Great Upper Abdominal Workouts

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A great upper abdominal workout still targets both the upper and lower abs. Focus your workout with the help of a certified personal trainer in this free video.

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Hi, this is Jason Morgan with Muscleworx fitness in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Today, we're going to discuss upper abdominal workouts. When you're targeting the upper abdominal region, you want to make sure that you're getting a total abdominal workout. Remember that there are about 12 muscles that make up the abdominal girdle, or the core region of the body that we tend to refer to as the abs. You're not really going to target a specific upper ab muscle, because you've got this long sort of wall with the transverse abdominis and the rectis abdominis that make up what we tend to search for as that elusive six pack. It's kind of the holy grail of fitness. When you're going your upper ab routine so to speak, most of the time crunches or movements that involve only moving the shoulder girdle about 30 degrees off the floor using the abdominal wall to pull in towards the spine to actually pull the shoulder girdle forward. You tend to feel that targeted more in the upper region of the abs, because it is closer to your shoulders, and the upper area of your core. So, any type of crunching movement is going to help that. There are certain things you can do to hit other muscles such as the serratus, o the upper obliques. Those involve twisting movements, or holding weights above your head while you're laying flat on your back and kind of crunching up and keeping those weights, you know, perpendicular to the floor. When you come up, it tends to work the upper region of the abdominal area, and the serratus section of your body. So, you can do those, and target the upper region a little bit more like that. But, just a good, all around abdominal workout will get you the results you're after. Those are a few exercises that will target your upper abdominal area.

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