Ab workouts along with intense full body workouts and a balanced diet full of nutrients are great for losing weight and staying healthy because they strengthen your stomach and lower back as well as help you burn fat. However, many people don’t know or understand how to do an ab workout in order to best maximize the results. The best ab workouts are those that strengthen your "Core" which consists of all of the five major abdominal groups: the lower abs, the upper abs, the transverse abdominus, the lateral obliques (known as the love handles), and the lower back. Intensity is a very important aspect of any abdominal workout, so if you want to get the most out of your ab workouts, make sure that you’re following these three rules.
Your Ab Workouts Should Be Challenging
First, your ab workouts need to be of high intensity to the point of muscle overload. Your abdominal exercises need to be challenging for them to work. You need to find that intensity that is your sweet spot. If you work out too intensely, you may injure yourself or will not see results. It is very important to maintain proper spacing of workouts to avoid either overtraining or under training. However, if you don’t work out intensely enough, you will lose any weight or grow stronger. Therefore, you have to work with a program that has just the right intensity for your. When trying new exercises, try to make sure that they include enough weights or speed to make the workout hard, but not impossible. Remember also that you will need to re-work the intensity of your workout as your tolerance and endurance increases, so take a look at your routine every week or two and make necessary changes. If you find that your abdominal workouts are no longer challenging enough, try adding some resistance. It is essential to do your ab workout routines daily if you plan on keeping a tight stomach.
No Pain - No Gain, But Beware Of Injuries
The second rule of ab workouts is not to over train and to do your workouts safely. The purpose of intense abdominal workouts are to strengthen the tendons, ligaments and muscles in your lower back, stomach and midsection. Over training is a huge problem because it puts those parts of your body in danger of injury. When you under train, you see no results, which may push you intensify your workouts. That’s good, but too much and you’ll be vomiting before the workout is over and possibly injuring yourself. If you are training properly, your muscles should be sore, but your joints should not. Never do an intense exercise in which you cannot control your form or breathing. Instead, take breaks and use lower weights or speed to get back on track. This method will help you get more out of your workout anyway. In any case, if you are injured during a workout, call for help immediately from those around you. It is a good idea to workout with a partner or to at least let someone know that you’re working out in case anything happens to you. Your ab workouts need to be progressive in intensity but be careful not to be in too big a hurry for results. An injury will set you back immensely. Take it slow and do it right.
The Secret To Getting Six Pack Abs
Lastly, build up your workout intensity instead of jumping into the deep end. When you are starting your ab exercises, you won’t be able to suddenly run the Boston marathon! This is worth repeating, building up slowly will help prevent injury, as I talked about in the second step, but it can also help you to not get frustrated. If you slowly build up your abdominal exercises, you’ll be able to find success more readily. One last thing I think you should understand about ab workouts. A lot of people believe that all you need to do is hundreds of ab workouts every day in order to get rid of your belly fat. Wrong! The secret to losing the ugly belly fat that covers up your six pack abs is three things. You need to eat a balanced diet full of healthy nutrients. Work your daily ab workouts as well as doing your intense rigorous full body workouts making sure you use proper spacing and don't forget to increase resistance as needed.
As always, before you engage in any sport or workout routine you should check with your doctor to make sure it is safe for you.
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