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.

- Core strengthening exercises to improve stability and spine health

- 4 Standing Super Flat Ab Exercises for Women

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

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Lower ab exercise intermediate

Once you are proficient in performing the beginner moves, move on to more intermediate ones such as mountain climbers, planks, v-sit ups, scissors, reverse crunches and hanging knee raises. These can be pretty tough, but will work wonders on your abdominals. For those who are ready for more advanced moves, performing jack knives, hanging leg raises, decline sit ups with shoulder presses and bosu bicycle crunches will take your abdominal workout to the highest level. These moves should be performed three times per week on alternating days.

 
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Lower ab exercise advance

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See how do perform each exercise on next page!