yeah yeah yeah yeah i know... another abs topic... well im not gonna ask you guys how i can get chiseled abs or the six pack of my dreams... no im much more simple than that... I want SOLID abs
i dont care if i have a six pack or a 8 pack or chiseled lines... I just want a solid looking stomach... one that pops out a bit... so my questions isnt how to define my stomach but more as to how to work it as a whole
i figure now that im squatting more and starting to deadlift I will notice an increase in the thickness of my stomach but im curious if there are any exercises i should be adding
Ab isolation seems to be the best for me. I set the situp bench to the highest possible point, in one gym I train in I put it on the top of a power rack so I am doing almost vertical situps and I use the ab crunch machine.
Try doing some stabilization training to strengthen your core, also focus on heavy lifting as mentioned earlier. I'm a power lifter and have massive abs but also a thick torso so my abs stick out through my shirt haha. Hanging Leg raises seem to be the best exercise for my style of lifting.
Weighted twists! get on the decline sit up bench. hold a 10 lb weight with arms extended in front of you, twist your torso until your arms are parallel to the floor, then twist to the other side until your arms are parallel to the floor on that side. do 20 reps each side!
if you are more concerned with solid abs, and less with them being chiseled, just stick to high weight, low rep type ab excersices, as you would with any otehr muscle group. I personally like rope pulldown curls (or whatever you call them), where you use a tricip rope while on your knees, and do a crunching motion. You can add a lot of weight on here, and do some good strength training.
Combine that with some of the other ab routines on here to hit specific areas (lower and obliques) and you should be in good shape.
Standing cable crunches (and/or sitting)
Decline bench crunchesStraight leg crunches (basically a crunch with your legs straight in the air spread apart a bit)
Overhead crunch (holding weight overhead)
Lower abs the next:
Lying reverse cable crunch
Hanging knee/straight leg raises
I do this three days in a row then repeat. Usually at least three sets of each exercise. Works amazingly well for my abs. People can punch me as hard as they want in the stomach and it hurts them more than it does me lol.