Best Exercises For Chiseled Abs

Against popular belief, sit-ups and crunches are not the best exercises for developing chiseled abs and a tight, trim waistline. Yet I see dozens of people everyday in the gym doing these exercises until they are blue in the face. The most common misconception is that the rectus abdominis (6-pack muscle), is the best muscle to work for a spectacular midsection. It simply is not the case…

What you need to do is work the transversus abdominis muscle as well as the internal and external abdominal oblique muscles. These muscles act like a girdle and tighten up your midsection. This can be a great benefit even if you are not losing much weight in your fat loss program.

Why? Well for one, when you strengthen these muscles and create that tight girdle effect, it will actually shrink your waistline even though you haven’t lost any weight. It will appear as if you’ve lost inches.

A second and very important benefit is the increased support that is created when you strengthen the transversus abdominis and the internal and external abdominal oblique muscles. If you’ve got back problems, strengthening these muscles will play a key role in eliminating most of your problems.

These muscles are worked best when you do twisting and core stability movements. Here’s my top 10 abdominal exercises that target this area…

Remember that in order to achieve 6 pack abs you will need a solid nutrition program combined with resistance, interval, and cardio training. Not to mention a powerful ‘Unstoppable’ Mindset to drive you to fat loss success.

Enjoy the video and take the time incorporate them into your training. On a side note, I do less than 10 minutes of abs training each week. There’s no need for hundreds or thousands of reps. Increase the resistance and only do 10 reps for each exercise. Your abs will get worked with other exercises such as squats and anything else that requires stability.

Have an incredible day!

Scott Tousignant, BHK, CFC is the creator of Unstoppable Fat Loss… “Empower Your Mind… And Your Body Will Follow”. Scott has also authored 2 books that are transforming the bodies of people around the world. The Fit Chic and The Fit Bastard not only contain a FULL YEAR of workouts, they provide intense motivation to drive you to fat loss success.


  1. - Fitness Social Networking November 27, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Thankyou scott for this blog post. I always see people flailing around doing a million reps of ab exercises, thinking that they have to. The abs are a muscle, and when you work a muscle you’re supposed to do 10 reps (give or take a few) and gradually increase you resistance. Not twitch on the ground squirming all over the place for 30 minutes. You’re definately a guy who knows what he’s talking about.

  2. I really enjoy your posts. They make me want to get back into shape. Keep up the good work!

  3. Hey Scott – you got those 10 exercises in printed form so I can take to the gym with me? Or do at home?

    Thanks – you have my email right?

  4. I find that switching between my abs and calves every other day helps a lot, due to the fact that these muscles heal very quickly it allows you to overload them.

  5. That’s interesting. I remember doing loads of situps a day for 6 months a couple years back, to no avail. However I bought one of these “Ab Belts” recently, and I’m really seeing a difference. I’m not trying to loose weight, just gain abs.

  6. I’m a big fan of working multiple muscles at the same time to build strength, work on stability and burn more calories during your workout. When it comes to your abs, there are a number of great exercises and tools you can use to strengthen your core with more dynamic moves. One of the best ab tools you can invest in is an exercise ball which can be used for a variety of moves like the ones featured in this core workout. Because you must stabilize your body on the ball, you use more muscle groups than traditional ab exercises.

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