The Best and Worst Ways to Work Your Abs

The Best and Worst Ways to Work Your Abs

3 Abs Training Techniques You Need To Ditch And What To Replace Them With
Everyone wants that amazing six-pack to dazzle on the beach, in the pool, or just to feel great. To get that chiseled core, you’ve got to hit your abs with the best moves for optimal gains.
There are a lot of moves that work your core, but you have to be careful which ones you chose because some can cause more harm than good! Listed below are three abdominal exercises that you should consider changing up to improve your abs, look great and stay injury-free.
Stop Using Machines & Start Using Your Body
There are two specific problems with using a machine to work your abs.
First, machines are designed for the average person, meaning it may not be ideal for your body size if you are shorter or taller than the standard.
Second, when you use a machine to work your abs, you are likely to add as much weight as you can to get stronger. Your abdominal muscles don’t need heavy weights to get strengthened, so this means you only place your body at risk when you do this.
Rather than using a machine, consider working your abs on a Swiss or Bosu ball or even on a mat. Bodyweight exercises are ideal for your body and it will encourage you to keep good form.
Stop Focusing on Target Training & Start a Total Body Solution
Target training does not work. Sure, if you want to build your abs, you definitely need to train your core, but if you think that just training that particular muscle group will yield results, you’re dead wrong!
Your abs won’t show if you’re not less than 10 percent body fat (and some people won’t show even if they’re under 6 percent body fat). The key here is total body fitness in conjunction with target exercises.
Rather than spending hours doing abs work, make sure your cardio is on point and brace your abs in larger, total body lifts like squats, deadlifts and bench presses. Doing so will ensure you’ll see your abs and a much healthier reflection in the mirror.
Stop Doing Endless Sit-Ups; Start Doing Crunches
Sit-ups are a longtime favorite for many people and they can be effective. However, sit-ups have been known to cause lower back pain through excessive flexion in the spinal area.
In addition, sit-ups are inefficient for the abdominal area because once your spine reaches about 30 degrees, your hip flexors take over to complete the exercise.
Rather than spending your time on full sit-ups, consider performing crunches. Your crunches should only cause a 30-degree bend in your spine, which is sufficient to lift your shoulder blades off the floor. As long as your abdominal muscles tighten, you’ll find yourself benefiting from these.
With these simple swaps in your approach to training your abs, you’re sure to see results. Just remember that you can train your abs daily because they won’t suffer from any overtraining symptoms or hazards. But don’t just train abs. Perform total body lifts, compound moves and make sure not to skip your cardio. If you do this and combine it with the proper nutrition and a health supplement plan like the offerings on this site, you’re sure to see the results you want!

Omar J. Nasouri

Omar has been a personal fitness trainer and weight loss consultant since 1997. He is currently certified through the NSCA as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and holds a Bs degree in Kinesiology (emphasizing in fitness, nutrition and health) from SDSU. If you're interested in personal training in the San Diego area, visit Fitness 4 San Diego

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