The 5 best exercises for developing your abs

The plank

The plank is a very popular exercise and requires no equipment at all.  It is a very simple exercise and is one of my favourite’s, as it is such an easy exercise to complete.

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Plank exercise

  1. Take a prone position on the floor facing downwards.  Support your on your forearms and your toes.  Have your arms bent directly below your shoulder.
  2. You should keep your boy straight at all times and hold the position until muscle fatigue.  You can make this exercise more difficult still by raising one arm or leg.

Spell caster

This is an exercise that works your abs with a lot of dynamism.

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Spell caster

  1. Hold a dumbbell in each hand with a pronated grip. Have your feet hip width, with your knees extended.
  2. Begin the movement by pulling both of the dumbbells to one side next to your hip, rotating your torso.
  3. Keep your arms straight and your dumbbells parallel to the ground, and at the same time rotate your torso to bring the dumbbells to the opposite side of your body .
  4. Rotate and alternate from side to side until you have reached your rep limit.

Sitting cross jabs

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Sitting cross jabs

  1. Begin sat down with your knees bent and feet on the ground. Bring your feet off the ground creating a “V” shape with your body.
  2. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and hold tight to your chest with palms facing each other.
  3. Whilst maintaining your body position,  jab  and then bring the dumbbell back to your starting position.
  4. Your torso and legs may  rotate side to side during the exercise.
  5. Each punch is one repetition.


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Cocoon workout


  1. Start the exercise by lying with your back on the ground. Your legs should be straight and your arms extended behind your head.
  2. Move your knees toward your chest, rotating your pelvis to lift your glutes from the floor. Your spine should be  flexed, whilst bringing your arms back over your head to perform a crunch.
  3. Finish this cycle to complete 1 rep.