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14 Uber Lower Abs Exercises To Flatten Your Belly And Carve Out A Sharp V-Cut

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14 Uber Lower Abs Exercises To Flatten Your Belly And Carve Out A Sharp V-Cut

*Update, 7/12: Looking for exercises to smash the top half of your core? We’ve released The 12 Best Upper Ab Exercises; Miracle-Gro To Annihilate Your Rectus Abdominis & Cultivate A Six-Pack That Pops.

Everyone wants lower abs. And for good reason — they’re the pinnacle of abdominal craftsmanship and the embodiment of physical glamour.

What’s interesting though, is that contrary to what I perceive to be popular belief, the “lower abs” aren’t an actual muscle in-and-of themselves — they’re the lower section of the rectus abdominis (RA, aka the “six-pack muscles”) combined with the lower external obliques (pictured in green below).

Lower abs are the final piece of the abdominal puzzle. They signal the actualization of a six-pack — or maybe even an eight-pack — given that body fat sheds from top-to-bottom. Fat in that area is the last to go, and the absolute first to come back when your diet slips for even a millisecond. If your lower abs are currently a) visible and b) undulating, tight, defined, and well-developed, you’re officially a lean abdominal machine.

And who’s eyes aren’t glued to a deep v-cut and a pancake-flat belly?

Lower Abs, abs anatomy, the lower abs

“Lower abs” aren’t an actual muscle in-and-of themselves — they’re the lower section of the rectus abdominis (aka the “six-pack muscles”) combined with the lower external obliques.

Using a combination of TRX bands, exercise balls, pull-up bars, and good old-fashioned body weight, we’ve devised a list of the 14 most effective lower ab exercises of all time to help tear up the lower portion of the RA and sculpt a deep v-cut. Exercises range in difficulty — gauge your own level of fitness and gradually upgrade as you gain strength.

PLEASE remember: no matter how many 1000′s of reverse crunches, pulse ups, and TRX saw pikes you do, if there’s fat covering your abs you WILL NOT see your lower abs. Lower abs are the product of single-digit body fat AND a strong lower rectus abdominis, obtained through the exercises below. To effectively melt body fat, rely on cardio — HIIT if you’re fit enough to do it — and weight-training.

Ab exercises alone will not effectively burn fat from the abdominal region.


 

 

Lower Ab Exercise 1: Ab Pulse Ups


Ab Pulse Ups

Ab Pulse Ups

 

Difficulty: Moderate

 

How to: 

  • 1. Lie flat on your back on top of a flat bench or on the floor. If you’re on the floor place your hands under your butt; if you’re on a bench place your hands behind your head to produce a deep stretch.
  • 2. Tighten your core, contract your lower abs, and raise your legs until they’re 100% vertical. Your body should form a 90º angle. That’s your starting position.
  • 3. SQUEEZE your butt & lower abs and use your hips to push your legs directly upwards. This is a “pulse.” Don’t bend your legs.
  • 4. Hold at the top for .5 seconds, slowly lower, and allow your butt to briefly touch the bench.
  • 5. Immediately repeat the pulsing motion for a full set.
  • 6. Once you’re able to do 15 reps, perform with a light dumbbell in between your feet. You’ll amp up the weight and shock your abs into new growth.

 

Video:

 

 

 

 

Lower Ab Exercise 2: Reverse Crunches


 

Difficulty: Beginner

 

How to: 

  • 1. Lie flat on your back with your legs in tabletop position. If you’re on a flat bench, hold on behind your head
  • 2. Without moving your upper back forcefully contract your lower abs, lift your butt off the floor, and pull your knees inward toward your head.
  • 3. When your knees reach chest-height, pause for .5 seconds and slowly return to the start.
  • 4. Repeat for 12-20 reps. Once you’re able to do 20 reps, add a light dumbbell in between your feet to increase the difficulty.

