I hate training my abs. I hate the feeling, I hate the process… it stinks. (Ok, maybe hate is too strong a word.. but dislike works just fine!) However… I do it nonetheless, because it’s a challenge for me. I feel accomplished when I’ve been able to achieve something I didn’t really want to do or think I could get through. It might be weird… but at least I’m honest…. =)
Keep in mind that while you can of course, strengthen and improve your abs in the gym… you won’t know what you’re workin’ with until you get your body fat low enough to see them! That’s where the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen” comes into play. If you aren’t eating right, you won’t be seeing your abs anytime soon! No, that doesn’t mean you need to starve yourself.. it simply means you need to eat WELL. Frequent small meals that contain a source of lean protein and complex carbs or healthy fats are optimal. Avoid simple carbs and sugars and processed foods. Watch your portion sizes and you’ll be well on your way to lean, tight abs!
- 25 Stability ball crunches
- 20 Leg lifts (with ball between legs)
- 30 Regular Crunches (with heels on the ball, legs at 90 degrees)
- 40 Bicycles
- Plank to failure
Repeat this circuit 3-5 times. If you can do more have at it! Remember to use proper form so you don’t injure yourself and reap maximum benefits! QUALITY over quantity. Exhale as you contract your abs. Pause at the top to really squeeze the abdominal muscles. Don’t yank on your neck!
Be safe, work hard and enjoy! =)