Last Updated on January 7, 2021
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Shape a six-pack with this selection of old-school, gym-based moves.
Technically, you don’t need any equipment to train abs. Your own body weight and some open floor space are all it should take. But that can get old after a while. Not to mention, there are various pieces of gym equipment that are great for making your abdominals work just a bit harder for new gains in strength, shape, and overall core stability. A few of our favorites: a decline bench, a medicine ball, and a Roman chair. These three in particular have been around since the Arnold, Zane, and Draper days, and for good reason.
The following workout isn’t one you’ll be able to do during commercial breaks of your favorite TV show. Sorry. But we’re pretty sure it will be more effective than a typical living room abdominal session. Perform this four-exercise, circuit- style routine two to three days per week, either on its own, after training larger muscle groups, or before or after a cardio session. Combine it with some HIIT and a clean diet (no equipment required) and your abs will be popping in no time.
Perform the following 4 exercises as a circuit, doing one set of each with as little rest as possible between moves. Rest 1–2 minutes between each circuit.
DECLINE BENCH SITUP
REVERSE CRUNCHYou’ll need: No Equipment
WEIGHTED RUSSIAN TWISTYou’ll need: Swiss Ball, Medicine Ball
HANGING LEG RAISEYou’ll need: Pullup Bar