October 21, 2022
Abs – The Core of a Work-Out
Everyone wants to get a six-pack for their abs because they look great, but little do they realize that the abdominal muscles are one of the most core muscles in the body. Whether you are going to a fitness center, working with a personal trainer, or or participating in group workout routines, focusing on your abdominal area will bring you dramatic results in improving other elements of fitness as well.
One of the keys to getting a great ab work-out is to focus on proper form and technique – most people will do sit-ups or crunches and pull on the back of their heads. Besides being far less effective in working out the abdominal muscles, this can strain the neck and lower back and lead to injuries. Make sure you have your feet planted under a solid-surface (such as a bed, weight, bench, sofa, etc.) and that your hands merely rest at the side of your neck or head (or can be placed across your chest). Soon you will be decreasing your belly fat and gaining core muscle so that you to can have a six pack for life.
Another key to getting a great ab work-out is diversifying your exercises and the different variables that are factored in. There are dozens of different variations of crunches to choose from to maximize and diversify the impact of your work-out:
- Bicycle Crunches
- Scissor Crunches
- Toe-Touch Crunches
- Crossed-Leg Crunches
- Russian Twist Crunches
- (and those are just to name a few!)
All of these exercises can be set-up in different ways to make sure that your work-out routine is always unique and pushing your body to lose stomach fat. You can try the any of the following variations to give your workouts a new spin:
- Change the Order in Which You do Your Ab Crunches & Sit-Ups
- Change the Number of Sets of Each Exercise
- Change the Number of Reps in Each Exercise
- Change the Amount of Rest In-Between Each Set
If you really want to get rid of belly fat you need to fully commit yourself to strengthening your abdominal core and eating healthy foods that are low-fat and low-in-sugar, as this is one of the most difficult areas to see results for. You need to have a low enough body-fat percentage or it doesn’t matter how many sit-ups or crunches you do – you still will not be able to see a six-pack! This is why proper nutrition is just as important as bodybuilding, treadmill, pilates, elliptical, etc. Without the correct diet we will not see the results of all the hard work we put in our abs, so remember to focus on lowering your sugar, fat, and refined flour intake to truly maximize abdominal workout results.