Ab & Back Exercises

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Ab Rollout

AKA Ab wheel, evil wheel   The ab rollout is an exercise that strengthens the abs isometrically and the hip flexors dynamically.     Execution   Hold an ab-wheel or barbell ...
Back Extension (Hyperextension)

AKA Hyperextension, hyper   The back extension or hyperextension is a very basic but very effective exercise for strengthening the extensors of the back to maintain the arch needed in weightl...
Back Plank

AKA inverted plank   The back plank is a simple exercise for strengthening isometric back extension.     Execution   Place the upper back and lower legs on elevated surfaces...
Cross Chop

The cross chop is a rotation trunk exercise that can be done with a range of implements.     Execution   Hold a weighted implement (kettlebell, plate, sandbag, medicine ball, etc.)...
Crunch

The crunch is a simple trunk flexion exercise.     Execution   Lie supine with the knees and hips bent to place the feet flat on the floor. Hold the fingers at the sides of the hea...
Decline Sit-Up

The decline sit-up is a trunk and hip flexion exercise that allows greater difficulty through a longer range of motion compared to the sit-up.     Execution   Secure your feet in t...
GHD Sit-up Hold

The GHD sit-up hold is a simple isometric ab exercise and a nice break from planks, which are the most boring ab exercise ever created.     Execution   Set up in a glute-ham bench ...
Glute-Ham Raise

AKA GHR   The glute-ham raise strengthens and develops stamina in the hamstrings, glutes and back.     Execution   Fix the ankles in a glute-ham bench adjusted to place the ...
Hanging Leg Raise

AKA HLR, toes to bar   The hanging leg raise is an advanced ab and hip flexor exercise.     Execution   Hang from a pull-up bar or stall bars. Without swinging, lift straigh...
Hollow Rock

Hollow Rock   The hollow rock is a static ab exercise that can be used as some variation for the unweighted plank.     Execution   Lie on your back with your arms overhead a...
Jack Knife

The jack knife is an advanced variation of the sit-up involving the raising of both the legs and trunk.     Execution   Lie on the floor with the legs extended straight and your ha...
Plank

The plank is the most basic static trunk stability exercise, but is also very effective.     Execution   With the feet together and toes on the floor, and elbows bent and resting o...
Reverse Crunch

The reverse crunch is a variation of the crunch in which the legs and hips move while the trunk is anchored.     Execution   Lie on the floor and hold a stable rack or post behind ...
Sit-Up

The sit-up is the most basic trunk and hip flexion ab exercise.     Execution   Lie supine on the floor with the knees and hips bent to place the feet flat on the floor (the feet c...
Standing Twist

AKA Standing plate twist, standing rotation   The standing twist is the simplest trunk rotation exercise.     Execution   Stand with the feet about shoulder width and hold a...
V-Up

The V-up is an ab and hip flexor exercise that can be considered an advanced variation of the jack knife.     Execution   Lie on the floor with the legs extended straight and your ...
Windshield Wiper

The windshield wiper is an advanced trunk rotational strength and stamina exercise     Execution   While hanging from a pull-up bar, lift your torso to horizontal with the hips fle...
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