The upper abdominals are just one area of the stomach that has to be exercised to improve core strength, posture and to achieve that elusive six-pack with the lower and side abs also having to be worked. Combined with a healthy diet, a washboard stomach is achievable. Here are some of the best upper abs exercises:
1. The Bicycle Crunch
Lying on the floor with hands behind your head lightly holding it, bend your right knee to your chest and bring your left elbow across so they are touching if possible. At the same time, extend the left leg out keeping it slightly raised off the floor. Ensure your torso is twisting before repeating the exercise on the opposite side.
2. Hip Lift
Lying on your back with arms to the side and palms down, slowly raise both legs straight, until the soles of your feet are facing the ceiling and at a right angle to your torso. Then lift your hips off the floor concentrating on using your abs to do so. Hold for 1 – 2 seconds and return your hips to the floor, before repeating.
3. Stomach Crunch
By pulling the pelvis and ribcage together, this targets the abs far more. Lying on the floor, raise your legs with knees bent at a ninety-degree angle so calves are parallel to the floor. With hands lightly held behind the head, crunch your torso upwards towards your thighs with knees remaining at the ninety-degree angle. Use your abs to lift, not your neck, before slowly returning to a position where your shoulders remain slightly off the ground.