Linn Lowes demonstrated exercises that can target either the upper or lower abs with the most recent video series on her Instagram page. In the shared post, the fitness trainer used split-screen clips to show the subtle differences between the exercises for each region of the six-pack muscle.
In the first slide, she lay on a mat for each move. In the exercise for the lower abs, she placed her arms at her sides as she alternated extending her legs forward while her head and shoulders were raised off of the floor. In the move for the upper abdominals, she performed a crunch as she raised a knee toward her chest. As she did so, she stretched her opposite arm toward the lifted leg.
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UPPER OR LOWER ABS? Never ending question, hehe! Here’s some useful (I hope!) information for you babes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⚠️ Our Rectus Abdominis (6 pack muscle) is ONE muscle. Meaning, you CAN NOT isolate one part (upper, lower or middle) of that muscle. What you CAN do is chosing exersices that puts more emphasis on the part you want to focus on. Again, put more emphasis and isolate is not the same thing. When performing a ”upper part” exercise your ”lower part” will also be involved, just not AS MUCH as your upper part! Hope that makes sense, hehe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❕ In general you can say, if you lift your legs your lower abs will do most of the work. If you lift your upper body your upper part will be doing the most work. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❕There’s also a difference between training your visible ab muscles and your inner core. But that we can chat about in another video/post, if you want me to? Let me know! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▶️▶️▶️ SWIPE to see examples of ab exercises that focus on upper & lower part of your Rectus Abdominis. ????TAG your friends and let’s go! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ???? Song: Kevin Gates – Satellites (Wiz Khalifa Remix)
In the second slide, she stayed on the mat and raised both legs simultaneously for the exercise that targeted the lower abs. As for the upper abs, Linn started with her knees bent and jutting out to the side while the soles of her feet pushed against each other. Then with both arms outstretched and her hands pointing toward her feet, she repeatedly lifted and lowered her torso.
For the lower ab exercise in the third slide, Linn kept her torso on the ground while she raised and lowered both legs. For the upper abs, she performed a standard crunch.
In the fourth and final slide, Linn stayed in the same position to target her lower abs, but in this clip, she started with her legs raised. She lowered them until they were almost to the ground before she pulled her knees into her chest. Then she started the move all over again. To train her upper abs, Linn started with her torso on the ground and kept her head lifted and her knees raised. She held her arms above her head as well.
As Linn raised her torso toward her knees, she lowered her arms and then clapped her hands underneath her knees.
The post has been liked more than 28,000 times and over 300 Instagram users have commented on it. In the comments, fans thanked her for the informative demonstration.
“Great information here!!!” one person wrote. “I would also love to learn more about training visible and muscles and inner core. Thank you!”
“Love that these don’t require crazy exercises or movements that are for people who are used to exercising all the time. You’re always sooooo great at posting workouts for every level. Thank you!!! Love the side to side posts!!!” another Instagram user added.