Abs Training Tips 101

July 7, 2009 by admin  
Filed under AbsJerk Articles

  • Always do stretches and light warm up activities before you train your abs and workout. And do cooling down activities afterwards and with stretches.
  • Press your lower back into the floor or workout bench. And if you are not at an advanced performance level with pretty good lower back and abdominal strength, do not include exercises that have instructions to arch up your back. Instead, it’s recommended that you bend your knees, and keep them closer to your body.
  • Exhale while you crunch up.
  • With ab exercises, when placing your hands under your neck for crunches, remember to keep your elbows back. Crunch up with your shoulders. When elbows point upwards; they can pull the neck, resulting in a stiffness or pain.
  • A goal of three – four ab workout sessions per week is good, any more is considered over-training. Muscles need time to develop, as muscle growth actually increase muscle tone. So in between workouts, get at least one to two complete days of rest from ab exercises between workouts.
  • Caution when doing lots of repetitions. Focus on sets, instead. For example, instead of aiming for dozens of crunches per workout, hold each rep for a count of 4 and incorporate a system of using 12 reps per set.
  • Focus on the positive – especially with your own internal self-talk. Be your own best friend and compliment yourself on your efforts and good work.
  • Don’t set your own self up for failure – i.e. avoid tempting yourself by keeping tons of junk food around. Make yourself bike or walk there to buy a candy bar or greasy order of French fries. Don’t make it easy on yourself and stock them in the fridge or freezer.
  • Train other areas, too, not just your abs. With an overall focus on training all body regions, you can benefit with a firm, toned appearance all over. So include a full-body program, instead of just one for your abdominal region.
  • Give yourself a break! Especially if and when you “may” happen to overindulge at mealtime or if you skip a workout or two…Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and forgive yourself. No one’s perfect. Then climb back on that horse – or exercise bike – and get going!

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