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The 7 Best Exercises For V Cut Abs

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So you want v cut abs? But not just abs, abs that resemble a washboard. Abs that POP right? Well, good news, you came to the right article.

Anyone can starve themselves to a flatter stomach or some guys are naturally skinnier and have some definition there already…

The reality is that incredible abs need work. They need a strategic plan for both training and nutrition.

Despite all the confusing and contradicting info you hear such as, abs are made in the kitchen! Compound exercises are all you need! You need to train your abs every day!

Most of it is nonsense and today, we’re going to go over the top 7 exercises you need to have in your workout routine for building an amazing set of v cut abs.

1. Hanging Leg Raises

This is by far one of the most effective ab exercises. Especially when you build the strength to not use any swing/momentum, maintain controlled form, legs completely straight and can reach full range of motion.

It’s also important to note that you want to keep your abs engaged the entire time throughout the movement – to do so, you’ll want to be able to bring your legs above parallel. No need to bring your feet all the way to the bar, doing so begins to put tension on your lats and your legs will want to start bending.

Start with roman chair leg raises or hanging knee raises to begin building strength for this movement.

2. Cable Crunches

This movement for getting v cut abs is going to create a totally different stimulus than if you were to perform just normal crunches or sit ups.

Most people think the abs are some alien muscle group different from every other in the body. You still need to train it in a way where you can get stronger and add more resistance over time (progressing overload). The easiest way to do that is with a cable tower. Adding this exercise in with a healthy dose of leg raising movements will ensure you’re developing your entire core.

3. Abs Wheel Roll Outs

Building an incredible set of v cut abs needs more than just leg raises. You need to make sure you are developing ALL muscles of the core. One of which is the TVA (transverse abdominal muscle), the deep, inner abdominal muscles.

Getting very strong at this exercise is going to increase overall functionality, core strength, posture, and even help injury-proof your body.

4. Renegade Rows

This is by far the most effective exercise for developing your obliques. They also translate into some serious twisting power, say when you’re punching or throwing something. As well, this exercise will help develop the TVA and since it’s working the abs when the spine is in a neutral position, it will help promote great muscle tone when standing, or when you’re walking on the beach.

5. Side to Side Bent Knee ups

The side to side bent knee-ups are great for targeting the lower abs and really bringing in the v cut abs. I love using this exercise as a finisher and aiming for the higher rep range of 15-20 reps per side.

6. Unconventional Exercises

When you start to incorporate other exercises into your workout routine, especially unilateral, twisting, and power-based exercises, this is how you get your fitness and v cut abs to the next level.

I’m speaking to movements such as the landmine (all variations), twisting, full-body exercises like Turkish get-ups, and many unilateral exercises that you probably haven’t tried before, such as the one-arm lateral raise, one-arm bench press, and alternating overhead press.

They’ll challenge your stability while you blast away at your shoulders and chest, giving you extra ab training without even noticing it (that is, until the next morning when you’re sore).

7. BONUS – Back Bridging

Back bridging is great for stretching the entire front portion (anterior chain) of your body. Especially after doing a good amount of ab training.

By doing so, you’ll help improve your posture and injury-proof your lower back.

If you don’t have the strength or mobility to perform this exercise, begin with hip bridging. I recommend doing 2 to 3 sets of a hip/back bridge hold. For the hip-bridge do 2 to 3 x 30 second holds. If you can do a back bridge aim for 2 to 3 x 20 second holds.


Getting your abs into amazing shape doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Yes, it does take time, but make sure to put your focus on getting very strong and building up to the advanced variations above.

By doing so, you will create not only an amazing set of v cut abs but also a fully functional, powerful body.

Getting v cut abs also requires following a healthy diet and maintaining an active lifestyle to help achieve your goals.

Making a few simple switches in your daily routine can get you there and improve your health at the same time.

If you have any questions, please drop them in the comments! Make sure you watch the Train Eat Live Masterclass below (if you want to learn how to put these exercises into a proper workout routine).



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About Trent McCloskey

I'm Trent, the creator of Train. Eat. Live. My mission is to empower people around the world to take control of their bodies and change their entire life’s course through fitness.

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