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5 Exercises For Abdominal Workout

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Your abdominal muscles are made up of four different muscles.
For the ultimate abdominal workout, make sure the abdominal exercises you choose encompass all four muscles.

The outer layer of your abdominals is formed by the rectus abdominus, which most people know as the ‘six pack’.
The next two layers of abdominal muscles are the internal obliques and external obliques.
The inner most layer of abdominal muscle is called transversus abdominus. This muscle is very important in protecting your back from injury and is often referred to as your ‘core’. It wraps around the spine and abdominal cavity to create an inward pressure similar to that of a corset. Think of it as the body’s natural back brace.

Try the abdominal exercises below to help you to isolate the different abdominal muscles during your work out.

  1. Reverse Crunch

    Target Muscle: Rectus Abdominus.

    Reverse Crunch – Start Position

    Reverse Crunch – Start Position

    Reverse Crunch – Finish Position

    Reverse Crunch – Finish Position

    Find out how to do the Reverse Crunch abdominal exercise to build your ‘six-pack’.

  2. The Bicycle

    Target Muscle: Internal Obliques and External Obliques.

    Bicycle – Start Position

    Bicycle – Start Position

    Bicycle – Position 1

    Bicycle – Position 1

    Bicycle – Start Position

    Bicycle – Start Position

    Bicycle – Position 2

    Bicycle – Position 2

    Learn how to do The Bicycle abdominal exercise, one of the best floor exercises you can do at home.

  3. Side Crunch

    Target Muscle: Internal and External Obliques.

    Side Crunch – Start Position

    Side Crunch – Start Position

    Side Crunch – Finish Position

    Side Crunch – Finish Position

    See how to execute the Side Crunch abdominal exercise on the floor at home.

  4. The Hundred

    Target Muscle: Rectus Abdominus and Transversus Abdominus.

    The Hundred – Start Position

    The Hundred – Start Position

    The Hundred – Position 2

    The Hundred – Position 2

    Read how The Hundred is performed to tone your ‘six pack’ and core at the same time; one of the best abdominal exercises you can do at home.

  5. The Bird Dog

    Target Muscle: Transversus Abdominus.

    The Bird Dog – Start Position

    The Bird Dog – Start Position

    The Bird Dog – Position 1

    The Bird Dog – Position 1

    The Bird Dog – Start Position

    The Bird Dog – Start Position

    The Bird Dog – Position 2

    The Bird Dog – Position 2

    Read how to do The Bird Dog abdominal exercise for a stronger ‘core’.

Disclaimer & Warning

These exercises are a guide to help with understanding the different components of the abdominal muscles and also how to target the different muscles through specific exercises.

If an exercise causes distress or discomfort, stop immediately and seek the advice of your health professional. If you have a current injury or health concern, consult with your doctor before commencing any new exercise.
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As Editor in Chief of 'Health & Wellbeing Australia', Lucinda brings over 20 years experience in the Health Industry, with 14 years as a practicing, registered Physiotherapist; specializing in pelvic floor and erectile dysfunction issues, to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle.

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