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8 of the best ever abs tips

Always wondered how to sculpt the perfect pair of abs? You’re not alone. Recent research has shown that a sizzling six-pack is top of most men’s wishlist. The only problem is that they are rather tricky to uncover. But, if you know what to do, it’s a heck of a lot easier.

These 8 essential tips will help you craft that six-pack you’ve always wanted.

1. Diet

To display a good set of abs you can’t have more than 15% body fat. However, it does depend on your physique and what level of definition you’re after.

2. Decline crunches

Look to do three sets of 20 reps, with a final set of 15 using a plate between 15 and 20kg. The declined position forces you into working your lower muscle groups, whereas a flat crunch isn’t quite as effective.

3. Cable crunches

If you suffer from back pain, this is a great move. It really isolates your abdominal muscles so you won’t strain your back. Do three sets of 20, adding to the weight each time, and do a final set of 15 at the first weight you used.

4. Cardio

Drop your body fat and your abs will shine through. Sessions on the treadmill and bike are great all-rounders. Alternatively, 20 minutes on the punch bag is a brilliant core working exercise.

5. Oblique crunches

Good for overall definition and giving the look of an even larger six-pack. Lying on your back with your legs resting on a Swiss ball gives extra focus. Do four sets in total, 15 reps for the first two and 12 for the next, alternating left and right on each set.

6. Traditional sit-ups

Do ‘em at home or at the gym. To maintain form, tuck your feet under the couch with your knees bent by the side of your head. Do three sets of 20 first thing in the morning before breakfast.

7. Curls

Doing exercises that don’t focus directly on your abs can also help build stronger abs. For example, cable curls or barbell curls – you can focus on your abs while you do these for at least one set and you’ll notice the difference.

8. Calm down

Don’t overtrain your abs – just like any other muscles, they need to time to recover in order to grow, so work another body part.

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