SIDE JACKKNIFE

Lie on your left side, with your legs nearly straight and slightly raised off the floor. Also, lift your torso off the floor, with your left forearm on the floor for balance. Hold your other hand behind your right ear, with your elbow pointed toward your feet. Lift your legs toward your torso while keeping your torso stationary. Pause to feel the contraction on the right side of your waist. Then slowly lower your legs and repeat. Finish the set, then switch sides.

Do 10 to 15 repetitions.

best-men-ab-workout-db6

 

TWO-POINT BRIDGE

Assume the standard pushup position. Lift your right arm and left leg off the floor at the same time. Hold for 3 to 5 seconds, then lower them. That’s one repetition.

Return to the starting position, then repeat, lifting your left arm and right leg this time.

Do 10 to 15 repetitions.

best-men-ab-workout-db3

 

NEGATIVE CRUNCH

Sit with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. (Tuck your feet under weights to maintain balance.) Extend your arms in front of you with your fingers interlaced.

Begin with your upper body at slightly less than a 90-degree angle to the floor. Lower your upper body toward the floor, curling your torso forward, rounding your lower back, and keeping your abs contracted. When your upper body reaches a 45-degree angle to the floor, return to the starting position.

Do 10 to 15 repetitions.

best-men-ab-workout-db5

 

BACK EXTENSION

Position yourself in a back-extension station, and hook your feet under the leg anchor. Hold your arm straight

Lace your hands behind your head. Lower your torso, allowing your lower back to round slightly, until it’s just short of perpendicular to the floor. Pause, then raise your upper body until it’s slightly above parallel to the floor. At this point, you should have a slight arch in your back, and your shoulder blades should be pulled together.

Do 10 to 15 repetitions.

best-men-ab-workout-db11

 

TWISTING BACK EXTENSION

Position yourself in a back-extension station, and hook your feet under the leg anchor. Lace your hands behind your head. Lower your torso, allowing your lower back to round slightly, until it’s just short of perpendicular to the floor. Raise and twist your upper body until it’s in line with your hips and facing right. That’s one repetition. Repeat the move, this time twisting to your left.

Do 10 to 15 repetitions.

best-men-ab-workout-db2

 
Photographs by Beth Bischoff
Workout by: David Zinczenko credit: MensHealth.com