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What is the Best Lower Abs Exercise?

best lower abs exercise

Getting that V-cut lower abs is one of the biggest dreams of most of the trainees. It looks cool, and it is the sign of manliness and strength.

However, getting that V-cut is not easy.

Firstly, because that is the place where most of the belly fat is stored. Hence, it is hard to get rid of it. That is only possible with a proper diet and cardio that will burn that fat.

The other reason is the inefficiency of the most popular lower abs exercises. Leg raises on the floor, on the pull-up bar or in a vertical knee raise station (with a power tower or captain’s chair) are the recommended moves. Exercises that use your legs as the resistance.

However, there are some typical problems with these practices.

Firstly, in most of the cases, we use the power of the hip flexors instead of the abdominal muscles. So, the flexors do the hard work.

Another possible problem is that people having lower back issues cannot do these exercises without having pain or, even worse, injury.

And finally, hanging knee or leg raises, which are pretty efficient exercises to engage lower abs, cannot be performed by beginners since they do not have enough arm and back strength yet to hold themselves for such a long time or to complete the moves correctly. And, some people cannot perform these drills if they have shoulder problems.

So, what is the best lower abs exercise which is suitable for everyone, but still sufficient?

The screwdriver!

This move works both your oblique and the lower part of the rectus abdominis perfectly. It does not engage the hip flexors, suitable for beginners and people who have lower back or shoulder problems.

Anyway, this not so well-known core exercise is the “idea” of Jeff Cavalier, the fitness expert of So, you must be sure that it works. (Thanks to Jeff for this great advice.)

Watch the video below to learn this exercise and include it in your abs workout routine.


Do you know other not so well-known exercises to get V-cut abs? Share with us below.


1 thought on “What is the Best Lower Abs Exercise?”

  1. Hi, I saw the video. Great advice!
    My question is are there any footwork drills in boxing that I could incorporate into my routines? Something “neat” yet effective for coordination and timing.

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