11 Ideas for Using Everyday Household Items to Work Out at Home

11 Ideas for Using Everyday Household Items to Work Out at Home

You don’t have to have a gym membership or a set of exercise equipment to be able to have a full and effective at-home workout – there are plenty of ways to make use of common items and furniture you likely already have sitting around the house.

These are just some of the things you can use in your workout to take your next sweat session to the next level.

11 Items to Build a Workout in Your Home

The Wall

You can take advantage of any old wall for a surprisingly large range of at-home exercises.

Try a wall-sit to work both your glutes and quads by simply standing with your back facing the wall, and bending your knees to a 90-degree angle as if you are sitting down on an invisible chair with your back pressed against the wall for stability. Using a wall is also helpful for a variety of stretches for all parts of your body.

The Stairs

Without having to spend a fortune on an exercise machine like a Stairmaster, you can easily reap the same results from just using a staircase – whether this is inside your own house, in your apartment building, or outside somewhere, you can walk or run up and down the stairs to get you heart pumping. This is a great workout for your glutes and a simple form of cardio. It also allows you to customize your workout by alternating walking, running and sprinting up and down a set of stairs.

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A Towel

If you do not have resistance bands, you can easily substitute with a towel; simply hold it between your hands and continue to exercise as you would with resistance bands. You can also use a towel to up your planking game – place a small towel underneath your feet and assume the regular plank position, then slowly slide your feet to the side, spreading your legs apart and back together again in a controlled manner.

You can also use a towel (often a beach towel is most useful) as an impromptu yoga mat if you don’t have one lying around or your flooring is carpeted and difficult to practice yoga and stretches on. If your floor is smooth, you could also use the towels folded up for sliding exercises.

Paper Plates

You can also use paper plates for sliding exercises, which are an easy way to make your workout more difficult. Simply place the paper plates under your feet to make lunges harder or add them to any number of other standard bodyweight exercises to increase the level of control you will need to have when performing them.

Bottles, Cans, or Containers

You don’t need a full set of weights or dumbbells to get in a good muscle workout at home – you can simply pick up anything around the house that you can hold easily and that also has a good weight to it. This could be anything from canned foods or soup cartons to water bottles and cleaning products like jugs of laundry detergent. With these household items, try out some new moves like overhead presses, front raises, or triceps kickbacks.

Using a gallon bottle of water is about equal to 8 pounds, so they can easily be used as a substitute for a dumbbell. The bottles are also easy to grip since they already have handles. Just make sure the bottles are tightly sealed so you do not end up with a huge spill to clean up.

Some people have even used beer bottles – a full bottle of beer can be a great alternative to using weights or in place of lightweight dumbbells. They are also easy to grip and a common household item many people have on hand.

A Broom

While sweeping the house can be a workout in itself, you may not realize you can also use your broom to do a whole bunch of other exercises while you clean, including oblique twists, hip hinges, or simple lunges to work your glutes, hips, core, and quads. People have also found inventive ways to use brooms for resistance exercises, for example.

Chairs

Any chair can be used to work out at home if you have one available that is sturdy and has no wheels. Bringing a simple chair into your usual workout routine can be helpful – you can easily use them to practice perfecting your squats or work on your leg raises. If you have two chairs on hand, you can set them up side by side and practice some triceps dips. There are even workout routines available online and YouTube videos based entirely around using a chair as the center of the workout.

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Countertops

Using your countertops can upgrade your push-ups by practicing elevated push-ups against the counter. This is also an easy exercise to fit into your daily life by squeezing a few countertop push-ups in between kitchen activities like boiling the kettle or pre-heating the oven.

Pillows and Couch Cushions

Any pillow or cushion (couch cushions work well) can be a great – and cheap – alternative to exercise balance tools. You can simply stand on them while performing any number of exercises to add an element of instability to your workout and make your body work a little harder. You can try anything from push-ups to squats using this technique.

A Backpack

Fill up a backpack with heavy objects like books, cans of food, bottles of water, or anything else you have lying around the house to make any household chore or daily activity a little more difficult. Try strapping on a heavy backpack and cleaning up as usual or add a weighted backpack to your normal workout routine to make simple moves like squats, push-ups, or lunges. You can also switch up your technique very easily with this by taking the weighted backpack off of your back and hold it in your hands to use it as a regular weight to perform shoulder presses or curls, or you can use it as a makeshift dumbbell to do some kettlebell swings or other weight exercises.

