The Most Effective Ab Exercise

Want to know the most effective ab exercises? The American Council on Exercise found out just which exercises target the abs in the most effective way in an ACE-commissioned study.  This is the Agency I’m certified through.  It’s the best one that Brentwood, MO personal trainers and Corrective Exercise Specialists recommend.

  It’s important to remember that, while ab exercises won’t get rid of fat from the belly, a strong core is important for keeping your body healthy and protecting your spine, which is what your goal is in a Corrective Exercise program to stay pain free.

The most effective ab exercises start with the bicycle, which is the best move for targeting the rectus abdominis (i.e., the ‘six pack’) and the obliques (the waist), according to the study.

Most Effective Ab Exercise: Bicycle

1.Lie face up on your mat and place your hands behind your head, lightly supporting it with your fingers.
2.Bring the knees in to the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the floor without pulling on the neck.
3.Rotate to the left, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee as you straighten the other leg.
4.Switch sides, bringing the left elbow towards the right knee.
5.Continue alternating sides in a ‘pedaling’ motion for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.

For more information on a strong core, contact Maurie Cofman, AHFS, CES, TBMM-CES, Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist in St. Louis, Brentwood and Clayton, MO.