 

Video:

 

 

 

 

Lower Ab Exercise 3: Hanging Leg Raises


Hanging Leg Raises

Hanging Leg Raises

 

Difficulty: Advanced

 

How to: 

  • 1. Hang from a pull-up bar with your hands at shoulder-width.
  • 2. While keeping your back straight, contract your lower abs and slowly raise your legs until they’re parallel with the floor. Do not swing, rock, or use momentum.
  • 3. Pause for .5 seconds and return to the bottom.
  • 4. Repeat for 10-20 reps.
  • 5. As your abs get stronger gradually increase the height of your legs. Move from waist height, to chest height, to bar height over time.
  • 6. If hanging leg raises are too difficulty at first, substitute with hanging knee raises. Repeat the same motion, except with your knees bent.

 

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Bryan DiSanto

Owner & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
Bryan DiSanto is the Owner & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, ACE-CPT & CSN, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness/nutrition nutjob.

When he’s not working on his (or somebody else’s) abs, whipping up Eggocados, or running a Tough Mudder, he’s probably off yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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  • cole

    Do you do all 14 of these exercises in one workout??

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      No way – do 2/3 of your choosing as a part of your full abs routine. Every few ab workouts rotate the lower ab exercises with ones you haven’t done.

      • purpledawn

        I need it spelled out, sorry. So, if I combine your upper abs workout and the lower abs workout listed here (right? I need to do both for a complete abs workout?), how many on each list would you do per workout and how many times a week? I totally get the fat-burning part.

  • sophie

    thanks so much for this article! very knowledgeable and concise – will give a few of them ago. thanks again!

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      Pumped you found it useful – let me know which exercises you find most effective for you personally.

  • Jocey

    I weigh 103 and pretty flat on my stomach I would love to get my abs more toned I do have a slight visible one but I would love to get it more noticeable. I do go to the gym but I was wondering what can I do more of to get these results that I want faster? Thanks

    • Kirk C

      Hey Jocey,

      For the most part, Ab development is initiated in the kitchen, and supplemented by proper diet and consuming enough fluids throughout your day.

      Another note about abdominal muscle development, is it is not a muscle that “grows” or “becomes stronger” fast like your shoulders legs or arms. That means consistency of training is crucial.

      Abs ake longer to develop, but you can train them every other day as they recover fast. In other words develop an abdominal workout that has workouts isolating the abdominal muscles (Upper, Lower, Mid, and Obliques). And then include some exercises that then use them all (like a dead lift).

      If you have any questions feel free to email me ([email protected]) and please let me know who you are in the subject line so I know who I am dealing with!

      Good luck!

  • mcgiggles07

    Is this suitable for a complete beginner with a very large frame (very fat)

    • http://www.facebook.com/maria.isabel.31542 Maria Isabel

      “PLEASE remember: no matter how many 1000′s of reverse crunches, pulse
      ups, and TRX saw pikes you do, if there’s fat covering your abs you WILL
      NOT see your lower abs. Lower abs are the product of single-digit body
      fat AND a strong lower rectus abdominis, obtained through the exercises
      below. To effectively melt body fat, rely on cardio — HIIT if you’re fit enough to do it — and weight-training.”

      • BUM 10in30

        Spot on! If you’d like an awesome daily morning workout, check out my “12 minute HIIT” tinyurl.com/cwdgaem watch the fat melt away. :)

  • Diana

    I’m trying to print this workout but I don’t want all the extra stuff and it’s proving hard to copy and paste ..

  • Sheila

    Can’t wait to try these! Starting tomorrow!!

  • Novella

    Okay, I get the whole fat thing, but I am a petite person who, with no effort, comes up below the average weight for my height. Therefore, I really don’t need to do any “fat incinerating cardio workouts”, for health reasons. The problem is that I have perhaps a half inch, maybe a touch more of fat on my lower abs. Will ab workouts get rid of that, with perhaps a little more time and effort? If not, do you have suggestions on how I can target just my lower abs for fat burning? Thanks.

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      It depends – that little annoying bit of fat is usually the last thing to melt off, as well as the first part to come back if your diet/workouts slip at all. There’s no way to directly target your lower abs; fat-burning is, and always will be, a full-body process. And as your body fat drops, the effort/diligence required to drop an incremental % point jumps up significantly – call it diminishing returns, but it’s why that “pooch” is so frustrating to get rid of.

