Top 10 Ab-Ripping Exercises

Top 10 Ab-Ripping Exercises

Abs. If you build them, they won’t come–not if they’re covered in flab. Here’s 10 ab-ripping exercises to build and burn your abs at the same time.


Many people think sculpting a six-pack is as complicated as doing Donald Trump’s tax return (or hair, for that matter).

Developing abs is difficult. However, it’s not complicated. There’s a huge difference.

There are really only two questions to be answered: First, how do you develop thick abs? Second, once you have thick abs, how can you get those suckers to actually show themselves?

To answer the first question, you need to do loaded abdominal work. No, we don’t mean downing a few Jägerbombs instead of your pre-workout shake. We mean using resistance with ab training, just like you do with your other body-part exercises.

As far as resistance goes, gravity ain’t enough, I’m afraid.

To answer the second question, you need to reduce the amount of body fat covering your abs. This you do through cardio and a healthy diet. See, it wasn’t so hard now was it?

Resistance: Anything But Futile

When you train your chest, your back, your arms, your legs, and everything else, for that matter, you use weights to properly develop the muscle targeted, I’m guessing. But when it comes to abs, many people ditch the weights and go crazy doing countless numbers of crunches and the like.

Start doing loaded abdominal work. You’ll feel a dramatic difference in the stimulus, I promise you that.

Diet: The Missing Link

You’ll need to put some real thought and work into your food intake during the next three weeks, but after that, eating clean will become routine.

Well, most days, anyway. An ab friendly diet can come in various forms, but basic rules apply pretty much across the board:

  • Eat smaller healthy meals and snacks 6 to 8 times a day.
  • Focus on a high protein intake.
  • Eat LOTS of vegetables (if you think you already eat a lot, eat more).
  • Never ever miss breakfast or pre- and post workout meals.
  • Stay away from anything containing sugar.
  • Don’t eat carbs in the evening unless you need to reload after a heavy workout.
  • Drink lots of cold water throughout the whole day.
  • Incorporate high-intensity interval training into your cardio regimen.

Top 10 Ab Exercises

Without further ado, then, my top 10 exercises, listed in no special order:

1: Russian Twists

Loaded Russian twists, performed for 10 reps per side. Hold a weight with both arms for resistance. Twist your torso to the right side until your arms are parallel with the floor.

Move back to the starting position and then move to the opposite side.

Russian Twists

Russian Twists

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