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Six Exercises for Six-Pack Abs

(The Freeman) - January 17, 2016 - 9:00am

CEBU, Philippines - Seeking to shape up this summer for your fall sport? These six stand-up exercises, when combined with good nutrition and adequate sleep, will help tone your abs, build muscle throughout your body, and improve your balance and muscle endurance.

Equipment:

• Moderately heavy homemade weight or dumbbell

• Stopwatch, wristwatch, or nearby clock with a second hand

• Water bottle (for hydrating before, during and after workout)

• Bench or chair

Guidelines:

• Perform all six exercises in six minutes. (Do six supersets. Perform just one set per exercise without resting between exercises.)

• Perform six repetitions per exercise.

• Rest 60 to 90 seconds after completing all six exercises to hydrate, then repeat the six-minute cycle.

• Start with an upper- and lower-body warm-up. Finish with cool-down upper- and lower-body static stretches for flexibility

Single-Leg Squats

Hold dumbbell or homemade weight overhead and perform Single Leg Squat six times, then switch legs. This promotes balance and strengthens core muscles (abdomen, lower and middle back); quadriceps; hips; hamstrings; and shoulder and arm muscles.

Side Lunges and Press Outs

Lunge laterally right and simultaneously explosively press weight ball or dumbbell away from your chest. Continue lunging/chest presses five more times, then do six left Lateral Lunges/Press-Outs. Muscles worked: chest, triceps, quadriceps, hamstrings, hips, and core muscles, including upper and lower abdominal and oblique muscles.

Dumbbell Cross Rows

Assume the athletic position with dumbbell in right hand. Bend knees and slowly lower dumbbell across your body toward your left ankle, pause one second, and quickly pull dumbbell up toward waist. Repeat five times, then switch dumbbell to left hand for six rows toward right ankle. Builds lower, middle and upper back muscles; biceps; and abdominal muscles.

Step-Ups and Press-Ups

Place right foot atop bench or chair holding dumbbell or ball at chest level. Explosively push off with right foot and lift left leg high off ground while simultaneously pressing weight/dumbbell overhead. Repeat five times, then switch to left foot Step-Ups. Excellent lower- and upper-body muscle endurance builder.

Farmer's Walk

Hold dumbbell in right hand and walk forward six steps, then switch hands and walk backward six steps. Promotes core stability by forcing the side without the dumbbell to work harder.

Ball or Dumbbell Woodchops and Twists

Assume athletic stance while holding weight ball or dumbbell overhead. Quickly drive ball/dumbbell through legs while bending knees and extending hips. Stand up and bring dumbbell/ball to chest level, rotate side to side and repeat sequence five more times. Muscles worked: core, shoulders, arms, chest, upper, middle and lower back, obliques, hips, quadriceps, hamstrings.

(menshealth.com)

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