The 8 Best Exercises for Lower Abs

The 8 Best Exercises for Lower Abs

These tough moves tackle your lower abs to build a strong core.

The term "lower abs" is actually a misnomer—your rectus abdominis muscle, or abdominal wall, actually covers your entire midsection and connects at your pelvis. Still, women (and men!) are constantly searching for exercises that will help eliminate a loose or puffy lower-ab area. PSA: No amount of lower-abs workouts will magically make your abs pop or offer the ultimate solution for how to get rid of belly flab. (Read: You Can't Spot Reduce Fat—and Other Myths to Stop Believing)

However, these effective exercises target multiple abdominal muscles, so you'll strengthen your entire midsection—including your lower abs—with every rep. (Related: Why It's Important to Have a Strong Core Besides Looking Good)

Pro tip for getting the most out of these lower-abs exercises: Focusing on the activation of your core is the key to success with these moves (and any abs exercise). In fact, one study from Hull University found that people who mentally focused on their muscles and how they were moving experienced greater muscle activity, which can result in greater strength gains over time. We've included "mind your muscle" tips with every exercise to help you maximize your results.