The 3 Best Ab Exercises that are not Ab Exercises

December 17, 2011

Picking the correct Ab Exercises to reduce body fat and tighten the abdominal muscles may appear like a simple idea, but actually putting the correct plan into action is the hard part.

Alternative AB Exercises

The correct ‘alternative’ Ab Exercises plan will take both dedication and time, but the end results will make all the effort well worth it. However, with the numerous ab exercises known today for getting great six pack abs, it’s important to pick the ones that will make those 6 pack abs appear – but the right ab exercises routine to make that actually happen may just surprise you.

The best options for high intensity, metabolism-boosting workouts are ones that do NOT focus on the abs directly but, instead, aim to work the entire body while also working on the abdominal muscles. This particular set of ‘alternative’ ab exercises is known as a ‘tri-set’ and are extremely effective when done together in sequence. They will give you one of the best ab workouts you’ve ever had without having to doing any of the usual, well-known (and mostly boring) ab exercises such as crunches or situps.

Here is the ab exercises tri-set:

  • Renegade Dumbbell Rows
  • Front Squats with a Barbell
  • Mountain Climbers on the Floor

Rep scheme to use
The mountain climber, due to the nature of this exercise, does not use the rep scheme so make use of a time interval instead – such as 30 seconds or more or less – depending on your level of fitness. The number of intervals you do will depend on how fast you do the exercise and your level of fitness. For the other two you could use say 3 or 4 sets of 8 reps or more sets for less reps – say 6 sets of 5 reps. Just remember to not go too hard in the beginning if you are just starting out.

Rest about 30 seconds after each exercise before commencing the next exercise and give yourself a 1 to 2 minute break between each ‘tri-set’. How many tri-sets you do is up to you. Just pace yourself and don’t overdo it. There’s always tomorrow – or the next day – you know.

Renegade Dumbell Rows

Start in a pushup position with your hands gripping 2 dumbbells. You then raise (or row up) one dumbbell while stabilizing your body using the other arm. Bring the dumbbell back to the ground and then raise (or row up) the other arm again stabilizing your body with the opposite arm.

Continue to alternate the arms for the number of reps you have decided to do. The stabilizing effect during the ‘rows’ puts tremendous pressure on your entire midsection area and you’ll know you’ve done a lot of work after a few of these.


Ab Exercises - The Renegade Row (left arm)

Ab Exercises - The Renegade Row (left arm)



>Ab Exercises - The Renegade Row (right arm)

Ab Exercises - The Renegade Row (right arm)


Front Squats with a Barbell

For those of you familiar with squats, front squats are very similar to back squats except that the barbell is in front of your body on the front of your shoulders instead of resting on the upper back as with the back squat. Stabilize the barbell on your shoulders while crossing your arms and pushing your fists into the barbell bar on your shoulders. Make sure you keep your elbows out in front of the body at all times. I know it sounds complicated but, with a little practice you’ll have it ‘down pat’. If you go to a gym you might like to ask one of the staff to help you with the correct form.

Due to the weight of the barbell shifting to the front of the body instead of the back, this exercise requires extreme strength from the abs due to the stabilization effect needed. Squats are better known as leg exercises but you’ll really begin to feel your abs after doing these.


Ab Exercises - The Front Squat (starting position)

Ab Exercises - The Front Squat (starting position)



Ab Exercises - The Front Squat (mid position)

Ab Exercises - The Front Squat (mid position)


Mountain Climbers on the Floor

As with the Renegade Dumbbell Rows, start in a pushup position and using a stair climbing motion, bring up one leg so that your knee moves to under your chest and then back out to the starting position. Do the same for the other leg. Then just keep alternating legs until your time interval is over. The faster you go (or climb), the harder you will work your body and your abdominal muscles.

Many people just starting out with this exercise do it in ‘slow motion’ until they get the rhythm – then they speed up. Do a bit of practice before launching into this one. It’s not as difficult to master as it sounds but it IS an exercise that really works your entire body. Others have stated that it’s sort of like watching someone climbing a mountain except that they are doing it on the floor.


Ab Exercises - The Mountain Climber (left leg)

Ab Exercises - The Mountain Climber (left leg)



Ab Exercises - The Mountain Climber (right leg)

Ab Exercises - The Mountain Climber (right leg)


Ab Exercises that are NOT Ab Exercises

These are just 3 exercises that make fantastic ab exercises without actually doing ab exercises. And they can be done anywhere really – you don’t need to be at a gym to do them. But keep in mind that, just like when strengthening any part of the body, daily commitment to any workout routine you choose to follow is the deciding factor in your success or failure.  It’s totally up to you.

To find out exactly what the best ab exercises are to finally lose all that belly fat and get that flat, lean, sexy stomach or those ripped abs, read about the Truth About Abs program – used by over a quarter of a million people worldwide.

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