We recently did a survey and asked what the number one body part people wanted to focus on was.
By far, people said their stomach. The abs. Belly. Gut.
They used different names, but they meant the same thing 🙂
As much as I don’t really like working my abs, I would probably answer in a similar way.
Because I know that when I have a strong midsection:
- It helps me lift heavier kettlebells
- It helps me do more and better bodyweight exercises like pull ups and push ups
- I add weight to my bench, deadlift, squat, and overhead press
- I can run faster and longer
- It improves my posture
- It makes me look slimmer because I have the endurance to stand tall and keep my abs activated for a longer period of time
The list goes on…
…but bottom line, almost EVERYONE wants stronger and better abs.
So what’s the best way to make it happen?
First, kettlebell and bodyweight workouts – correctly designed – are a great start. You use full-body, functional movements that engage your core, without even having to work your stomach directly.
Second, if you really want to focus in on the gut, you can do a few minutes of direct ab work every day. Use a series of routines like the ones HERE, in the “Ab Torture Method” course I’ve been talking about for the last couple of days. It takes just a few minutes, and it goes a long way if you want to specifically work on and improve your midsection.
Check out this sample workout from the Ab Torture Method:
250-Rep “Ab Torture” Challenge
- Side bridge 30 reps with 10 second hold
- Ab wheel 75 reps
- Weighted leg raises 100 reps
- Plank on ball with feet elevated 2 X failure
- Weighted v-ups 75 reps
*If you don’t know exactly what each of these exercises are, or how to do them, there are full video descriptions in the full program, here:
And also, you will learn how to sub some / all of the moves for an acceptable alternative, if they require equipment and you don’t have it available.
Finally, you’ll need to focus on your nutrition. If you have strong abs, but you have a layer of fat over the top, you won’t be able to see them. So get your diet right, and those midsection muscles will be showing themselves in no time.
There you have it. If you want better abs – which most everyone does! – 1) do functional fitness workouts with kettlebells and bodyweight 2) do direct ab work, and 3) focus on your nutrition.
Here’s to your continued success!
PS – If you liked today’s sample workout, get dozens more like it in the full Ab Torture Method plan here: