Despite some controversy, research shows that you can in fact favor the lower abs in an ab exercise.
With the upper and lower abs innervated by separate nerves… Stronger lower ab involvement can be achieved with certain moves.
BUT… That’s only if you do them right! See 3 big mistakes when training lower abs here! The reverse crunch is one of the most popular “lower ab” exercises. For good reason. It works. But only if…
This quick video won’t take long to watch. But it can save you a heck of a lot of wasted reps when it comes to your ab workouts! I think you’ll find this helpful.
P.S. At ATHLEAN-X, I actually like to target the abs in a very specific sequence. I call it my “6 Pack Progression”. It’s important to not just know what exercises to do but which general order you should do them in if you want the best results from your time spent training. Get over 125 ab exercises along with the 6 Pack Progression! Included in the ATHLEAN-X Training System here.
Jeff Cavaliere M.S.P.T, CSCS
Jeff Cavaliere is a Physical Therapist, Strength Coach and creator of the ATHLEAN-X Training Programs and ATHLEAN-Rx Supplements. He has a Masters in Physical Therapy (MSPT) and has worked as Head Physical Therapist for the New York Mets, as well as training many elite professional athletes in Major League Baseball, NFL, MMA and professional wrestling. His programs produce “next level” achievements in muscle size, strength and performance for professional athletes and anyone looking to build a muscular athletic physique.