How To Get Great Abs At Home Or In The Gym With Core Training 101

The Best Exercises For A Firm Core (with video tutorials)

Getting a firm core is important for many reasons:

  • a solid core really does help prevent injury from many compound exercises such as deadlifts or squats. Even if you have great back muscles, if you have nothing on ‘the other side’ (i.e. your abs) it isn’t too safe to do things like deadlifts with heavy weights. It is important to work all aspects of your core. The front (abs), side (obliques), back.
  • aesthetics – a 6 pack does look great
  • It helps you look slimmer. No one with abs looks fat…
  • Improves balance

Top Exercises for a firm core…

There are many exercises to work out your abs/core, but it isn’t always about doing ALL of them. Just do enough to hit every muscle angle in your core. Remember, you have the obliques (on your sides).


Although Crunches get a lot of stick, they are a great exercise. Be careful, they can cause spine problems if not done propperly.

Crunches from Webb Fitness & Reconditioning on Vimeo.

The Dragon Flag

This is a killer exercise for your core. If you can do it, make sure to include it in your workout routine.

ABDOMINATION – Exercise: “DRAGON FLAG” – Fitness Video Series from Jeremy Hovan on Vimeo.

Top Reasons Your Abs Are Not Showing

Everyone knows the phrase ‘Washboard Abs’ – and it doesn’t take an expert to know that having abs that stick out look nice. But sometimes – no matter how hard you try – you just can’t get those abs that you want.

Your have too much fat!

I cannot emphasise enough how much easier it is to get abs showing if you have a low body fat %. The best way to fix this problem is definitely to control your diet. Even with the best abs training plan you will only see limited results if you have a bad diet that puts on fat.

You Are Not Training Your Abs Correctly

Just doing 500 crunches or sit ups isn’t going to get you a rock hard core. You need to make the exercises harder. This is for the same reasons body builders don’t do 20+ reps (they tend to do just under 10) per set. Increase the difficulty of your abs workouts (this can be done via machines, or adding weights) so you work out your muscles for muscle growth.

You over train

You can easily over train your abs. They are only small muscles, and never ever ever work them out for 2 days in a row. Make sure to have at least one resting your abs in between working your abs. For the best results I recommend working out your abs two or three times a week. Remember that exercises such as squats or deadlifts hit your abs too (not in a massive way, but they are still getting used). If you over train, you won’t get the best results.