From building core strength, to helping you get those six pack abs, you are going to find that upper abs exercises are going to be important. Just keep in mind that these exercises are going to need to be done over time to get the toned and defined look that you are looking for and that no abs exercise is going to give you overnight results.
Using The Top 5 Upper Abs Exercises for Improved Results
I’m guessing that this is perhaps one of the better known upper abs exercises (duh). This is a simple enough exercise that all fitness levels will be able to do it. More importantly, it can be done in your home without the need to purchase expensive exercise equipment.
Begin by lying on your back, with your eyes looking at the ceiling above you. Next, begin to bend your knees slightly and take your hands, where you will place them behind your ears. Slowly pull your upper body towards your knees in an even and controlled manner and then hold it for a few seconds, before releasing and lowering back down to where you almost touch the ground.
Toe Touch Crunch
Another choice you will have for upper abs exercises will be the toe touch. This is usually best left to those who have a moderate level of fitness and experience. Although, anyone could do it, just make sure you have someone spotting you if it is your first time.
For this, you will lift your knees in the air, while you are doing a crunch. Your arms this time will be straight above your head and you try to raise your shoulders as high as you can off the ground and begin to reach for your toes. Hold it for a few seconds when you are as far as you can reach and then gently lower your body. Controlled movements that are slow will be important. That will help you to avoid injury when doing this.
In and Out
This is a variation of the reverse crunch and it definitely gets a mean burn. You are going to sit on the the swell of you butt, keeping your feet off the ground crunch your knees to your chest. You will slightly lean back your torso while your extending your legs and come back towards your knees as your crunch them.
Good Morning On A Roman Chair
This is also known as a hyper back extension and these are great for your overall core strength as well as the aesthetic appearance of your abs. You can do these with or without weights, as it’s really up to you. Check out the technique in the video below.
Hanging Knee Raise
I’d consider the hanging knee raise to be an intermediate exercise that greatly targets the upper abs. Hang from any bar, keeping your legs slightly bent. Without using momentum, crunch the abs and bring the knees to the chest.
You’ll want to avoid swinging and keep the abs tight throughout the entire movement. To increase the difficultly, keep the legs straight and raise them until they are just passed parallel with the ground.
Keep in mind that when you are doing these upper abs exercises, the more you stick to doing them, the better the results you will have. Make sure you combine them with a healthy diet and active lifestyle, so that your stomach can reduce any fat deposits it may have. That will ensure that your defined abs do shine through and you can proudly sport that six pack that you have worked hard to achieve.
David “Upper Abs Exercises” Aston
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