Books

If you can find any heavy books sitting on shelves in your house, collecting dust, pick it up and use it in place of a (much more expensive) weight plate or medicine ball – you can practice weighted oblique twists, weighted sit-ups, or any other standard bodyweight exercise with a small upgrade!

Whether you decide to use any of these household items in your workouts or not, you can easily get in a decent amount of exercise from the comfort of your own home and without having to invest your money on potentially expensive exercise equipment.

There are plenty of resources available online including easy workout plans for at-home exercise and plenty of YouTube videos to guide you through it.

In addition to this, there are more apps than ever offering workout guides, plans, routines, and even personal trainers, so you can access these from your phone with ease.


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6 Strategies to 10x Your Results when Working Out

6 Strategies to 10x Your Results when Working Out

The moment when you finally hit your stride with your workout routine is seriously the best. It’s like the honeymoon phase of a new relationship.

Everything is (relatively) easy. You feel like you’re on top of the world. Nothing can slow you down.

Until suddenly, it happens: You hit the dreaded workout plateau. Now, you’re no longer seeing results, and your motivation is all but gone. What are you supposed to do now?

Well, as we see it, you have three options:

  1. quit (but you’re no quitter, are you?);
  2. keep doing the same workout routine and growing increasingly frustrated with your lack of progress, or
  3. bust through your fitness plateau by leveling up your workouts.

If you want to start seeing results again, there is no question that option number three is the best course of action.

So, how do you make it happen?

6 Useful Strategies for Making Your Workouts Better

Create your workout playlists, pack your bag with essential workout gear and follow these pro tips to get yourself out of your fitness rut.

1. Switch up the intensity

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel with your workouts to maximize your results. If you enjoy hopping on the stationary bike in the morning and blasting T-Swift on your phone, then by all means, keep doing it! But instead of pedaling for 45 minutes straight at the same intensity, try switching up the intensity with an interval workout.

An interval workout involves periods of high-intensity mixed in with low and medium intensity and, according to research, it’s super effective at blasting fat.

In a 2017 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers found that interval workouts can burn up to 28.5 percent more fat than a continuous workout with moderate intensity.

If you normally use the bike for 45 minutes on a low intensity, try doing a 20-minute bike interval workout instead. Start your ride with easy pedaling for five minutes, dispersed with moderate, high-intensity and all-out pedaling before cooling down for another five minutes. Trust us, you’ll be feeling it in your legs the next day.

2. Try something completely new

Okay, we know that we just said you didn’t need to reinvent the wheel with your workouts, but hear us out: Trying a new workout routine can do your body some serious good. Like, a lot of good. As in, omg-I-can-finally-see-my-abs kind of good.

That’s because your body eventually adapts to exercise after about 4-16 weeks of the same workout routine. Once that happens, your progress will come to a screeching halt until you make a change in your workout.

While interval training is an effective way to challenge your body, why not try something new and exciting?

Replace one of your running workouts with a kickboxing class. Swap a cardio session for yoga (which is packed with workout-enhancing benefits, by the way). Who knows? You may just find a new type of exercise to get you excited all over again.

3. Fuel up the right way

Sorry to break this to you, but your low-calorie diet is secretly sabotaging your workouts.

Yep, it’s true. In fact, when it comes to fitness, undereating is arguably much, much worse than overeating. That’s because eating a low-calorie diet won’t provide your body with the proper nutrients it needs to fuel your workout, which inevitably leads to you feeling tired and unmotivated to do that extra rep or mile.

Furthermore, not all calories are created equal. If you’re not eating enough carbohydrates (an essential macronutrient), your body will eventually rely on the protein in your muscles as fuel, which is the last thing you want!

To fuel your body properly, start counting your macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins). If you don’t know how to do that, use this helpful macronutrient guide or see a certified nutritionist who can help you. Also, don’t be alarmed if your nutritionist tells you to eat way more carbs than you’re used to! Just trust the process. We promise that you’ll look and feel a million times better once you start fueling your body with the proper macronutrients.

4. Wear comfortable workout gear

Look, we can all admit that exercise isn’t the most comfortable thing in the world. You’re sweating, your face is flushed and all you can think about is taking that glorious shower after you’re finished. But while exercise itself is generally uncomfortable, that doesn’t mean you need to make it a million times worse by wearing the wrong workout gear.

The wrong shorts can cause chafing. The wrong bra can cause breast pain. The wrong shoes can cause painful blisters that put you off your running game for an entire week or more. In other words, you need to make sure you’re wearing appropriate clothing that won’t slow you down or negatively impact your performance. Prioritize your comfort and you’ll be amazed at how much more motivated you are to do that one additional rep!

