The workout program in this manual does not include specific abdominal exercises. Why?
Compound weightlifting exercises work the abdominals very well – they strengthen them MUCH better than any specific ab exercise that isolates the abs.
You don’t need to add any extra abdominal exercises to get better looking abs or stronger abs.
Too many people waste their time working their abs in an attempt to get six-pack abs.
If you’ve read the WLC System Manual, you’ll know how to get the six-pack you’ve always wanted. You have to burn fat in order to see your abs. Most people have great looking abs under the layers of fat.
All you have to do is work on burning fat in order to see your abs. The compound exercises used in this program work the abs very well, so extra exercises aren’t needed for the abs. Your entire body is forced to work as a unit when lifting heavy weights with the 7 best compound weight lifting exercises.
Many of the mobility exercises you will use for warming up also work the abs and provide functional strength.
If you’re at a low body fat percentage and your abs look less than wonderful (most likely not going to happen), you might want to start adding some specific ab exercises that target the abdominals. Work on progressing just as you will on every other workout program.
You could even add a quick hanging crunch when doing chin ups if you want to prioritize your abs. There are many different ways to work your abs if you get to the point that they need to increase in size to look better.
Changing exercises often when you move to new weight lifting programs also help develop your abs. They will be worked differently and will become more functional and much stronger overall.
If you’re in the situation discussed above with a true weakness in your abs, I suggest you work your abs before or after your cardio sessions. Do not fatigue your abs before your weight lifting workouts as your abs are needed for every workout – you don’t want fatigue in your abs hurting your performance on any other exercise.