There are lots of different ab workout routines, but which workout routine is the best for getting defined and ripped 6 pack abs in the quickest time possible. Well this all depends on you and your level of fitness. If you are just starting out it is best that you start off slowly and start a routine which is designed for beginners. If you are a little more experienced then you will need to start an intermediate routine. If you have been exercising for many years and your fitness level is high then you will need to start an advanced ab workout routine.
Lets quickly show you just one ab workout program for a beginner, intermediate and advanced person.
The beginner routine should be completed two times per week and consists of these two simple ab exercises.
Exercise one is the standard sit up, lie flat on the floor on your back, bend your knees and slowly raise your chest towards your knees. Try to keep your back as straight as possible and perform the sit up in a slow and controlled manner so that you can feel the stomach muscles working.
Exercise two is the crunch, lie on the floor in the same position as you would for the standard sit up. Then raise the upper torso whilst keeping the lower back still flat to the floor.
You should try to complete 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps on both exercises. Keep to this program till you think you are ready to move onto the intermediate ab workout routine.
Intermediate Ab Exercise Routine
The intermediate routine should be completed three times per week and consists of three exercises.
Exercise one is the inclined sit up, all you do is hook your feet under an incline ab bench and slowly raised your torso from the bench by bending your hips and waist until your head almost touches your knees.
Exercise two is the cable seated crunch, to perform this exercise you will need a medium to high pulley weights system. Using a cable rope attachment, grasp it so that both hands are placed over your shoulders. Then all you do is slowly move your body forward, so that your hips remain stationery and your elbows move towards your hips as you are moving forward.
Exercise three is the lever leg raise crunch. To perform this exercise you will need a levered ab machine, all you do is lie flat on the machine placed your feet into the padded bars and grasp the handles on each side of the machine. Then pull the handle towards yours legs by flexing your hips and waist.
You should be looking to complete 3 to 4 sets of 15 to 20 reps on all three exercise. Keep to this program until you are 100% ready to move onto an advanced ab workout routine.
Advanced Ab Exercise Routine
The advanced routine should be completed three to four time per week and there are three different exercises, which are all weight assisted.
Exercise one is the dumbbell sit up, this is done on an incline ab bench, position the dumbbells over your shoulders. Then all you do is raise your torso off the bench as high as you can by bending your hips and waist. Make sure that you keep both arms straight and upright so that the extra weight is really hitting your abs.
Exercise two is the weighted sit up, all you do with this exercise is hook your feet securely under a ab machine, then you place a weight behind your head and slowly perform a standard sit up. The extra weight is going to really work your stomach muscles hard.
Exercise three is the weighted vertical leg raise, all you do on this exercise is place a weight between your legs and position your body onto parallel bars. You then slowly raise your legs as high as you can.
You should complete 3 to 4 sets of 15 to 20 reps on the three different exercises four to five times per week. To make your abs shows quicker, your ultimate aim should be to lose fat whilst holding on to or building lean muscle mass. There are many more different ab workout routines, you just need to start doing the different exercises and finding out which exercises work best for you and your abs.