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8 Overlooked Ab Exercises

In your pursuit of the coveted six-pack abs, don't forget about these routinely overlooked ab exercises.

Method 4 – Lift Big

As I mentioned earlier, neglecting large, compound movements will, as a by-product, neglect the core. Being confined to a seat or a bench will not challenge the abdominals to pull their own weight. Knowing this, it would be a smart move to ditch the machines and let the large, barbell movements regain their place as pinnacle in your strength training program.

Overlooked Exercises 4, 5, 6, 7, 8: Squat, Deadlift, Overhead Squat, Pull Ups and Standing Press

All of these exercises have some things in common. Firstly, they’re all vertical movements – they involve movement from down low to up high, or vice versa. This means the abs and back have to work hard to deal with stabilizing the spine. Second, these exercises will result in really poor performances if your core isn’t strong as a bull. Do them, and they’ll do wonders for getting your strength up.

Never Forget: It's About Diet

If you’re looking for the cosmetic appeal, you can do all the core strength and isolation training in the world – it won’t affect what your stomach looks like. That’s where your diet comes into play. Eat clean meals that are high in protein, and low in carbs. Keep sugars to a minimum and avoid sweet drinks. Controlling these factors will get rid of the bloat and lower the presence of a “spare tire”. Soon your 6 pack will look as good as it feels. Use all these tricks of the trade to revamp your core training starting today.

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