New Abs Exercises: Get a Six-Pack

9 Cutting-Edge Abs Exercises

These supercharged moves will help you define your six-pack without a single crunch

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Better Ways to Amazing Abs

There are a number of reasons that crunches are unproductive, but we’re going to focus on six: the number of muscles you hope will emerge on your abdomen as a result of time spent grunting on the ground. Crunches primarily target your rectus abdominis, leaving the rest of your core—your transverse abdominis, back extensors, hip flexors, and obliques—largely unchallenged and ignored. The following moves from The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises focus on spinal stabilization to work your entire middle region. This is essential for lower-back health and peak performance in any sport, in addition to maximizing the abdominal muscles that are most visible on—you guessed it—your six-pack.

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