      Lower ab workouts won’t burn that fat directly (you can’t isolate fat reduction with exercise), BUT building up your lower abs may help displace that fat and spread it out, giving the appearance of a flatter lower stomach. The lower ab exercises here are on the high-intensity side, so you’ll get an added calorie/fat-burning effect as well. which eventually WILL trickle down to your lower abs.

      As mentioned, the quickest option would be to add 10-15 mins of HIIT cardio after your workouts (2-4x times per week); it’s the fastest way to access stubborn fat stores and what I always do right before summer. If your body tends to drop weight easily you might find success with a more intense ab routine and/or full workout routine (don’t overlook a cleaner diet, too), but in my experience that’s usually not enough to burn it off.

      • Novella Long

        Okay, thank you! My body is very quick to drop weight (I learned this last year when I cut soda out of my diet–I dropped ten pounds very quickly, which scared me and my doctor a little). I am currently doing a full ab workout, as well as running or swimming at least once a day. I am also eating and drinking healthier, as well. Do you think that might help, or is it possible that I will just lose weight in all the wrong places? Sorry, asking a lot of questions, but this is the first time I’ve really made an effort on fitness. I’ve been a toothpick my whole life, but now I’m trying to start preparing for that day my metabolism starts slowing down.

        • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

          That’s actually not uncommon, the same EXACT thing happened to me about 7 years ago! Artificial sweeteners are nasty in bulk.

          No problem at all, ask away, I want you hooked ;).

          It sounds like you have a sound, active routine in place – I would follow that for about a month and assess how you’re progressing (in terms of body fat loss, muscle tone, or whatever your goals are).because it should help you improve your body in all the RIGHT ways.

          If you’re not seeing the results you want then, come back with specific details/goals and we can discuss next steps – you might need to change it up and/or amp up the intensity.

  • Novella

    Hi Mr. DiSanto! Back again.

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      LAT emphasizes the lower abs, but it’ll definitely hit your entire core, including your obliques/middle abs/upper abs.

      Don’t be surprised if EVERYTHING hurts the next day, especially the first few times you do it – it’s powerful!

      • Novella

        Hey, no pain no gain.

        • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

          Got your email, getting back to you as we speak ;).

          • Kirk C

            Must say, all these I have actually used in my ab routine. I got to say, the effect it has had after 2 months is remarkable I have lowered my BMI significantly by targetting the lower abdominal!

  • Alan Maldonado

    Hi
    My question is that if I burn the fat the abs will be there?

  • Christine

    Can you give me more tips on things I can do at home? I only have a few hours a day if that and nothing but a yoga mat, walls, and myself. Not only do I run but do a little bit of stretching and yoga every day I can. I’ve just been doing standard push ups and sit ups my whole life, I want to take it to the next level. Leg raises, squats, etc. I can do, I want to sweat ‘feel the burn” as they say! Help! :)

  • Toma

    Nice post – you should share a LIVE video on http://www.catchmyworld.com (you can use your iPhone or Android to broadcast LIVE in one click): it is a new social network based on LIVE video and there is a category ‘Wellness’

  • BUM 10in30

    Hanging leg raises for the win! I see many doing them wrong; raising their feet only to parallel with the floor. This only works the leg flexors and just barely the lower abs. Instead, raise your feet like the girl in the pic all the way up to the bar by “curling your body” <- the key to working the abs. PEACE!

  • Paul Casteel

    Hello my name is Paul and i have a couple of questions. Before i get to those questions let me give you some back ground info. I am 15 years old, 6’1″ tall weigh 140 pounds. I am a professional dancer and workout religiously. I don’t need to do cardio because i dance 3-6 hours a day. My dad is an Ex-bodybuilder but doesn’t really have the time to help me. I have this problem where my upper abs are rock hard and stick out but my lower abs dont seem to be doing anything. I have looked and tried out all of the exercises i could find (even on here) and they dont seem to be doing anything for my lower abs! Here are some recent pictures to show you what im talking about (the pictures arent very good)………..Do you have any ideas about what can help? i only have access to a pull up bar, a set of plate weights that add up to 25 lb each, and my body. I need help setting up a workout schedule for my abs. can you help?

