6. Straight-arm cable pulldowns
How to do it: Set up a cable machine to the top setting with a straight bar. Grab the bar with an overhand grip, and take two steps away from machine. Bend your torso slightly forward and lock out your arms, Krajewski says. “Pull the bar straight down until it touches your thighs, then slowly bring it back to the starting position,” he instructs. While your abs will be engaged, resist the urge to turn this exercise into a crunch.
Prescription: 2-3 sets x 10-12 reps w/ 45-75 sec. rest between sets
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