Abs and Core Exercises

10 Upper-Body Moves That Build Your Core Too

Never neglect your abs again with these 10 dual-purpose upper body exercises.


“Abs are made in the kitchen.” Yes, that’s partly true, but they’re made in the gym too — for any muscle to grow in size and density, it needs stimulus. To sculpt a ripped six-pack, you’ll need to target your abs with more than just a few plank holds and ab-wheel rollouts. Every exercise you do should engage the core so your trunk is stabilized in space.

These 10 upper body exercises build a strong and thick upper-body and hammer your midsection at the same time. Forget “abs day” and make every training session a phenomenal core workout.

Feet-Elevated Pushups

Pushups should be a staple in every guy’s workout routine. To crank up the intensity on a pushup (or plank), an easy trick is to elevate your feet: you’ll shift the center of gravity towards your core and upper-body and get more results.


Place your feet on a bench and do your pushups. Keep your lower back flat and don’t let your hips sag. To make it harder, use a higher surface; to make it easier, use a lower surface.

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Barbell Overhead Press

Pressing a heavy object is one of best ways to build a strong and ripped core. The core aids in transferring energy from the ground to your arms and stabilizing the heavy weight when it’s fully extended overhead.


Start with a barbell resting on your shoulders and collarbones. Grab the barbell with your hands slightly outside the width of your shoulders and your elbows slightly in front of the bar. Push the barbell vertically in a straight line and shrug your shoulders at the top of the movement. Bring back down to the starting position in a controlled manner.

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