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      Hey Paul,

      Clearly your dancing should be a priority, but I think the issue is actually really straightforward — you need to focus on gaining weight; specifically muscle mass (140 is VERY light for 6’1).

      I don’t care how effective your workout routines are or how many lower ab exercises you do — if you’re not eating enough to support muscle recovery and fuel growth AFTER the muscle is broken down (that’s what the ab exercises do, prime your body to grow), you’ll NEVER see size increases in the lower portion of your core. After all, they’re muscles just like your chest, back, and legs.

      Especially considering you’re SO active, your body likely isn’t getting
      anywhere near enough calories every day and can’t build/sustain any muscle mass

      Keep doing the ab work you’ve been doing — more likely than not it’s working — but increase your calories and protein intake gradually. Start by bumping up your calories by 500/day and see how your body responds; if there’s no difference with 500, continue to increase until you see steady gains (go to 750, 1000, 1250, by 250 cal increments until there’s progress).

      Shoot for 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight, per day (140g in your case).

      • Paul Casteel

        thanks man, i will try it out!!

  • Dalene Botes

    hi, im 21 years old, 1.69m and weigh 73kg(gained very fast from 65 to 73 this year). I suspect is it because of my muscles turning to fat. I’m an athlete but could only do a small bit of cycling this year because of an serious injury. I had nice abs but now only my upper abs shows a bit now. I need drastic help to get my body in shape again. what can i do? i dont eat any differently than i’v always done.
    I’m to embarrassed to add a photo. its all gone bad.

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      First off, your muscles can’t “turn to fat” — if anything you’ve just lost a little bit of lean mass and put on a little but of fat weight.

      No worries, that’s all-but-guaranteed to happen when you get injured, which is why it’s so critical NOT to get hurt!

      It sucks, I know, but don’t get discouraged — assuming you’re all healed, bust your ass and start exercising again like you used to. 5, 6 days per week. Weight/resistance train, do HIIT cardio, and you’ll regain your old form. Muscle mass ALWAYS comes back quickly if you’ve built it up in the past.

      -Bryan

      • Dalene Botes

        hehe thanx bryan. Thats xactly what i did, i do weight training for my upper body, the pulse excersice, crunches, reverse crunches, starjumps, lunges and go jogging. sometimes cycling. so i hope it all works quickly.. in a few days i have seen a little…note very small change in my abs. so i hope in a few weeks theres an even bigger change

  • Dakota Heart

    Hello Mr. Di Santo, I’m a 14 year old girl and my stomach is mostly flat thanks to P.E. and doing my high schools cheer team. Despite all of that i seem to be gaining a bit of fat or extra skin around my lower abs, under that skin or fat I can feel the abs that I want to show. Will these exercises fix that problem or is there something else you would recommend? I would show a photo but I’m a bit shy >~<

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      Hey Dakota (please call me Bryan!) — you’re young, PLEASE don’t drive yourself crazy over a small layer of fat or a little bit of skin; those are growing pains that are naturally expected to happen.

      To your second question, ab exercises won’t “spot reduce” fat from your stomach. They’ll help your ab muscles grow, and ultimately pop out/become more visible, but fat loss comes down to (primarily) diet and exercise overall.

      My best advice would be to stay as active as possible — keep cheering and playing sports — and focus on eating healthy/limiting junk food. It’s honestly probably diet more than anything else, but at the same time, I REALLY don’t want you to kill yourself — you have your entire adult life to be super strict about eating.

      -Bryan

  • Alanna

    Hello Brian, I am a mother of a toddler, I am 5’3 and 170 something lbs. I have nearly 0 lower abdominal muscles due to a c-section 3 years ago and haven’t really re-gained any of my lost muscle. I am looking to build that muscle but can’t even properly due the first exercise…what would you recommend?

