Best Dumbbell Exercises for a Six Pack
We had better face the truth. We do
bodybuilding with the intention to look good to the opposite gender. For that
goal, men should concentrate on building what is called a v-shape body with a
narrow waist and much more importantly wide and bulky shoulders. Women need to
develop leg muscles and the gluteus maximus. For both genders, a flat stomach
is a desirable trait but bulging, ripped adbominal muscles is not a must.
However, for some reason, the whole fitness culture seems to have developed a
fixation with this specific muscle group that lies on our core. Whatever the
reason, people spend quite a bit of time strengthening their abs and many a
times, cruches prove to be an insufficient means for getting six-pack. Below
you will find a few dumbbell exercises that could add a bit more resistance to
your abs training.
Exercise 1: Dumbbell Swing
Hold a single dumbbell at one end with both hands. Stand with your
feet at shoulder width. Swing the dumbbell between your legs and then up above
your head. This is one of the most potent abs exercises you can do with a
weight. Make sure you do not go hard on your back.
Exercise 2: Dumbbell Crunch
The name of the exercise speaks for itself. The only thing that
makes thing different from the normal crunch is you holding a dumbbell in your
hands. The extra resistance will help you bust the abdominal plaetau and get
the six pack in no time.
Exercise 3: Dumbbell Side Bend
You know that sleek muscular ring that goes around the belly of
skinny Hollywood actors? That’s called an adonis belt and it is a much prized
part of the abdominal muscle architecture. It is not easy to get it and there
is a chance you will never get that detail no matter how skinny and muscular
you get but side swing is the exercise that will give it to you if you were meant
to have an adonis muscle. Pick up one dumbbell in one hand and bend to that
side until the dumbbell is at the knee level and then bend to the opposite
side. Repeat with the other side.
Exercise 4: Explosive Overhead Dumbbell Press
This is really a shoulder exercise. When it is done in an
explosive manner, which means a little faster and with a sort of punch in the
end, it also becomes quite a good abdominal exercise. The exercise itself is
pretty simple. Get two dumbbells, hold them at shoulders with hand palms facing
the front. Lift them over your head and repeat. Remember you need to do this in
an explosive way if you want your abs to benefit from it. Also, take care not
to drop those dumbbells while you do it.