If you’ve been trying to get abs for some time now then you probably know just how stubborn your lower abs can be.
They are perhaps the hardest part of your abs to develop because they are oftentimes covered by the most fat.
This is why it is vitally important to maintain a healthy diet because without that your abs will never show.
But let’s assume for the sake of this post that you are eating healthy.
The next step would be to make sure you are performing ab workouts that actually target the lower abs.
So to ensure your targeting the right part of your abs, I’m going to show you 6 lower ab exercises that will take your core to the next level.
1. Reverse Crunches
Reverse crunches are a great beginner-friendly lower ab workout because they can be easily modified depending on your level of training experience.
One thing that I and many gym influencers found is that you can maximize the burning sensation on your abs by performing the exercises slow and controlled.
This is something to always keep in mind because it can be the difference between seeing results and going nowhere.
With that said, when you extend your legs out on this movement, make sure to perform the movement slowly on both the eccentric and concentric portions of the exercise.
This particular exercise is also great for strengthening your hip flexors which is important to prevent injury.
2. Leg Raises
Perhaps the foundational exercise for developing lower abs and also my personal favorite is the leg raise.
The leg raise is a simple yet extremely effective exercise that will test your lower core strength immensely.
To simplify this exercise, you can place your hands on your tailbone to stabilize your body.
Similarly, you can make the movement harder by placing a dumbbell between your feet to add weight to the movement.
3. Pulse Ups
Pulse ups are one of the more challenging lower ab workouts because it really requires you to utilize your stabilizer muscles throughout the entire movement.
It can be challenging but you’ll want to make sure that you are performing the movement slowly.
To maximize the effectiveness of this exercise make sure to hold for 1 second at the top of the movement.
4. Bicycle Crunches
This beginner-level exercise is not to be mistaken for being easy. Bicycle crunches are very effective at targeting your lower abs.
They also hit your obliques as well for overall core development. I personally like to hold and squeeze my abs for two seconds at the top of every half rep to really feel that burn.
5. Mountain Climbers
One of the most popular ab exercises out there is the mountain climber.
This is a great exercise that not only hits your lower abs but also helps you burn calories at a fast clip.
This is especially beneficial for helping your lower abs be seen by reducing lower stomach fat.
A good benefit of adding this to your ab routine is that you’ll simultaneously work your abductors along with your abs.
This will help to prevent hip injuries down the line which is extremely important since most of us spend a lot of time sitting down.
Over time as this gets easier, you can also opt to use ankle weights to increase the intensity of the workout.