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5 hardest ab workouts

Getting bored of doing push-ups and planks? Check out 5 of the hardest ab workouts known to man.

1.Standing barbell rollout

If you’re able to do the ab wheel then this should be no problem for you as this is the variation of the classic.

HOW TO DO IT: Load barbell and put it in front of you. Bend forward at the waist and grab the bar with an overhand grip. Next, you need to roll the bar out, keeping your toes on the ground. The hardest part would be pulling back the bar toward your body and returning to the bent position.

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2.Swiss ball bird dog

It might look and sound easy but it is definitely not.

HOW TO DO IT: Position your body face down on a Swiss ball, for best result try to put it under your belly button. Your feet and palms should be on the floor then slowly raise your left arm and right leg until they’re in line with your torso. Hold and switch sides simultaneously.

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3.Human flag

We would like to believe only the fittest can perform this.

HOW TO DO IT: Getting the right pole is going to be the tricky part as you need to find one that’s sturdy yet thin so you can grasp it properly. Then, grab it using underhand grip toward the bottom with your non-dominant hand and higher up with your dominant hand. Lock your bottom elbow and lean your body away from the pole. Squeeze tightly with your top arm and lift your legs up. Try holding this position for 10 seconds.

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4. L-sit

Another “looks easy but it’s not” workout.

HOW TO DO IT: For first-timers, get two benches and place it a little wider than shoulder-width. Get between the benches and form an L shape with your body. Your arms should be straight at your sides and legs out in front of you.

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5.L-sit pull up

HOW TO DO IT: Hang from a pull-up bar with an overhand grip and proceed to do the L-sit as per instructions above.

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