Lean Abs Training

Ultimate Ab Workout: The Death Of Situps

Are you ready for the ultimate ab workout routine?  When I was a little kid I dreamed of having muscles as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger and I remember trying to do as many situps as I could to try and get there.  The number wasn’t very impressive and I was still skinny as a rail but somewhere along the way I was imprinted with the notion situps were the only way to build a lean set of abs.

Since I just did a motivational post on how to successfully lose weight I also wanted to show you some awesome new moves you can use to lose the belly fat.  I also like to use this ultimate abs workout with my gladiator workout.

Nowadays I think that’s pretty darn ludicrous to try and do thousands of situps a day to build a strong core and thus lean abs.  Whether you’re looking to flatten your stomach or get a set of ripped 6 pack abs it’s going to be necessary to throw all that old school Schwarzenegger bodybuilder stuff out the window.

I’m not going to go right out there by saying it’ll hurt your back if you situps because that would be way too bold.  There are numerous factors that will put your back into a compromising situation such as lack of flexibility, poor posture, constant sitting, weak core muscles and tight hips.  Doing situps would just be the straw that broke the camels back.

With that being said there are going to be many better ways to train your abs than just doing situps until the cows come home.  Training the deeper core muscles instead of just constantly working the sexy rectus abdominis over and over again until the end of time.

In this ultimate abs workout that I developed we’re going to go deeper than just doing a bench of crunches by training the core in many different planes of motion using unconventional exercises.  I won’t be surprised if some of these core exercises wouldn’t even look as if they would train your abs but trust me when I say these are some of the best ab exercises out there.

I wouldn’t recommend doing this ultimate ab workout routine more than 2-3 times per week and I usually would do this on days that I don’t lift weight but on days following my High Intensity Interval Training workouts.

Be sure to watch the video below for demonstrations and descriptions of all the core exercises.  I do use some equipment in this workout such as the Bosu, Valslides and the Swiss Ball.

The Ultimate Ab Workout

Perform each exercise for 40 seconds with 10 seconds of rest in between.  After you complete the entire circuit, rest for 50 seconds and then repeat 1-2 more times.  I usually just set my Gymboss Interval Timer and it’ll automatically keep track of the intervals for me.

  1. Swiss Ball Hover Planks

    I wouldn't follow this guys ab workout...

  2. Bosu Crunches
  3. Valslide Rollouts
  4. Bosu Opposite Elbow to Knee Crunch
  5. Long Arm Side Planks
  6. Dumbbell Corkscrews
  7. Swiss Ball Knee Tucks > Pike > Reverse Rollouts
  8. Swiss Ball Hip Bridge > Leg Curls
  9. Dumbbell Core Rows
  10. Valslide Reverse Lunge

P.S. If you’re looking for a great diet to go along with the Ultimate Ab Workout I suggest taking a look at the 7 Day Belly Blast Diet.

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11 Comments


  1. Richard

    March 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Can I use a Ab wheel instead of the Valslides?

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      March 30, 2011 at 8:50 am

      @Richard The ab wheel would work for the rollouts & for the reverse lunges I would just take a step back.

      Reply

  2. Jonathan Walker

    March 30, 2011 at 8:47 am

    This ab workout looks awesome Josh! Thanks for doing this and keep up the good work!

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      March 30, 2011 at 8:50 am

      Thanks Jonathan!

      Reply

  3. Elisabeth Simms

    March 30, 2011 at 8:49 am

    One question Josh, how many times a week would be too much for this abs workout?

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    • Josh Schlottman

      March 30, 2011 at 8:51 am

      @Elisabeth I wouldn’t do this workout more than 3 times a week, let me know how it goes!

      Reply

  4. Krystal

    March 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Hey Josh!
    This is really helpful i’m definatly going to try this next time i’m at the gym. I’m really trying to loose this lower belly fat it’s the hardest thing for me to get rid of! any other suggestions??

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      April 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Keep it up Krystal! The lower belly fat is really the hardest to get rid of. I would recommend to keep your diet going strong because that’s going to be the determining factor. Here’s a post I did specifically on how to get rid of lower belly fat

      Reply

  5. krystal m

    March 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Hey Josh!
    Great demo I’m def going to be following this video next time I’m at the gym lol. What I’m really trying to work on is my sides anf this lower stubborn belly fat any suggestions?? 🙂

    Reply

    • Josh Schlottman

      April 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Hey Krystal, one of my old school but very popular workout videos was on the love handles specifically. Go here for my Lose the Love Handles Workout

      Reply

  6. Bonj

    April 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Hey Josh!

    You forgot one of our fave ab exercises: The TRX atomic pushup/mountain climber combo! 😀

    Reply

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