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Lying Ab Press

Lying Ab Press

The Lying Ab Press is a fantastic exercise that targets your abdominal muscles, helping you achieve a stronger, more defined core. This exercise is particularly effective for targeting the lower abdominals, which can be challenging to engage with traditional ab exercises. To perform the Lying Ab Press, you'll need a mat or a comfortable surface to lie on. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Place your hands on your thighs, just above your knees. Next, take a deep breath in and as you exhale, press your hands against your thighs, applying resistance. Simultaneously, draw your belly button towards your spine, engaging your core muscles. Hold this contraction for a few seconds, then release and repeat for the desired number of repetitions. It's important to maintain a slow and controlled movement throughout the exercise, focusing on the contraction of your abdominal muscles. Avoid using momentum or relying on your arms to press against your thighs - the effort should come solely from your core. The Lying Ab Press can be a valuable addition to your ab workout routine, helping you develop a strong and stable core. Incorporate this exercise into your training regimen a few times a week, gradually increasing the number of repetitions as your strength improves. Remember to listen to your body and modify the exercise if needed to ensure proper form and prevent any discomfort.

Instructions

  • Lie down on a flat surface, such as a yoga mat, facing up.
  • Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the ground, hip-width apart.
  • Position your hands on the sides of your head, just above your ears, with your elbows pointing out to the sides.
  • Take a deep breath and engage your core muscles.
  • Slowly lift your head, shoulder blades, and upper back off the ground while exhaling.
  • Continue to curl your upper body forward, trying to touch your chest to your knees.
  • Hold the contracted position for a moment, focusing on the tension in your abdominal muscles.
  • In a controlled manner, lower your upper body back down to the starting position while inhaling.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the exercise to maximize abdominal activation.
  • Focus on slow and controlled movements to target your abs effectively.
  • Exhale as you press your lower back into the floor for a deeper contraction.
  • Keep your neck and shoulders relaxed throughout the exercise to avoid unnecessary tension.
  • Adjust the range of motion according to your fitness level and comfort. Start with smaller movements and progress as you get stronger.
  • Incorporate variations of the exercise, such as adding leg raises or incorporating a stability ball, to challenge your core in different ways.
  • Ensure proper form by placing your hands lightly behind your head without pulling on your neck.
  • Add resistance by using a dumbbell or a weighted plate held against your chest for an extra challenge.
  • Include the Lying Ab Press as part of a well-rounded core workout routine that includes exercises for all areas of your abdominal muscles.
  • Remember to listen to your body and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.

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