Here's the 6 best ab exercises for ripped abs:
While crunches have their critics, this basic exercise when done properly can be highly effective for developing your upper abs. The upper abs are fairly easy to get ripped, and the convenience and ease of crunches makes this one of the 6 best ab exercises.
2. Leg Raises.
The most stubborn part of the stomach to define are the lower abs. This is where leg raises come in. They specifically work those lower abs. By doing leg raises you isolate and work the lower portion while not allowing the upper abs to assist in doing any of the work.
3. Side Crunches.
There are different variations to side crunches, but once you get comfortable with the variation that works for you, your obliques (side abdominal muscles) will be on their way to getting ripped.
4. Hanging Knee Raises.
These are great for working your lower and side oblique muscles and are a great variation to standard on the floor abdominal exercises.
5. Elbow to Knee Crunches.
These are great because you are working your upper and lower abs at the same time. Plus it's very easy to do, simply crunching up with your hands behind your head and elbows extended straight, while simultaneously bringing your knees toward you body to touch the elbows.
6. Twisted Elbow to Knee Crunches.
Out of the 6 best ab exercises, this one's my favorite and one of the most effective ever. Because you are doing a traditional crunch, and bringing your knees toward you to touch with your elbows you are working both your upper and lower abs. Now, throw a twist into the mix (twist to touch your elbow to the opposite knee) you are also employing your oblique muscles, making this an all around ab exercise, perfect for those with limited time, wanting to get a good exercise in to work the abs.