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A chiseled six-pack has been in trend for a long time. Even the sculptures of Greek gods have a six-pack, it’s literally this old. With time, people got a little too fond of bacon and french fries and the desk jobs followed.
Nothing could be worse for the human body than sitting down on a chair for the whole day. Our bodies were designed to move around, hunt and gather food. In today’s time, we only use it to sit on our asses for entire days and take a long walk every once in a while to the fridge.
No wonder, a ripped midsection is such a sight to see. It’s funny how people look at shredded guys and wonder how they did it. The answer is simple, they just did what all of us are supposed to do – move.
It’s actually not that hard to do. You need to be moving your body every single day and eating the right food. Being on a tight schedule doesn’t count. If you want a ripped midriff, you just need to take six minutes out of your day and do this workout.
We have put together a small workout which doesn’t require any machines or equipment, so you can do it in the comfort of your home or even your bed. Make sure you are taking a healthy diet every day along with this workout. It takes around the same time to cook a healthy meal or something unhealthy.
We’re assuming you’re smart enough to make the right choice. Just do these six exercises for six minutes in total, one exercise a minute and you’ll see the results. Get a floor mat and get going with this workout program.
1. Reverse Crunches
Your lower belly fat can be one of the most stubborn to lose. Doing normal crunches won’t cut it. Reverse crunches are a great variation which primarily targets your lower abs. You’ll feel the burn in your lower abs at the end of this exercise.
Lie down on your back with your legs stretched out. Lift your legs from the floor, tuck them in and lift them to your chest. Your butt should be off the ground at the top of the moment. Breathe out and return to the starting position.
Planks are indispensable when it comes to building a strong core and rock solid abs. This exercise will, if done correctly, help you tighten your abdominal muscles. Planks also make you stronger in all other exercises.
You can do different variations of this exercise like the side planks or the superman planks. Get into the planking position and hold it for a minute. Make sure you are not slouching your back or forming a bridge. Maintain a strict form to work your core optimally.
3. Side Crunches
Many people focus solely on their abs. They completely forget about working on their obliques. Your midsection can’t be deemed complete without carved obliques. These are what separate the men from the boys. Do 30 seconds on each side.
Lie on your right side and fold your legs so they are perpendicular to your upper body. Place your left hand on your head and do a crunch. Go as far as you can without using momentum. Pause at the top and squeeze your sides. Return to the starting position and repeat for the other side.
4. Elbow To Knee Crunch
Elbow to knee crunches will work your abs as well as your obliques. It will help pop out the sides of your six-pack. Make sure you have a full range of motion while doing this exercise. Don’t bring your knees close to your body to make it easy. Keep them at one position throughout the exercise.
Move your upper body as far as you can to touch your knees. Touch your right knee with your left elbow for reps until 30 seconds are up and then move onto the other side. Squeeze and contract your abdominal muscles at the top of the movement.
5. Mountain Climbers
Mountain climber is an incredibly effective exercise to work your lower abs. If you like doing the hanging leg raises but don’t have the bar for it at your place, this exercise is the best fit for you. It will also work your core since you will be in the planking position throughout the exercise.
Get in a planking position with your elbows locked out. Tuck your knees in and try touching your abs with them. You can also do a cross body variation of this exercise. In this variation touch the right side of your abs with left knee and the left side with the right knee.
6. Russian Twists
This is one of the hardest abs exercises. This also means Russian twists will work your abs like only a few other exercises can. Keep your feet in the air while doing this exercise to put more tension on your abdominal muscles.
Sit at an 80-degree angle with your feet parallel to the ground. This will target your entire midsection while focusing on your lower abs. Lock out your elbows and extend your arms in front of you, twist to your right side and squeeze your abs. Return to the starting position and repeat for the left side.