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      Pulse ups are a difficult exercise that require a pretty solid foundation of core strength, stability, and flexibility — don’t worry at all if you’re not at that point yet.

      Start with a few beginner exercises and work your way up. Reverse Crunches are a basic lower ab exercise to start with as a launching point.

      Ab V Holds, Bench V Ups, the Captain’s Chair, and Leg Lifts are all a tad bit harder, but good exercises to strive to do.

      Shoot for 5-10 reps of the reverse crunches at first (per set) and gradually increase it to 12, 15, 20 per set.

  • Avid

    Hello, Brian. I am 6’0 feet weighing 177 pounds. I have some upper body muscle and some leg muscles, however, I do not have any stomach muscle there are some fat closer to the the lower abs. I dont know weather or not to start ab workouts or wait till i lose more weight and then start. What should I do?

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      Hey Avid — your weight seems right in the wheelhouse of where it should be. Any idea what your body fat % is?

      My hunch would be to focus first on a full-body weight-lifting routine — one that hits your upper and lower body intensely — and a solid dose of cardio (I recommend HIIT 3x/week after you’re done lifting); and complement it with abs 2x per week.

      Deadlifts, squats, military press, rows, etc. are all AMAZING ab workouts, but they also spike hormones, burn fat, and stimulate major muscle growth in the process. That’s the most efficient use of your time right now if you’ve still got a layer of fat to melt.

  • Sylv

    Hi, I found this on pintrist and I need to know if I will see results even though I have had a C-Section everybody including personal trainers have said it is impossible?

    • MB

      Sylv, I am constantly struggling with weight, but I think I’ve found something that seems to really be helping my lower abs. I have a 2 year old and just haven’t been able to get the lower part down too much, but I have noticed a difference with this! You go into bridge position, where you lay on the floor with your knees bent, feet on the floor, pelvis raised, tighten abs, and do crunches, breathing with them, tighten your abs, keep the focus on lower abs, I can actually see mine tightening right there. make sure your butt stays raised and you focus on the abs. I do 3 sets of 35, you’ll feel the burn. my goal is to do this 2x a day. Good luck. Hope it helps! cardio too, helps sheld the fat layer… if you have one….lol

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      Hey Sylv — you can absolutely still build an amazing core, you’ve likely just got your work cut out for you. Start slow with a few of the beginner exercises and gradually work your way up to the more advanced variations. Take it slow and gradually progress as your abs strengthen (this is a few-month process, don’t expect abs overnight!).

      Stay confident, motivated, and focused; you’ll get there quickly enough.

      And as always, a clean diet is KEY to dropping body fat (if that’s an issue for you). Cardio and weight-training are also obvious boosts to speed up results.

      -BD

    • Raederle Phoenix West

      You can do anything you set your mind to. One thing that will help phenomenally is drinking fresh vegetable juice daily.

      • Some Guy

        Juicing is great, espcially in the morning, (water in the vegetables helps to get you hydrated) along with a nice serving of protein. But, don’t substitute juice for fresh veggies. When you juice too often, you lose out on valuable insoluble fiber that helps regulate your digestive system and remove toxins.

  • Dominic

    I’m 16 years old and I’m looking to gain mass. I’m taking a mass gainer complex. Right now I am 6′ 3″ 179 pounds and I’m trying to get my lower abs in.. My upper abs are clearly visible and you can feel the line for my bottom abs… I don’t know what to do please help

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      Hey Dominic — It’s tough to tell without knowing your BF% or seeing what your stomach looks like, but my hunch is that you probably need to lose more body fat.

      As far as the abs go, when your BF drops, the upper abs and serratus (the finger muscles under your pecs) are always the first to show; and then the obliques and lower abs pop up as that BF% drops further. Effectively, fat comes off from top-to-bottom.

      I think you’re trying to do TOO MUCH at once. Gaining muscle mass and dropping into single digit body fat are opposite processes, which is why you’re likely having trouble. My reco would be to prioritize — if gaining more muscle mass is priority #1, focus on that whole-heartedly for a month or so and then switch into full on fat-burning mode.

