Best Abdominal Exercises

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Captain's Chair: This abdominal exercise requires stabilizing and using all the abdominal muscles and even glutes. This "chair" can be found at most gyms and consists of a back support; attached to this are two arm supports with pads and handles. Some will have steps to help you get in position; others may not.

You'll put one arm in each support, grasp the handles loosely and push your back into the back padding. Keeping your legs together and hanging freely is the starting position of this exercise. You'll slowly lift your legs up, bending your knees as you bring your legs and knees up towards your chest. Slowly lower your legs back down to the starting position and repeat.

No matter which exercise you choose, remember to start out slowly and work your way up. As time goes on you'll be able to increase reps and even alternate or do multiple variations of these popular exercises in one session. With hard work and proper form, these exercises, along with fat-burning exercises, can get you a stronger core and sleek abdominal muscles.