A-List PT David Kingsbury’s Secret To Achieving Killer Abs

by David Kingsbury

Celebrity PT David Kingsbury has honed the Hollywood midsections of everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Hugh Jackman. His trick is so simple it might surprise you…

‘My abs have been everywhere. Now I'm not talking about my stomach here; rather the six-packs and toned midriffs I've created on some of the biggest stars of cinema. You'll see the adamantium abs I built on Hugh Jackman in the Wolverine series, the slender midsection I chiselled for Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men Days of Future past or on Jessica Chastain for Snow White & The Huntsman’ says David. 

‘So often, people complain that the abs you see in films are unattainable but I’m here to tell you that's not the case. In fact, I've one trick in particular that you can start doing today. No matter the client - whether it's a hulking man like Hugh or a slender female star - I always use my favourite core exercise: the ab rollout. It doesn't require any new-fangled machinery either - just a barbell and some hard work. In a nutshell, you kneel on the floor with a Swiss ball or barbell in front of you. From there, you grab the bar or lean on the ball, tense your middle and allow yourself to roll forward as you control everything with those soon-to-be-burning abs. It's simple. But not easy.’

‘It's important to realise that this is only part of the picture. Your diet must be on point if you want visible, well-rounded abs; however the roll out will definitely help boost core strength and endurance, allowing you to perform the big gym moves like squats and deadlifts with ease, whilst also permitting more effective high intensity to burn through the stubborn midsection fat.’

‘The great thing about this exercise is that the difficulty can be adjusted to suit different ability levels; and also means that, as you become fitter, the method can be adapted to keep the exercise in your workout, whilst still ensuring that you continue to progress.’

Here’s how to do it…



How to:

  • Kneel on the floor with a couple of feet between you and the ball. 
  • Place your elbows on the ball, keeping your core rigid and abs tight. 
  • Exhale as you roll the ball forward. Inhale as you return. 
  • You’ll feel the burn pretty quickly but persevere.


Using a barbell will yield better results but it's important that you have the core strength to ensure your back doesn't collapse down, which could cause injury. If you're unsure, start with the Swiss ball method until you feel confident.

How to:

  • Similar to the above, start on your knees with the barbell in front of you. 
  • Grab it at shoulder-width and roll forward, exhaling as you move. Return to the start position. 
  • Aim for slow, controlled movements.

ADVANCED VERSION: Wear A Weighted Vest & Start Standing

If you're looking to build mutant levels of muscle then you can actually strap on a weighted vest and start the movement from a standing position. This takes practice and confidence but the results can be incredible.

How to:

  • Place the barbell near your feet and hinge hinge forward at the hips. 
  • Hold the bar and roll forward, using your abs to control the motion. 
  • You'll be ready film ready in no time.

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