5. Set specific goals

When you first started working out, you probably had one goal: Just show up. Get in the gym, do the thing and pat yourself on the back. And to be perfectly fair, that’s a worthy fitness goal—for a fitness newbie. Now that you want to take your workouts to the next level, you can no longer just wander into the gym without a plan. Not if you want to see progress, that is.

So, what do you want out of your fitness regimen?

Do you want to build more muscle? Increase your running speed? Or maybe you just want to get enviable abs like Kate Beckinsale (can you believe she’s 46?! Talk about #bodygoals).

No matter what your fitness goal, it’s important that you know what you want out of your workouts. By knowing the final destination, you can create a fitness road map to get you there much, much quicker.

6. Throw strength training into the mix

We get it, you’re obsessed with cardio. It’s comfortable, familiar and part of your daily grind. But while cardio is an important part of any fitness routine, it shouldn’t be the only thing you do. Strength training offers a slew of health benefits and maybe the thing that takes your workouts to the next level.

You don’t even need any equipment to get started. Your body is the equipment! Bodyweight workouts involving squats, pushups and reverse lunges are a super-effective way to train and will help build muscle that boosts your cardio workouts. Plus, you can also use resistance bands, kettlebells, and medicine balls to take your workout to the next level. Before too long, you’ll be looking in the mirror and thinking hot DANG!

Don’t let yourself fall into a fitness slump. Use these pro tips to get back in the game!


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9 Straight-forward Reasons to Be Doing More Calisthenics 

9 Straight-forward Reasons to Be Doing More Calisthenics 

There’s a saying that “Any exercise is better than no exercise”, and while this may be true, not all exercises are made equal.

While we’re not going to go into the pros and cons of each different type of training, what we’ll look at today are 9 reasons why bodyweight training is so popular and effective.

In fact, it was one of the top fitness trends of 2019. This trend was the same the year before and will maintain its position for a long time to come.

9 Straight-forward Reasons to Be Doing More Calisthenics

1. Strengthens your muscles

For starters, bodyweight training is just as effective for developing muscular strength. You do not need barbells and dumbbells. Push-ups, squats, etc. and all their variations can be extremely challenging and strengthen your body immensely.

2. Builds lean muscle mass

A common mistake many people make is engaging in too much slow cardio. They jog endlessly on the treadmill and their bodies don’t really see much transformation because the cardio sessions do not build much muscle mass.

Bodyweight training, however, will not only sculpt and tone your body, but it will increase your muscle mass. Just take a look at the bodies of Olympic gymnasts. There are flexible, fit and sinewy… and it’s mostly from bodyweight training.

3. Increases speed

With bodyweight training, you can aim for speed. Doing push-ups, burpees, squats, mountain climbers, etc. fast can help you build speed.

You can’t achieve speed by doing bench presses or leg presses fast. You’ll just injure yourself. You need bodyweight training. In fact, guess what sprinting is?

It’s a form of bodyweight training too. You’re carrying your body and running at high speeds.

4. Builds muscular endurance

Have you ever wondered why the military makes the soldiers do countless push-ups, crunches and other bodyweight exercises?

They’re building muscular endurance in the troops. That’s why.

It may be a boost to one’s ego being able to bench press or deadlift more weight than the other members at the gym. But very often, these are just for a few reps before one is exhausted.

What happens when you need to do a ton of physical work over a long period of time? Very often, the gym rats will be gassed out because their muscles are strong but lack endurance.

Bodyweight training that involves tons of reps over and over will develop muscular endurance like no other.

5. Recruits more muscle fibers

Unlike weight training which has isolation movements to target specific muscle groups, most weight training uses compound movements.

So, you’ll be targeting several different muscle groups and recruiting more muscle fibers while you constantly work your core. This makes the exercises more efficient.

6. Aids in weight management

If you’re struggling to lose weight, bodyweight training is perfect for you. When done fast with minimal rest, it becomes a form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). When done slowly, it’s resistance training.

Either way, you’ll be burning calories and it’s more effective than conventional cardio because it boosts your metabolism, burns fat and still helps to retain your precious lean muscle.

7. Builds an asymmetric body

There’s no denying the fact that the bodybuilding scene these days is replete with people who are freakishly big and have bellies that jut out from using growth hormones and so on. No longer is the goal of being aesthetically-pleasing, but it’s all about getting as big as you can.

