or as long as you can. It doesn't sound like much, but trust me, you'll be shaking like a leaf by the end of the first minute!
A pushup, done correctly, is the world's perfect exercise. It can work out your arms, back, core, lower abs, chest, and legs, all in one fluid up and down motion. Aim for three sets of twenty-five properly-done pushups, and enjoy firmer lower abs, and everything else!
What are lay-downs, you ask? They're sort of the opposite of a sit-up. Sit on a decline sit-up bench, and slowly lower yourself until you're about half-way flat... then sit all the way up again! Repeat so you've done three sets of 12-20 “lay-downs.” It's much harder than it sounds!
5. Twist Crunches
Go back to that decline bench for a set of classic twist crunches. Twist while crunching up, so your left elbow touches your right knee, then vice versa next crunch. Again, repeat so you've done three sets of 12-20 crunches. These are classics, one of the very best exercises for lower abs.
6. Sitting Leg Lifts
Most gyms have a piece of equipment especially for this, and if yours does, use it! You stand in the machine with your arms bent, then raise your legs in front of you, using your abs to do the work. Whew! These are hard, but do 3 sets of 12 anyway. Are you sweating yet?
These are fun, and not nearly as difficult as some of these other best exercises for lower abs. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, hands on your hips. Now bend, twisting so your right fingers graze your left toes, stand back up, then twist so your left fingers touch your right toes. Repeat until you've done three sets of 20-25. Head rush! Tight abs!
Wow, so many excellent exercises for your lower abs! Work a few of these into your routine, and see if you love them as much as I do! Or maybe you've already tried some of these, and if so, which of these do you think is one of the best exercises for lower abs? Do tell!