      ^BD

    • dj

      stop taking gainer and maintain doing the same lifts for two weeks. But add 20 min of some more short cardio that works the glutes and hamstrings (which are your two biggest metabolic muscle groups). an example is doing some sprints for 30 secs and then jogging for a min then repeat, or jump roping and doing high knees for a min then taking a 30 sec break. Just so you get those muscles activated without working against your progress of gaining muscle.

  • Olivia

    I’m a 34 year old female, 5’8″ 120 lbs and I work out for about an hour 3 days a week. I’m toned everywhere I want to be except my lower abs. I don’t know my BF% but my BMI is 18.2, technically underweight (always have been since I was a kid), so I don’t want to lose body fat. Besides using the dip machine what else can I do that doesn’t require laying on my back? (I have slight scoliosis that grinds my spine against the floor, ouch)

  • Alan

    Hey, I’m 19 years old, i weigh approx. 76kg. I’m happy overall with the size i am, and i can see my top four abs fairly well, as well as i can feel them. However with my bottom two abs, i can not see them but i can feel the muscle, but they are not as big as my top four abs. So I’m wondering is it having to build more muscle for my bottom two abs? or do i need to loose more fat? and is it advisable to do cardio after doing a ab circuit to burn more fat? thanks

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      It’s tough to tell without seeing you in person/a picture, but I’m guessing it’s more likely a minor body fat issue; musculature second.

      You’re at a point where body fat needs to be EXTREMELY low — under under 10% — to really see the full scope of your lower abs. Plus, naturally they aren’t as big/pronounced as the top 4, so don’t expect them to get that big.

      It’s likely a matter of shaving off 1-5% BF, and building up a little bit more muscle definition. For lower abs, do the workout I just put together — it’s lower abs focused (http://www.leanitup.com/workout-plans-plunging-deep-v-lower-abs-workout/)

      As for cardio, ABSOLUTELY! A cardio session post-lifting/resistance training is the most effective way to burn off fat. My reco would be to throw in HIIT cardio 3-4x per week, 10 mins per session, right after you’re done with your main workout. You’ll zap that fat off in a few weeks, especially as it gets harder to drop.

      Also, diet becomes extra critical here. Make sure you’re not slipping up and you’re eating clean.

  • July Mohamad Gifted

    i love muscle i love abs i love gym !!!

  • Laura

    Hi Bryan!

    Awesome site and so cool to see someone so in touch with his followers – kudos :)

    Like everyone else, I’m here for your expert opinion. I have lost about 20kg over the years (I’m 26) and started gym and then crossfit and although I was quite on the large side, I am now mostly happy with myself and at 70kg I have quite a lot of muscle mass as I am a female that ‘bulks’ quite easily. As much as I may never be a lean, mean, ab-wielding machine, I would desperately like to lose my love handles and lower belly fat. Unfortunately, due to the weight loss, most of my tummy is not fat but loose skin and is very flabby. I usually do crossfit 6 days a week and eat pretty damn well but due to my love of food, can’t do the chicken and broccoli diet that I would need to get completely RIPPED. I have started trying to do 2 solid ab sessions a week and was wondering if this, accompanied with fairly good eating habits, would be able to tighten up my tummy and get rid of the unsightly loose bits that I hate so much. Your advice would be much appreciated xx

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      Hey Laura — thanks for the kind words, I’m psyched that you’re here.

      First off: EVERYONE has the potential to be a lean, mean, ab-wielding machine, so cut that nonsense. It all starts with attitude.

      What does your ab training look like? My hunch is that you might be at a point where prioritizing the ab musculature is critical. That means doing HARDER ab workouts that stimulate core growth.

      Second, throw in HIIT cardio 3-4x a week POST Crossfit, if possible. If not, do it standalone. It’s intense, but it’s a really effective tactic for digging into and burning off the last little bits of stubborn body fat.

      2 ab workouts/week + Crossfit + clean eating (it doesn’t have to be overly obsessive, but it should be consistently clean without eating much junk/crap) should be plenty to get you there. Upgrade your ab workouts & throw in HIIT and you’ll be on the path to a KILLER midsection.

