28
Nov

Almost everyone, especially men, are starving and striving for the best of abs-flat and tight. Blame it on the Hollywood hunks-the toughies and the Greek warriors or blame it on the ones who are dead because they couldn’t keep up with their health; it is happening and is in fact, kind of like the “In” thing. It’s good that you too don’t want to stay behind because, let’s just state the obvious-the six pack stomach, on any given day, is better than a zero pack stomach. But, besides looking stunning, strong abdominal muscles also improve body posture and endurance and lessen the risk of lower back injury and hernia. Sounds damn good, isn’t it? To help you with the cause, there is a bunch of best and easy to do exercises that will help you gain on all of the above, provided you stick to the task, motivated and disciplined throughout. Read on to know more. 

Best Abdominal Exercises for Men 

Hip & Leg Raise
Assume Position - Keeping your back flat on the bench, lie down with your body and legs forming a straight line. Hold the bench behind your head for a tighter grip.
Go - Lift your hips slightly off the bench, with your legs up and perpendicular to the bench. Hold the position for 3 seconds and then come back to the starting position. Repeat 8-10 times. The exercise brings lower ab muscles into play, making them stronger. 

Reaching Crunch on Ball
Assume Position - Carefully sit on a Swiss ball with your feet shoulder-width apart on the floor. Now slowly lean back and bring your back in a parallel position to the floor.
Go - Now raise your arms straight up and try to reach for the ceiling. Hold the position for about 3 seconds and then slowly lower your back, bringing it to the starting position. Repeat about 8-10 times. The exercise, just like a normal crunch, puts just enough pressure on your abdominal muscles to make them stronger over the period of time. 

Jackknife
Assume Position - Take a comfortable mat and spread it on the floor. Now lie down on the mat on your back, with your arms and legs forming a straight line.
Go - Now raise your hands and legs up, simultaneously, and try to touch your toes with your fingertips. Hold the position for about 3 seconds and slowly fall back to the starting position. Repeat 8-10 times. Doing this exercise daily will work up the abdominal muscles to a great shape. 

Elbow Pushups
Assume Position - With bent elbows and your weight falling upon your forearms and toes, assume a pushup position with your body forming a straight line.
Go - Now as you would do in a normal pushup; raise your back up and hold the position for a few seconds before coming back to the starting position. Inhale while you are in the starting position and exhale while raising your back. Repeat a few times over and slowly increase the intensity when it starts to get easy. It’s a great workout for your abdominal muscles. 

Remember that repetition and discipline is the key here. The exercises are as good as your discipline. Workout daily and you will definitely be amazed at the results, evident through tightly packed abdominal muscles.