Most people dislike this monstrous look. Bodyweight training will never make you a caricature of fitness. You’ll develop a muscular, lean body which is symmetric and pleasing to the eye. You’ll be strong and look great at the same time.

8. Lower chance of injury

You’ll be less likely to injure yourself with bodyweight training than you would with conventional weight training. With heavyweights, you might cause chronic injury if your form slips for a second.

Bodyweight training is a much safer protocol and a lot more forgiving.

9. Increases confidence and self-esteem

Confidence comes from knowing that you’re making progress and doing what you need to do. Since bodyweight training is convenient and can be done almost anywhere, you’ll be much more likely to do it and stick to the training program you’ve set for yourself.

It’s effective and will get you results within a couple of months. Once you’ve achieved the body you desire, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve achieved your goal. Your sense of self-esteem will increase by leaps and bounds.

If this isn’t enough reason to make bodyweight training a part of your life, nothing is. Get started today.


 

The Best Cannabis Strains for Your Workout

The Best Cannabis Strains for Your Workout

Are you looking to know about the best indica strains as well as ways that cannabis strains can improve your workout? Can it really help get more out of a workout? Learn more about this concept in the following article.

The difference between cannabis strains

Strains are broken down into two – the sativa and the indica groups. You have probably bumped into them while purchasing at a brick and mortar shop in your location if cannabis is legal in your territory.

The best indica strains are perfect for relaxing as a nightcap before bed. It can also induce drowsiness, making it an ideal choice for those suffering from a sleep disorder like insomnia.

Medicinal Cannabis

On the other hand, sativa strains can provide you with an uplifting and invigorating effect. It is the ideal choice among fitness seekers who want to up their performance and improve their workout results. Sativa is also for creative projects, social gatherings, and physical activities.

What is the Indica strain of Cannabis?

Indica is typically bushy, short and notable for its wide leaves. It also grows fast and delivers a higher yield than its counterpart can. In addition, this strain is known for its lower THC and higher CBD content.

A few of the major qualities of the medicinal strain are decreased nausea, reduced acute pain, increased appetite, improved mental relaxation, and higher dopamine levels. It can also lead to better muscle relaxation and ideal for nighttime use.

What is the Sativa strain of Cannabis?

It can offer the opposite of Indica strains. This plant grows thin with narrow leaves and tall in height. It also has a lighter green shade than Indica has. The cannabis strain also needs more light to grow and mature fast.

The daytime use Sativa also produces higher THC and lower CBD. A few of its qualities are anti-anxiety, increased creativity and focus, chronic pain treatment and increased serotonin that regulates mood, learning, appetite, anxiety, sleep, and mood.

Can Cannabis Help for a Workout?

Yes, cannabis can help for a workout, according to certain studies.

In recent years, numerous clinical data reviews and research have been done and concluded that cannabis can aid for a workout.

Being more accessible for its non-psychoactive effects for an athlete, CBD offers more benefits for a workout. It can help reduce stress, promote endocrine regulation, and treat inflammation or soreness between workouts.

Using topical creams, capsules and sprays can reduce the soreness and stiffness after a workout, resulting in a great condition and flexibility the next workout day. It can also be a great alternative at less risk than another option is.

Cannabis can also help in recovering from injuries that might happen, so fitness seekers have a recovery plan after a workout. Marijuana could be a reasonable alternative than an opioid is in terms of safety. THC extracts are also as effective but not addictive.

The Benefits of Using Cannabis for a Workout

What are the benefits of using cannabis for a workout? Aside from what’s already mentioned earlier, there are more benefits you need to know. Check out the following for some ideas.

Better focus

Cannabis can help you focus better in addition to reduced soreness, improved performance, and increased endurance, which are much needed during a workout. With cannabis, you’ll be able to improve your reps and sets. It can help reduce inflammation and promote better focus in your workouts, so you can work harder and push yourself to the limits as it also soothes any pain.

Reduced pre-workout recovery

Pre-workout anxiety can sometimes stop you from working out simply because you cannot muster motivation or enthusiasm to put on those running shoes or go to the gym. Cannabis can help overcome pre-workout anxiety.

Tougher workout

If you want a tougher, better workout, you might also benefit from CBD products for exercise, but it may be dependent on the type of workout you’re doing.

For example, if you need to deepen your poses and quiet your mind, you might want a bit of THC like if were a yogi.

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However, you should not go for THC because it might make you lose coordination and balance if you are going to a Crossfit class. Or before a HIIT class, you might want a CBD if you want to remain upright and alert, not sedated.