      Remember this — abs are REALLY challenging and take time to build. They require a lot of work & consistent dedication (they’re a complete labor of love), but you can ABSOLUTELY build them if you decide to commit to make it happen.

      ^BD

      • Laura

        Bryan, thanks a mil for your response! I am quite sure my ab training isn’t what it should be, I guess I’m never sure how much to do or which exercises I should focus on.

        I’m definitely going to take heed to the points you’ve mentioned and hopefully in a good couple of months, results will start showing!!

  • hannah

    Hello, My name is Hannah, I am 5’7 female and weight about 125 pounds. I am a competitive dance but was out for a season so I have put on a bit of ft science then I don’t have much fat but there still is some. I am working out a lot again and do A LOT of ab and leg work. What should I do if I want my abs to look like the models again?

  • http://nossacompany.com/ Nossa Company

    Loved your article! Had to include it in the article we just published to share to our following!

    http://nossacompany.com/2014/03/22/lower-ab-workout/

  • Melissa

    Hi Bryan its Melissa. I’m a 17 year old about to be 18 in april 29. I want a nice body flat abs and I have jiggly legs somewhat, deffinatly jiggly arms and have some pounds of fat but I’m not fat I just have some fat on me and NEED to get toned. I have a gym membership.

    • TheDoctor

      And you’ve considered using the membership right?

      • http://bolddebauchery.tumblr.com/ Niggademus

        I dont think she has.

  • Sam J

    Watch this video, an unconventional technique to burn your stubborn belly fat http://www.girlyhacks.com/lose-stubborn-belly-fat.htm

  • Sam

    Hi Bryan its Sam. I’m 5’7 and 63kgs..i want some increase in height….what do you suggest??

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      IMO the only legitimate way to get taller (and I mean, maybe 1-2″) is with better posture. If you’re naturally slouched/hunched, that’ll take away from your optimal height — core work, yoga, stretching, and actively working your alignment can help improve the way you stand over time.

      Outside of that, most solutions are complete gimmicks. I’d try to learn to accept your height for what it is, it’s genetics!

  • simmi

    oops! i don’t c my post written 2 wks back :(

  • simmi

    Hi Brian :). this is simran from India. Namaste!!

    am 5.4′ weighing 85 kgs and 1977 born. post a deadly accident in 2007, i’ve become disabled (right leg has become short and 1/4 of my right foot is amputated. there’s a hole in my skull too (sealed), so yoga is ‘no’ for me.

    i’ve bn gymming since 2012 :). Yyaayyyyy. in fact i just got free from crutches after almost 7 yrs. i do lower body, cardio, upper body. after seeing ur site, i’ve added 5 exercises (ab pulse ups, plank, v holds, reverse crunches and captain’s chair). i feel good.

    any more suggestions wud u like to give… for i wud love to and want to make abs like u guys :D. cheers!!!

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      Hi Simmi — That’s AMAZING that you feel great and you’re continuing to work your butt off after everything that happened, Congratulations on finally getting off crutches, that’s a really inspirational story!

      Definitely read this article, because it runs through 5 of the biggest reasons why your abs might not be exactly where you want them to be: http://www.leanitup.com/how-can-i-get-a-six-pack-5-reasons-why-your-abs-arent-growing/#comment-1340267816

      The one thing I would say is that most of your ab moves are focused on your LOWER abs. Try adding in a few exercises that hit the obliques and rectus abdominis (the upper, 6-pack area) — you’ll end up with a more well-rounded routine.

      • simmi

        thx a ton, bryan <3.

        yes, in fact, before i was doin only upper ab crunches and obliques. what i found missing was the lower ab workout that i started after learning from u. :)

        and that's me in the yellow dress (left and 1st person in the row) with tilted right leg and sports shoes as i can't wear any other fancy shoes…makes me feel sporty tho :D. don't like to tk my pics, just puttin it for u to c.

        lemme follow all this and slowly i'll win the race. thnx for being my 'online trainer'. RESPECT.

        • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

          Nice shoes :). If you didn’t say anything, I would never have even noticed any of the things you mentioned.

          Keep up the positive energy and keep working hard — you’re already winning it. Welcome!

          Bryan

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  • Sai Ramesh

    oh is that!! do we need to strive this hard to get rid of belly! i cant do all those, but i have plan to start exercising! is this fine if we start with this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b97ORyVlUMI

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      Examine your diet. You can’t crunch off belly fat — that’s what the video implies. Eat better (consistently), focus on high intensity exercises, move more, and stick to a well-balanced workout routine.

      That’s overly simplified, but it’s a basic roadmap for what you’ll need to do. DO NOT rely solely on crappy ab exercises like the ones in the video.

  • brittany

    to get abs fast what better work out of the month for may or the uber low ab exercise?

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      Start with May’s WOTM. If you want to add a little extra emphasis on the lower abs, you’re more than welcome to throw in 1-2 additional lower ab exercises (but it’s already a crazy hard plan).

      • Lana Diaz

        Thanks, will follow your advice.

  • Visenya Francés

    Whats foods and exercises can help get rid of that lower ab fat that always lingers? Its a small amount but annoying.

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      UGH my body has the same tendency — that little bit of fat is always the last spot to come off, but also the first to come back if you slip up whatsoever. It’s SO frustrating, but it requires a ton of discipline to burn off and keep off.

      There really isn’t one specific food or “magic” exercise that’ll specifically hit that fat area. That’s just not how fat loss works. It’s much more dependent on consistent clean eating and maintaining a strong workout plan that’ll burn fat overall .

      That said, for me, HIIT cardio is always my go-to to zap that last little bit of fat. Emphasizing core and lower abs training can also help “smooth” out the area, which reduces how prominent that fat really is (it’s usually not a lot of fat, but just enough to be annoying).

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  • Ken

    Hey Bryan,
    I’m 15, 5’11 and weigh about 56 kgs.. I want to gain some weight without actually becoming fat and I also want to build some muscle with a six pack..
    I lift weights every alternate day and go for crunches too, I play football too and yet I end up being a little fat..
    Can I please have some tips from you to have a lean, fit and athletic body? :D

  • http://bolddebauchery.tumblr.com/ Niggademus

    A good way to burn fat and get cut is pick 4 of these exercises and do a burn routine of 20 reps each for 4 sets continuously with no break. You will see better results when you do all them in tandem in a circuit. I would suggest incorporating the plank as well.

  • Nicole

    Hey Brian,
    I’m 18, 5’2 and about 110lbs, and I’m also a runner. I have a small 4 pack, but they aren’t very prominent, and I haven’t really purposely done anything to get them. What would you suggest to get my last two and make them more prominent? Thanks so much for your help!

    • http://LeanItUP.com/ Bryan DiSanto

      It sounds like you need to focus on GROWING your ab muscles — your best bet for that is a combination of A) harder exercises, and B) adding weight + resistance.

      If you’re not visibly seeing much definition in the lower half, emphasize lower ab training + exercises, and do HIIT cardio. Try this ab workout:http://www.leanitup.com/workou

      Definitely read this as well: http://www.leanitup.com/how-ca

      ^Bryan

  • Sebastiano Torto

    hi brian, im 14, 1.82m (5’97) and i’m a rower who broke an arm and so has been inactive since 5 months ago (did nothing and ate like a panda). I’m really, really big boned and also a little bit fat, i’m new to excercise and what i’d like to do is not have ripped muscles but more change the shape of my lower belly, cause right now they just look fat and i’d like to have a more “natural” shape, like i’ve got on my upper abs, which are not ripped, but are flat and way more good-looking. Is there a particular exercise you’d recomend for shaping and not building up ? (sorry for my english if it’s wrong, i’m italian/french)
    thanks

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  • DB

    This would be great if you could actually train your lower abs…another fad…..

  • AbsNOW

    Great ab exercises! I do most of these in my routine on a regular basis, and they definitely help bring out / strengthen the lower abdominal region.

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