All women want tight toned abs, but most do not perform the proper exercises to obtain them. The abdominal region consists of several sets of muscles that must all be worked in conjunction to provide the desired results. Performing simple moves such as crunches or sit ups only work one set of muscles and places extreme strain on the lower back. The best ab workout for men and women consists of compound moves that work all areas of the stomach.

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The following moves work mostly the lower abs, but are effective in tightening the entire abdominal region. Beginners should perform exercises such as bent knee hip raises, lying leg raises, bicycle kicks and leg raises to strengthen and prepare the abdominal muscles for more complex moves.

Lower ab exercise beginner