Powerful Barbell Ab Workouts & Exercises


After sharing abdominal workouts with kettlebell and dumbbells, I would like to share with you a few barbell exercises for abs. Using a barbell for core training is not very common, but you will see there are some activities which strengthen and tone muscles efficiently. You can use these movements to modify your abs workout routine a bit and to work the core muscles unusually.

In my opinion, these activities can also help a lot with fat loss as several muscle groups should work together. That way your body requires more energy, so it will burn more calories.

Before including any of these barbell ab workouts, please, keep in mind that, you must be well-warmed up before doing any of these moves. Besides, do not use big amount of weights in order to perform the motions correctly and avoid injuries.

Now let me show you the barbell core exercises and workouts I found.

Swing for Abs

This is one of the most well-known core exercises with a barbell which is used by athletes. It works the entire core, but it is really beneficial for oblique muscles. Until, you get used to the movement do not use any weights and as you get familiar with it you can put on some extra weights. Be careful, this move needs strong lower back.


Barbell Core Training

The exercises in this video help to develop the rotational strength. Besides, as they are compound movements, you will enjoy the cardio benefits as well.


Ab Rollout

The motion is similar to the one you do if you use an ab wheel. However, it is maybe harder since, besides your body weight, you must handle the weight of the barbell and the weights as well.


Barbell Russian Twist

Want to work your obliques? Then, here is an alternative oblique twist which is excellent for that. Although, in order to get the best outcome, you should do the movement accurately, so follow the guidelines in the video.


Rotational Core Workout

This is an advanced core exercise, so it is not the best for beginners, since it needs really strong midsection.


Barbell Exercises for Abs : Fitness Tips for Women

Though, this video was made for women, you can get a few ideas on how to use this equipment to enhance the common exercises such as crunches, sit-ups, etc.


Finally, here is a sample routine in which legs and abs are combined.


Source: lushiouslifts.com

As you see above barbell is a very useful equipment for core training. Add a few of these activities to your workout routine and you will see that they work.

RelatedAre you interested in more exercises using various equipment, check the workouts category here.

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