Train Your Whole Body to Get Better Abs

Train Your Whole Body to Get Better Abs

Trim your waist and get leaner abs by training your whole body instead of spending lots of time on sit-ups and abdominal work. A new study from Southern Illinois University found that performing a six-week training program that only included abdominal exercises resulted in no loss of body fat. The only positive result from almost four hours a week of ab training was increased endurance in a sit-up test!

A better solution for an attractive midsection is to strengthen your abs and lose the fat that covers them. Do this by strength training three days a week with exercises that use the large muscles in your body. For example, include the following components in your training:

  • Do lunges, step-ups, and squats to train the whole lower body, simultaneously targeting the ab and lower back muscles that make up your core.
  • Try pull-downs, rows, overhead press, and chest press for the upper body—they’ll target the abs too if you do them right.
  • Chin-ups, even assisted chin-ups, are excellent ab exercises because they require you to contract all the muscles in your trunk throughout the whole motion.
  • Restrict ab training to one exercise a session—opt for reverse crunches or leg lowering if you have a strong lower back.
  • Try interval training in which you run or cycle as hard as you can for 8 seconds and then rest for 12 seconds. Do this for a total of 15 to 20 minutes to lose fat so that you reveal your abs.
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