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    Best Gym Exercises for Abs

    People often search How to get abs and which are the best core exercises to reveal the six pack. They come across various articles present in magazines on "best ab workouts" each citing different exercises. This creates confusion and people tend to try hitting their abs with different forms of exercise for upper, middle and lower abs.

    Research has uncovered that traditional Crunches are best gym exercises for abs as they elicit greater muscle activation than any other form of exercise. Regardless of the exercise, there is actually no difference between upper and lower abs and you can’t selectively train them. When you train upper abs then lower abs are automatically trained with it as it is the single muscle.
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    the scientific article that you cited was a really good read, thanks.
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    Originally Posted by dazlittle View Post
    the scientific article that you cited was a really good read, thanks.
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    True you can never isolate other areas always come into play to help.
    IMO you can direct more stress to an area but not isolate it.
    Try doing a crunch/sit up on a BOSU ball to get even more activation in the abdominals.
    The extra stretch on the abdominal wall provides a fuller contraction than crunches from the floor.
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    Originally Posted by manishyadav1979 View Post
    ... Research has uncovered that traditional Crunches are best gym exercises for abs as they elicit greater muscle activation than any other form of exercise...

    More than the hanging knee/leg raise done correctly with a posterior pelvic tilt? I kinda doubt it.
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    It's important to be able to have strength in stabilizing where your chest meets with your abs. Hip flexor oriented abs exercises don't really incorporate that that much, and even crunches make contracting the main area of the abs easily to the point where you don't need to flex that upper area much. A variety of exercises helps train the core in effective ways that have carry over to other good exercises. Abs are crucial to that and can benefit from different types of tension.
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    Originally Posted by dazlittle View Post
    the scientific article that you cited was a really good read, thanks.
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