Exercises to help build abdominal muscles 

Are you wanting to get chiseled abs, fast? Then this is the article for you! The trick to getting a toned tummy is to engage in workouts that target this trouble area. While appropriate diet and regular workouts are key, doing these moves should help.
Whether you are strapped for time or just looking to achieve results faster, then these workouts are for you.  Read on to see how you can start building your abdominal muscles today. 
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1. Leg crunches 
Health indicates that this move will definitely target your abs. To do, lie on your back with your knees bent in the air. Keep your hands positioned palm down under your bottom. Engage your lower abs as you raise your head and bring your knees in. Extend back out. For added difficulty you can place a dumbell between your feet. 
2. Oblique Crunches 
Oblique crunches work to engage your abdominal muscles. To do this exercise Men's Health says you should start on your back with your knees bent. Place your elbows at your head. Lift first with your left elbow crossing your body to the opposite side Repeat for the other elbow. 
3. Boat Pose
This simple yoga move can really engage your abs. An article from Health says to start with your feet on the ground and your chest lifted. Engage your ab muscles as you raise your legs straight up and extend your arms out. Hold the position. The idea here is to build strength and hold the pose for a longer period over time. 
4. Medicine Ball Slams
Men's Health indicates that this workout is an effective way to shred ab fat. To do, stand with your knees slightly bent with a medicine ball held over your head. Use your abdominal muscles to slam the ball against the floor. Take care to actually engage your ab muscles and not your back or shoulder muscles. Watch out for low ceilings! 
5. Crab Walk
While the crab walk may look like a silly game, it definitely works wonders for your stomach according to Men's Health. Start with your arms lifted and your knees bent. Take care to make sure your hips are elevated as much as possible to engage your abs. Use your hands and feet to walk your body along the floor. 
6. Plank
While it may not be the most exciting exercise, the good old-fashioned plank really pulls in your abdominals helping you form a six-pack. An article from Health indicates to make this move work for you, you must keep your back straight and your tummy pulled in. Simply keep your body elevated by balancing on  your feet and elbows. Work to hold the move for longer as your build strength .
7. Ab Rollout 
To complete this exercise described in ExRx, you simply need an exercise ball and a bit of focus. Begin on your knees behind the ball. Extend yourself forward as you straighten your elbows out as far as you can go. Pull your body back until you are back in the upright position. Be careful to keep your elbows as straight as possible. Extending your abdominals gives a nice stretch and a great workout. 
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