If you have ambitions of achieving a solid six pack, you need to cover these three bases first:
1. The abs are three separate muscles, you must hit each rather than just one.
2. There is no need for 2000 crunches, keep it simple.
3. Contract the muscle in the same way you would squeeze your biceps at the top of a curl. Feel it.
Should you get past all three errors above, you are on the right track. But most individuals fall at the very first hurdle. They target their upper abdominal muscles with an exercise such as crunches, but that is all they do. This results in an unbalanced look.
They are skipping their lower abs and obliques – the small muscles down the side of the stomach. If you only hit the top two, you’ll only develop the top two.
Try hitting every single muscle in quick succession, such as the workout example below:
1. Crunches on a swiss ball x 20
2. Reverse crunch x 20
3. Ankle-touches x 20
You will increase the burn significantly by doing this as a circuit instead of straight working sets. So move from one exercise to the next without pausing. You can stop for 2 minutes’ rest when the round is over, i.e. when you have pushed out 60 reps.
Intensity is key to the success of your workouts. Training your midsection is no different here, so keep the intensity level turned up to achieve superior fat loss results.
It is very easy to get caught up in bland, boring workouts for muscles which do not provide the same ego-boosting stimulus as biceps, chest and shoulders. This is why many men neglect training their legs and do very dull midsection workouts, but the fact is any muscle needs a reason to develop. If you keep hitting it with a boring, easy workout then it won’t force itself to change.
While today’s workout is most certainly a tough one, it does return results. If you are trying to learn how to get abs the number one rule is to adapt your program to ensure you are hitting every single muscle in the target area, rather than just doing the basic, most popular exercise. Should you train abs with weight? This is not really necessary if you are hitting the area effectively already. If you can do that, then you will see positive results in any muscle group.