The 6 Best Ab Exercises You Probably Aren't Doing

I have been getting a ton of feedback after my video showing everyone how your abs and core REALLY work. Everyone wants to know, if I don’t like crunches and sit-ups, what do I use to train clients?
So here you go! The top 6 ab/core exercises that I am using day in and day out with my clients!

If you prefer reading then here they are as a list:

  1. Ab-roll outs
  2. Farmer’s walks
  3. Landmine press
  4. Stir the Pot
  5. Reverse woodchops
  6. Pallof holds

For descriptions of each and to see how they are done – check out the video!
Some of you will be asking, ‘but I don’t feel my abs burning during these exercises?’ No, for most of them you probably won’t.
I do not believe in any ab isolation exercises. Check the abs on my two staff in the video – guess what? They do not use any ab isolation exercises!
Seeing your abs is all about getting your body fat down, which is mostly mediated by your diet! Not by what stomach exercises you throw into a program. In fact, most ab specific exercises are REALLY terrible calorie burners. And frankly, when you want to see your abs you want to be crushing calories and revving up your metabolism!
These exercises challenge your abs and core in positions and motions that those muscles are meant to be working in.
Remember, your spine wasn’t meant to be crunched repeatedly and your ab muscles weren’t meant to do that crunching! Your core musculature is meant to keep your spine erect and supported. So you should be training them that way!
And to add a little extra to the list – my 3 top exercises of all time for a strong core? Squats, deadlifts, and step-ups! All with as much load as you can safely manage!
If you didn’t catch my video explaining how your abs and core actually work – check out my YouTube channel!
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-Coach Taylor
Questions or comments? Feel free to drop me a line or comment below!

  1. Melanie says:

    Thanks for this!

  2. Tomas Bishop says:

    Are these exercises going to give me a 6 pack?

    • Taylor says:

      No. A healthy and well constructed diet and nutrition program will give you a six pack when combined with some high intensity interval training.

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