Faster recovery

As cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties, it can also aid in faster workout recovery, which is one of the essentials especially among bodybuilders that might suffer heavy muscle soreness after a long bodybuilding session.

Elevated metabolism

Cannabis can elevate metabolism that might help you with your workouts at the gym. It can also aid in lowering cholesterol and speeding fat loss.

There you have what to know about how cannabis can help for a workout. Again, it can reduce pre-workout anxiety, promote a tougher workout and aid in better focus. It can be what you need for a better workout result. Learn more about the best indica strains and sativa strains today!


Author Bio: Rebecca Akers is an enthusiastic and creative writer at THC Design. Her main goal is to spread information about growing cannabis and its health benefits.


5 Quick and Simple Tips for Exercising When You Are Super Busy

5 Quick and Simple Tips for Exercising When You Are Super Busy

For some people, the 24 hours in a day is still not enough to fit in a workout schedule. Between struggling to balance a busy career with family life and possibly studies, it may seem like there is hardly any time left to exercise regularly.

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Check out this article for some easy body weight workouts.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to give up on your desire to lose those extra pounds, build up your muscles or tone up your body. All you have to do is find creative ways of fitting effective exercises into your daily schedule. To help you achieve this goal, here are five simple but effective tips for exercising when you’re busy.

5 Quick and Simple Tips for Exercising When You Are Super Busy

Tip 1 – Choose Efficient Workouts

To get the most out of your busy schedule, go for efficient workouts that burn more fat in less time while keeping your metabolism high for hours after exercising. Bodyweight exercises, high intensity interval training (HIIT) and kettlebell training are just some of the many efficient exercise options available to you that can be used to burn fat, build up your muscles, improve your cardiovascular fitness and much more in very little time.

“HIIT me baby one more time!”

Tip 2 – Focus On What You Like

Making your workout fun by choosing activities that you like is a great way to stay committed to exercise during busy times. If you’re doing something you enjoy, you’ll actually want to exercise and will therefore make the time to workout, regardless of how busy you are. If you choose exercises that you don’t enjoy, the opposite will happen and you’ll find yourself constantly making excuses to avoid working out.

Tip 3 – Make Exercise A Family Activity

Is family one of the things keeping you too busy to work out? If so, turn the time you spend with your family into family workout time. Cycling, hiking and jogging are just some of the many fun outdoor activities you can enjoy with your family and will help you stay fit while spending quality time with your loved ones.

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Tip 4 – Workout In The Morning

If you cannot find the time to exercise during the day or in the evening when you get home from work, make exercising your number one priority by becoming an early riser. You’ll have enough time to engage in an effective workout session if you wake up a few hours before you have to leave for work. Doing exercises first thing in the morning will also help you stay consistent because it’s the first thing you do before any other tasks or obligations come your way.

If you do start exercising in the morning, make sure you don’t sacrifice your sleep. You still need to be getting at least six hours of quality sleep every night to workout effectively. Sleeping for less than this will have a detrimental effect on your workout performance and results.

Tip 5 – Workout During Your Lunch Break

Instead of spending your entire lunch break sitting at your desk, take that opportunity to sneak in a workout. A one hour lunch break offers you plenty of time to go for a walk or hit the gym for a fast paced 30 minute workout followed by a shower and nutritious meal. Not only does a lunchtime workout allow you to fit exercise into your busy routine but it also has a rejuvenating effect and makes you much more productive for the rest of the day.

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Summary

No matter how busy you are, you can always find time to implement one of the suggestions in this article and add exercise to your routine. So choose one that suits your current lifestyle best and start implementing it today.

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In the Gym: The 7 Best Exercises for Unbelievable Six-Packs

In the Gym: The 7 Best Exercises for Unbelievable Six-Packs

Be it in the gym or at home, if you tried every trick in the book to build a six-pack, but still haven't achieved it yet, you are in the right place!

With everyone in the fitness industry talking about incredible ab transformations, it's only natural you want to be part of it too. Even though the hype created around home workout routines might have convinced you that's the way to go, working out only at home is not enough.

Also, another thing you have to keep in mind is that a proper diet is always essential for getting six-packs abs. So, if you are ready to know what are the best exercises, which will help you get the six pack abs you’ve always wanted, you can start by doing these seven key  ab exercises at the gym.

1. Hanging Leg Circles

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While most workouts focus on one particular muscle, this exercise works on all of your muscles at once.

