Have you ever wondered how strong your abs really are? If so, then you need to take this ab strength test before you do even one more ab workout. It is important to know the true strength of your abs before trying to do ab exercises because not knowing can lead you to get injured. If you try a hard ab exercise and wind up doing it with substitutions of other muscles (like hip flexors) you will likely put your back at risk of getting hurt.
The hip flexors are very dominant in ab exercises. They tend to try and take over the exercise while relegating the abdominals to a supporting role whenever possible. This is obviously not desirable for two big reasons. One, if you aren’t targeting your abs with the exercises you are trying to, you will likely never develop the six pack abs you are hoping to get. Second, if your abs are being dominated by a secondary muscle, you are inefficiently performing the exercise and compensating. These compensations can lead long term to breakdown of the joints near and supported by the core.
This quick double leg lowering test can be done on the floor right now without any equipment at all. It actually looks similar to a popular lower abs exercise. You lay on your back and bring your legs up to a position where they are perpendicular to the floor (at ninety degrees). Place your hands against the sides of your lower back to ensure that you are maintaining a posterior pelvic tilt and that there is no space at all in the small of your back and the floor.
Slowly lower your legs down to the ground, stopping at 75, 45, 30, and 15 degrees off the floor. If at any time you can’t hold the above positions for at least 2 seconds without your pelvis losing the posterior tilt and your back arching then you do not have optimal core and ab strength. The lower you can bring your legs before experiencing this loss of ab control, the stronger your abs are.
Ideally, you would be able to complete this ab strength test all the way down and then all the way back up without losing your ability to hold the pelvis. If you find that you have weak abs, you can perform this test as the exercise for strengthening the abs. It will fit into any ab workout and help you to build up the strength of your core on your way to a six pack.