Abs are made in the kitchen. This may seem like a bit of a cliché, but it really is true. Unless you are eating a healthy and balanced diet with fewer calories than you’re taking in, then revealing your hard-earned abs will prove extremely difficult. Cleaning up your diet should be the first port of call when you’re looking to develop a six-pack.
Nevertheless, you still need to work your abs muscles. The bigger they are, the more impressive your six-pack will be when you burn off all the belly fat – and not only that, but it also helps develop a strong core which is the basis of functional strength. The improvements in balance and mobility gained from direct core work will boost your performance in other exercises and everyday movements.
Where most core-specific exercises fail is by involving predominantly the inward contraction of the upper abdominal region. Directly engaging the lower abs is equally important. Some find the time to include both upper and lower abs isolation exercises in their training routine, but if you’re strapped for time or looking for a move that targets both areas effectively, then look no further than the V-sit. Here’s how to perform it.
How To Do A V-Sit
Lie on a gym mat (for comfort) with your arms on the floor adjacent to your body, your legs straight and your feet slightly raised off the floor. Keeping your back straight throughout, sit up in a controlled motion, bringing your lower back off the mat and your knees in to your chest. Keep your glutes engaged at all times so you can balance on them at the top of the movement.
Once you’ve mastered the movements, progress by holding a kettlebell, a weight plate or a medicine ball.