Apart from letting you get six pack abs fast, Hanging Leg Circles will help you to strengthen your muscles including your arms, back, and legs. Also, while doing this exercise, you can burn a considerable amount of fat in your body, so integrating it into your daily routine will come with amazing advantages.

How to do it:

Start by holding on the pull-up bar with your palms parallel to each other. While keeping your legs straight in the air draw a big circle in one direction. Next, repeat the circle, in the reversed direction. Avoid rocking back and forth and brace your abs tight while performing the exercise. Avoid rocking back and forth and brace your abs tight while performing the exercise.

Read also: 13 Effective Workouts to Crush Your Fitness Resolutions

2. Ab Wheel Rollout

The ab wheel workout is an excellent exercise which targets not only your abs, but also your hips, shoulders, triceps, and latissimus dorsi.

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How to do it:

After you kneel on the floor, hold the handles of the ab roller with your hands. Slowly push your hips forward and roll out the ab wheel as far as you can, all the while keeping your back flat and the arms extended in front of your body. Push your hips to the extent so that you can not roll in anymore and then slowly bring your hips back to the starting position.

3. Pull-up Bar workout

Even though some people think that pull-ups are actually legitimate exercise for arms, this workout routine targets many abdominal exercises. For anybody who wants to have a ripped six-pack ab, pull-ups are undoubtedly crucial.

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How to do it:

Grip tightly on the pull-up bar with a shoulder-width grip, palms towards you.  Cross and bend your legs behind you, and pull yourself up until your collarbone reaches the pull-up bar. To finish the movement, lower yourself without touching the floor while making sure at the same time that your elbows are straight.

4. Horizontal Seated Leg Press

Horizontal Seated Leg Press will not only help you to maintain a harmonious physique, but it will also help you to develop and target all the major muscles of your body.

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How to do it:

Start by resting your back and head comfortably on the padded support of the equipment. Next, place your legs wide apart forming a 90 degrees  angle at the knees on the platform. Hold on the assist handles, then brace your abdominal muscles and push the platform with the help of your heels.

Before returning to the starting position, stop for a moment and inhale. While inhaling, gradually bend the knees while keeping your head against the seat pad. Note that the knees and back should be held flat throughout the exercise.

5. Roman Chairs Crunch

If you want to get that slim waist and also burn extra fat, roman chair crunches are an excellent way to reach your goals. This type of exercise focuses on the lower back, an area of the body that many people tend to overlook while exercising. Besides, you'll get killer abs!

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How to do it:

Pull a roman chair in an upright position while putting your pads as low as possible. Afterward, get on the chair and hook your legs under the pads.

Lower yourself to a certain limit and then get back to the starting position. Keep in mind that you need to squeeze your abs on the way up.

6. Standing Biceps Cable Bar

For beginners, this exercise is one of the best and quickest ways to get a sick pack. Besides, biceps cable curl is the only exercise which includes upper arm biceps muscles that are  beneficial to both men and women.

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How to do it:

Stand up straight while holding a cable curl bar. Keep your elbows close to the torso while you grab the cable bar at shoulder width. Don't move your upper arm while your steadily lower the curls cable as you breathe out. Note that only the forearms should move. Continue the exercise until your biceps are nearer to the bar. Afterward, bring your arms to the starting position and repeat the movement.

7. Seated Chest-Press

Chest press muscle exercise is excellent for toning and strengthening the abdominal muscles, and it also helps to burn any extra calories.

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How to do it:

First, when starting this exercise, you need to grasp the handles and push the bars away from your chest area while you breathe out. Pay attention to your elbows,  and perform the movement without locking them out. Focus on inhaling as you come back to the starting position. Besides, by doing the seated chest-press, your upper ab muscles will get more definition while your body fat percentage will get lower.

If you can put into practice all these exercises above, you'll soon find yourself in excellent shape and finally get the six-packs abs you always wanted!

So, don't wait until tomorrow, and step into the gym today!

After all, it all comes down to building an inner discipline that will make you exercise on a regular basis, which will mold in return the body of your dreams.

Once you stop waiting for magical transformation and get ready to put in all the required work, the stunning six-packs you always wanted will soon start showing.


Author Bio: Lyuthar Jacobs

Lyuthar is a Health and Lifestyle addict who blogs at Dealslands.co.uk. He is that kind of geek who loves to write about Lifestyle hacks, Money Saving, and Finance. In the above post, he is sharing tips on what are the best exercises for building an incredible sick pack.

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