A strong core is synonymous with overall great health and fitness levels. Check out the best weighted abs exercises you can do to achieve that.
A six-pack ab doesn’t come cheap. Besides putting in the effort with proper workouts, you also need to have a low body fat percentage if you want to see your abs. The best way to do that is to be in a caloric deficit.
When it comes to training, you could do worse than focusing on core exercises. Check out the list of best weighted ab exercises according to Jeremy Ethier.
Jeremy Ethier is a kinesiologist and fitness trainer, co-founder of Built With Science. His YouTube channel has over 4 million subscribers and he delivers clear information with sound background research.
As with any muscle, you want to progressively overload your ab training and that is when weighted ab exercises become handy.
Best Weighted Abs Exercises
According to Jeremy Ethier, the best way to increase your core strength is to perform weighted ab exercises around 6-15 reps while combining with 15 reps or more of bodyweight ab exercises.
1. Hanging Leg Raises
The hanging leg raise is already a great ab training. But how do you make this one of the best weighted abs exercises possible? Perform the exercise while holding a dumbbell with your feet.
2. Kneeling Cable Crunch / Ab Pulldowns
This exercise targets your entire transverse abdominus with a bigger emphasis on your upper abs.
You can progressively overload this exercise easily since it is a cable machine exercise.
If you want to hit more your obliques, twist your body to the side as you come down during the movement.
3. Cables Wood Chop
One of the best exercises for your obliques using the cable machine. Easy to overload as necessary.
4. Weighted Oblique Twists
This will also hit your obliques and you can make it easier by planting your feet on the floor instead.
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- Home-core-workouts: Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.