Get “Cut” Abs (USHER'S TOP AB EXERCISE)

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Getting cut abs is and always will be a two part plan. First, you have to be sure that your nutrition is good enough to allow you to have a low enough level of body fat to see your abs. Second, you have to train your abs the right way to get them to pop. In this video, I show you an exercise that pop star Usher credits for giving him defined abs and more importantly, how to make it better.

Ab scissors is the ab exercise that Usher included in all of his ab workouts to help him get abs that made everyone take notice. I will never forget watching his interview on MTV back in the early 2,000’s and thinking how I need to make sure I include this move in my daily ab workout routine. So I started doing them, lots of them.

The only problem is, as I got smarter about ab exercises I realized that while this is a good ab stabilization move it does have some potential to be made even better. I thought that I could turn it into more than just an ab stabilizer that tends to work the hip flexors a bit more than other ab exercises. That said, I wanted to tap into the other functions of the abdominal muscles like rotation, controlling rotation and flexing the spine.

In five ab exercise demonstrations shown here, you will see three moves that you can do on the floor and two that can be done while hanging from a pullup bar. The difficulty level of these ab exercises will vary depending on your starting strength and how often you have been training your abs already. As always, I recommend frequent ab workouts. I can be found doing my abs at least six days a week and often more like seven.

The best combination to get abs and keep them year round is going to be however by not just doing ab exercises, but by combining them with a good nutrition plan. You just can’t go around eating junk food all day and thinking that somehow you are going to have an impressive six pack that you can show off. It is important to understand that while there will always be exceptions to the rule, you likely weren’t lucky enough to be one of those exceptions so you will have to work your way to your impressive abs.

If you are looking for a complete nutrition and training plan that will walk you through the steps to get your six pack abs (and keep them all year round) then head to and get the ATHLEAN-X Training System. Follow the same workouts and meal plans used by today’s top professional athletes to get ripped and cut while building solid pounds of new muscle.

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  1. Awesome. I encountered Usher Raymond when I was 17 living in the Atlanta area, he pulled up next to me in his Porsche outside the Wendy's I worked at, eating a frosty and asked me "hey man that sign says you open til midnight". I'm like that's drive thru only, he just repeats, " man it says you open til midnight" and drives off! Next time you gotta use one of Ursher newer songs, like "Climax" or "No Limit".

  2. Jeff I punch a bag for cardio twice a week for 35 minutes for 3 minute rounds and only rest for 20 to 30 seconds in between I work out abs everyday only rest on Sundays follow good nutrition don't eat crap, can I do weight training for my legs and only body weight exercises exercises for upper body without cardio I can't do any other forms of HIIT since I have patella chondromalacia so I can't do full squats, burpees, etc, and I wake up at 3 am so the sound of me punching the bag wakes up my little niece 6 months old, I want to get a six pack the stubborn fat is hard to lose any advice please greatly appreciated thanks and I love your channel.

  3. Jeff, I have been training for 24 years and love it. It's part of my DNA. Last year I had a accident and fractured my pelvis in 9 places, all stable fractures but wicked pain. What saved me having a broken hip and femur, surgery, plates and screws was the strength of my bones. My accident was Oct. 5, 2016 and I was back to work and training in 3 months. I was determined to be stronger, do better. While injured I had to listen to my body and one thing I rediscover( always knew) was how important core strength was. It is my obsession. My main issue I continue to have and it's workable is my hip flexor. I watched 2 of your videos to help me and man did they help. The first one was the lunge with weights…helped me to understand my body mechanics better and the second video was about adductors and using a pillow or something. I use this regularly now and what a difference. I love how you make things easy to understand. Thank you.
    Shannon Johnson
    Nova Scotia, Canada…

  4. Since this is Athlean-X, there should be a sport-specific series where you cover detrimental exercises according to the sport.
    For example, Im a bowler and during my fitness journey, its been difficult to find what exercises I should be doing to improve my game. Love the channel.

  5. Hi jeff, we are very confused about the intensity and load principles after igunal hernia surgery. Only you are the coach who posted helpfull video about that. The previous videos about hernia is really very helpfull. but still we have confusion about the load and progression. please guide us about that. there is no proper data about training after igunal hernia what will not cause of re occupanc.Thank you jeff.

  6. Hello Jeff, could you get us your opinion about the bridge exercise? Is it a good exercise or not? Pro and cons and what alternative ex.? Perhaps an idea for a next video… thanks a lot

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