Quick, Effective Fat Burning Ab Workout
Article by Rick Johnson
Finding an ab workout is about as difficult as finding hay in a haystack, but you can also end up spending a lot of money and time with a variety of ab workouts before you find the right one.
The best ab workouts and ab exercises are ones that involve full body movement and burn tons of calories during AND after exercise. It is also important to note that ab workouts do not need a gym, they can be done anywhere. With that in mind here is a three “non-abs” exercise workout that builds rock hard abs and core, but also create a much better fat-burning workout than a typical ab workout.Here goes:
1a. Renegade Dumbbell Rows1b. Front Squats with Barbell1c. Mountain Climbers on Floor
A good rep scheme to use with this could be 3-4 sets of 8 reps for each exercise, or less reps and more sets, such as 5 sets of 5 reps of each exercise. Mountain climbers can be done for a time interval (such as 20 seconds) instead of “reps”.
Exercise Descriptions: Renegade dumbbell rows are done starting in a pushup position with the hands on 2 dumbbells. You then pull one dumbbell up in a rowing motion while stabilizing your body with the other arm. Bring the dumbbell back to the ground and alternate the rowing motion while stabilizing with the opposite arm. This stabilizing effect during the rows creates incredible work for your entire midsection core area. You don’t heavy weights for this. Start with 10 lbs on each arm and then increase as needed. Trust me… you’ll feel it in the abs!Front squats are done similar to back squats, however with the barbell in front of your body on the front of your shoulders instead of resting on the upper back as in back squats. You balance the barbell on your shoulders by crossing your arms and pushing your fists into the bar against your shoulders while keeping your elbows out in front of the body. This takes a little practice at first, so you will want to seek a professional trainer at your gym to help you with the form. Front squats require extreme stabilization strength from the abs due to the barbell weight being shifted to the front of the body instead of the back. In addition start with a very light weight and practice your form so you so you learn to lift with your legs and abs rather than your lower back. Even though this is mostly a leg exercise, you’ll feel this one in the abs big time!
Mountain climbers are done by starting in a pushup position and then moving your feet in and out so that your knees are pumping in under your chest and then back out to starting position. It is similar to climbing a mountain but flat on the floor. If you want an tougher version, you can also shuffle your hands 8-10 inches forward and backward in addition to the leg movements. This really makes it a full body exercise and MUCH more difficult than standard mountain climbers.
After finishing each exercise, rest about 30 seconds before starting the next exercise. Rest about 1-2 minutes after completing each “tri-set” before repeating.
This will give you one of the best ab workouts you’ve ever had without even doing any direct ab exercises. You’ll see what I mean after you try it!
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About the Author
Rick Johnson has been working in the health and nutrition field for over a decade. He is continually evaluating and exploring exercise and health routines for their safety and effectiveness.