Best Abs Exercise - Our Ab Exercise Round-Up [Top 5]

Updated: Sep 23

Best Abs Exercise:


In our opinion, the single best abs exercise, if we had to pick one, would be the reverse crunch with leg lower.


However, one exercise alone is not the best choice, below we have compiled a list of our top 5 best abs exercises.


The best abs exercise for sculpted abs

Top 5 Best Abs Exercises:


  1. Reverse Crunch w/ Leg Lower

  2. Side Plank

  3. Deadbug

  4. Heel Taps

  5. Plank


If you really want to get your strongest, best six-pack abs you need to choose exercises that target all of the muscles of the core, in different ways.


That's why we have chosen the exercises listed above.


They target the various different core muscles, including upper core, lower core, obliques, lower back and hip muscles.


These exercises also work to build muscle, strength and endurance via different mechanisms, such as:


  • Metabolic fatigue

  • Eccentric contraction

  • Isometric contraction


There is a wide variety of exercises you can do for the abs, however, there are some that are better than others for certain parts of the abdominal muscles, such as the upper or lower abs or core abdominals.


We will first go into more detail about our top 5 best abs exercises.

1) Reverse Crunch With Leg Lower


Read Full Guide: How To Do Reverse Crunch [Guide w/ Video]


The reverse crunch with leg lower is a more advanced variation of the standard reverse crunch.


The reverse crunch mainly targets the following muscles:


  • Rectus Abdominis (core abdominal muscles)

  • Obliques (side abdominal muscles)

  • Quadriceps (front leg muscles)


If you can master this abs exercise then you have an effective way to target most of the abdominal muscles.


How To Do The Reverse Crunch w/ Leg Lower?


  1. Lie on your back face up with your legs straight up in the air, put your arms flat at your sides so body forms an “L” looking shape.

  2. Engage your abs to lift your hips straight up, then slowly lower them back down in a controlled manner.

  3. While keeping your legs straight, lower your legs until they're just a few inches off the ground.

  4. Bring your legs back up to their starting position.

  5. Repeat for your desired amount of reps.

2) Side Plank


Read Full Guide: How To Do Side Plank Abs Exercise [Guide w/ Video]


The side plank exercise is a staple in many workouts, including our 6-Day 6-Pack workout.


It is an all-round great exercise, however, it especially targets the obliques (the side core muscles).


The side plank mainly targets these muscles:


  • Rectus Abdominis (core abdominal muscles)

  • Obliques (side abdominal muscles)

  • Glutes (main buttocks muscles)

If you manage to learn the side plank and include it in your workouts, you'll be well on your way to getting that six-pack you want.


How To Do The Side Plank?


  1. To begin, place your right hand onto the floor. Keep your arm straight as you push up into the side plank.

  2. You can either stack both of your feet on top of each other or place both of your feet on the floor in a staggered stance.

  3. Push up into the side plank position. Lift through the side of your body as you continue to hold this position, try to stay as still as possible.

  4. Engage all of your core muscles and squeeze your obliques.

  5. Hold this position until you can’t hold it any longer.

  6. These instructions are for the moderate-hard version - if you can't do this one, regress into an easier variation listed below.

3) Deadbug

Read Full Guide: How To Do Deadbug Abs Exercise [Guide w/ Video]


The deadbug is another popular but useful exercise in many core workouts, including in our programs.


It's another great overall core exercise, capable of building strength and muscle development of the abdominals.


This is why it's included in this list of our best abs exercises.


Mainly targeted muscles:


  • Rectus Abdominis (core abdominal muscles)

  • Obliques (side abdominal muscles)


Once again, adding the deadbug to your workout can significantly improve its effectiveness.

How To Do The Deadbug?


  1. Lie on soft flooring and keep your lower back and hips pressed to the floor.

  2. Keep your shoulders down and towards the floor.

  3. To get into your starting position, lift up your hands so your elbows are above your shoulders with your hands facing in toward each other.

  4. Then lift up your legs so your knees are directly above your hips.

  5. Exhale - slowly lower your right arm and left leg until they’re floating just above the floor.

  6. Inhale - bring your arms and legs back to their starting position.

  7. Hold this position for a set amount of time, usually between 0-10 seconds depending on your preference and workout.

  8. Repeat this process on the opposite side - your left arm and right leg.

  9. Once finished this would be 1 rep.

4) Heel Taps


Read Full Guide: coming soon...


Heel-taps are a great abs exercise for building up endurance and speed in your abdominal muscles.


They're especially good for targeting the obliques.


The main targeted muscles are as follows:


  • Rectus Abdominis (core abdominal muscles)

  • Obliques (side abdominal muscles)


If you add heel taps into your workout, you can start improving your endurance and speed.


How To Do Heel Taps?


  1. Begin by lying on your back with your heels near your glutes.

  2. Then lift your shoulders off of the floor and reach down to touch your right heel with your right hand.

  3. Repeat this by touching your left heel with your left hand.

  4. That's one rep.

  5. Repeat for as many reps as you want.

5) The Plank


Read Full Guide: How To Do The Plank Abs Exercise [Guide w/ Video]


The plank is another overall strength, endurance and muscle building abs exercise.


The reason it's included in our list of best abs exercises is that it has a different mechanism of muscle growth than the others.


The plank is an isometric exercise, meaning you are not moving while your muscles are working - this causes a different mechanism of growth.


The main muscles targeted are:


  • Rectus Abdominis (core abdominal muscles)

  • Obliques (side abdominal muscles)

  • Glutes (main buttocks muscles)


Adding the plank exercise to your workout is sure to enhance it.

How To Do The Plank Exercise?


  1. To begin, get into the plank position, face down with your forearms and toes on the floor.

  2. If you're doing the standard plank, your elbows should directly under your shoulders and your forearms facing forward. Your head relaxed, looking at the floor.

  3. Engage your abdominal muscles. Keep your body locked in a straight line and rigid.

  4. Hold this position for your desired amount of time.

  5. When you're done, gently lower to the floor.

Best Lower Ab Exercises [Top 3]


  1. V-Ups

  2. Reverse Crunch w/ Leg Lowers

  3. Plank


So, what are the "lower" abs?


The lower abs are the bottom set of abs, underneath the six-pack.


They're responsible for helping pull the upper body and lower body together.


They're also responsible for a lot of stability work, such as in the plank and side plank for example.


The orange arrows are pointing out the lower abs

You can see how to do the top 3 lower ab exercises by clicking on the exercises on the list.

Best Upper Ab Exercises [Top 3]


  1. Heel Taps

  2. Deadbug

  3. Plank


What are the "upper" abs?


The upper abs are the top set of abs, within the six-pack.


Their job is similar to the lower abs in which they're responsible for helping pull the upper body and lower body together.


Like the lower abs, they are also responsible for a lot of stability work, such as in the plank and side plank for example.


The orange arrows are pointing out the upper abs

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