Ab Blaster Exercises

Ab Blaster workout routines target the abdominal muscles and improve core strength. Whether you want ripped, six-pack abs or just a firmer, tighter stomach, Ab Blaster exercises deliver results, as they tax the muscles well beyond the traditional situp. Ab Blaster routines may include a wide variety of exercises, with each movement designed to target different stomach muscles for shaping and strengthening.

Ab Blaster Situp

Situps form the basis of most abdominal workouts. An Ab Blaster situp simply focuses on technique for greater exercise efficiency. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet planted on the floor about shoulder-width apart. Place your hands behind your head to support your neck. Draw your ribs in and towards your pelvis to sit up, only lifting your upper body until the abs flex. Slowly lower your upper body and repeat. Try to keep the abs tight throughout while imagining your navel being pulled to the floor.

The Plank

Lie on your stomach and lift yourself up so you’re on your elbows and forearms with only your toes touching the floor as in a customary pushup position. Keep your elbows anchored shoulder-width apart, but keep your forearms either pointed straight ahead or pointed towards each other to form a triangle. Hold the position with your body suspended in the air supported only on your forearms and toes. Focus on your abs, pulling your navel in towards the spine and keeping your back straight. Hold the position for at least 30 seconds. While it may seem simple, the plank is a serious ab workout.

Side Plank

After completing the standard plank, rotate onto one elbow so the opposite shoulder is pointed toward the ceiling. While maintaining a straight body line, raise your free arm and extend it to the ceiling. Hold the position for at least 10 seconds. Again, focus on pulling the navel in toward the spine and maintaining proper technique. Once complete, rotate down onto the other elbow and repeat the same stretch. The side plank really emphasizes the oblique muscles, which run along the outer edge of your abs.

Leg Twist

Lie on your back with your arms straight out by your sides and your shoulders pressed flat to the floor. Lift your legs in the air and bend your knees. Slowly lower your knees to the left, keeping your shoulders firmly anchored to the ground throughout the twisting motion. Only lower your knees until you feel the abs flex. Rotate your knees back up and down to the right, only going low enough to flex the abs. Do 10 reps to each side. The twisting motion affects the oblique muscles, thereby helping build definition and enhanced core strength.