Best Ab Workouts
Have you been working out for years, but for some reason you can’t seem to get defined 6-pack abs? You can workout all you want and still not get the results you want. In order to get the most out of your abdominal exercises and avoid possible injury, avoid these 5 mistakes:
Mistake #1 – Your ab workouts don’t have enough intensity
You can do crunches all day long and still not get defined 6-pack abs. If you are serious about getting stronger abs, you need to add abdominal exercises that increase the resistance of the workout. This will decrease the amount of time you spend working out and produce better results. Increasing resistance could be as easy as using a tool like a stability ball. Abdominal exercises on a stability ball better focus your efforts to the abdominal area because it is difficult to cheat (use other muscles as a crutch) on a stability ball.
You can also change the intensity of your abdominal workouts by changing the rest time between reps. Circuit training is an approach to exercising in which you do one set of reps on an exercise, move on to another exercise and do a set of reps on that exercise. You continue to do this in a circular order and ending when you have completed all of your sets. If you are serious about great abs you should both increase resistance and alternate exercises in a circuit training approach.
Mistake #2 – Yου dο tοο many exercises whеrе уου round уουr back іn spinal flexion
Do you know someone who has injured уουr back bу bending over? The movement of bending over is called spinal flexion. Spinal flexion can lead tο herniated discs bесаυѕе еνеrу time уουr round forward, bend over, οr round уουr back, уου compress thе intervertebral discs between thе vertebral bones іn уουr spine. Avoid exercises that require spinal flexion such as sit-ups or crunches. This should cut down on injuries in the neck and back.
Mistake #3 – You don’t tighten your abs before and throughout every exercise
Whenever you perform abdominal exercises your main focus should be your abdominal muscles. Before you start an ab workout, you should tighten your abs. If you are having a hard time visualizing this, thank of how it feels when you are bracing for a punch to the stomach. This is how your abs should be before and while your working out. If you haven’t been doing this, you have not been working out properly.
Mistake #4 – You don’t have any holds in your abdominal workout
Research shows that adding abdominal exercise holds like planks and side planks can lower the risk of back problems. These exercises are also very helpful in building strong abdominal muscles.
Mistake #5 – You workout too much
If you exercise too frequently, all you will get is soreness and over trained abs. Abdominal muscles, just like any other muscles need rest and recovery. Muscle won’t grow if you don’t give them the opportunity to. You should not train your abdominal muscles more once every other day.