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Abs of Iron?

I'm not a big fan of Sit-ups and I can count on one hand the number of times I've done them in the last ten years or so.  They are at best a cosmetic exercise and at it worse a great way to overtax your back.  So what do I recommend you do to tighten up your abs?  No surprise that I would recommend Kettlebells, the RKC Plank and the WOP (aka The Ab Wheel) right?  Well - I'm not the only one who thinks that the combination of Kettlebells (in particular the Turkish Get-up) and the WOP are the key to a truly strong midsection.  Check out this article by Bret Contreras on the T-Nation website for more information as to why these two exercises scored so high in their effectiveness in building a strong and resilient abdominal wall.  BTW - surprising the Chin-up also scored very high in ab recruitment... you've been warned!

 

Here's an additional video explaining the RKC Plank if you're already familiar with the exercise:

 

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