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3 Abs Workout Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Copyright (c) 2008 Ed Scow

I have logged thousands of personal training sessions over my career and everybody wants to know more about abs workouts and abs exercises.

My clients want to know how to lose stomach fat and get a six-pack, or at the very least they just want to lose stomach fat so they have a firm abs that look good in their clothes (and naked).

I can’t blame them. Who doesn’t want a nice looking midsection? Who doesn’t want to get firm abs or get lean enough they can say they have a six-pack.

The problem is that 99% of them all have the same misconceptions about abs workouts and abs exercises and how to really lose stomach fat and get firm abs.

I’ve narrowed down the mistakes, myths and misconceptions surrounding abs workouts and abs exercises to my top 3.

These 3 abs workout mistakes are made by just about everyone I’ve ever trained, designed a program for, or consulted.

Are you making these same mistakes?

1) Spending too much time doing crunches – I’m just going to come right out and say it…you don’t need to do crunches to get six pack abs and you sure as heck don’t need to do crunches to lose stomach fat or even get a firm abs.

Crunches simply don’t work enough muscle and don’t burn enough fat calories to be thought of as a worthwhile exercise in order to lose stomach fat, let alone get firm abs or a six-pack.

Spending 20 minutes a day doing hundreds (or thousands) of crunches is like electing Big Bird or Elmo president.

Sure they may sound good and have all the answers, but it just doesn’t make much sense electing a puppet to such a high office (sorry, that was my attempt at a joke).

Doing hundreds, or even thousands, of crunches will strengthen your abdomen, that’s for sure, but what does it matter if you still have a layer of flabby goo covering up all the hard work?

Instead you need to focus on full body workouts and full body abs exercises in order to lose stomach fat fast and get the firm, toned stomach or six pack abs you’re after.

Take for instance this abs workout, using only full body abs exercises, I designed for a client. Do this mini-circuit before your regular workout, when you’re still fresh, so you can really hit your abs hard.

1A) Dumbbell Overhead Squat – 10 reps
1B) Mountain Climbers – 30 seconds
1C) Reverse Plank – 30 seconds

Do that in a circuit format, resting 20 seconds after the final exercise before repeating it again 2 or 3 times. Do that for a few week and you’ll definitely see a difference in your abs and you will lose stomach fat.

2) Throwing all your hard work out the door by eating poorly – What good does it do to work so hard in your fat loss workouts only to come home, or leave your home gym, and eat junk?

What sense does it make that after all your hard work, you ruin it with poor eating habits on a daily basis? This is quite possibly one of the dumbest things you could do. I don’t mean to be rude, I’m just trying to put it bluntly.

If you want to lose stomach fat and get firm abs, or even six-pack abs, you need to clean up your diet and stop eating so poorly. You need to quit eating processed junk found in boxes and bags like crackers and chips, stop eating things like bagels and processed breads and start eating more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, legumes and healthy fats.

You also need to start eating multiple times throughout the day, and this especially means eating breakfast. It also means cutting out the late night snacking and cutting down on alcohol.

You know what to cut out, so do it.

Remember what your goals are. You want to lose stomach fat and you want to get firm abs. Eat like it!

3) Not actively flexing, or bracing, your abdominals in every exercise – It’s sad that I have to say this, but all too often, people don’t actively flex their abdominals while doing an abs exercise.

I don’t know why. You’d think that because you’re doing an abs exercise that you’d be flexing your abs hard every repetition, but too many people just go through the motions and to way too fast.

You need to slow down and actively flex your abdominals when you’re doing an abs exercise. And for every exercise that’s not an abs exercise, you need to brace them like somebody is about to punch you in the stomach.

Doing so will ensure that you learn to “control” your abs and make sure that when you do lose stomach fat that you’ll have a defined and toned midsection worthy of praise.

I also want you to think of it this way…every exercise should be an abs exercise. If you brace your abs during every single exercise in your fat loss workout, you’ll essentially turn every single exercise into an abs exercise. Doing a chest press, brace your abs. Doing a lunge, brace your abs. Every single exercise you do, whether you’re working your abs specifically or not, should be turned into an abs exercise.

If you stop making these vital abs workout and abs exercise mistakes, and start doing full body workouts with full body abs exercises, I guarantee that you’ll begin to lose stomach fat and get firm abs (and maybe even that sought after six-pack) in no time.

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Aerobic – 8 minute Abs (workout fitness)


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Model Fitness: David’s abs routine


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Model Fitness: David’s abs routine


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15-Minute Abs Workout


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How to get great toned six pack abs/stomach Easy 8 minute workout!


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3 Minute Fast Abs Workout


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300 Six Pack Abs Blasting Workout – Abdominals Exercise


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Best Abs Exercise Routines Revealed

Getting a nice looking mid section is a common goal for people getting fit. To get the best ab exercise routine you need to hit some key points. The following explains those key points that will help you to ensure you are doing everything you need to do to get a flat stomach and great looking abs.


The three things outlined below will show you what you need to do and explain why you need to do these things. Follow these guidelines carefully and you should be able to develop an amazing ab routine.


Burn All Over


You need to take an all over approach to your abs workout. You should make sure that your workout involves burning calories. Burning calories will help you lose weight all over your body.


To burn weight all over you will need to do aerobic activity. Aerobic activity will raise your heart rate and keep it up for a period of time. You should aim to do between 45 and 60 minutes at a time. Do your aerobic activities from three to six days per week.


Sculpt the Abs


You also need to have strengthening exercises in your routine. These will target your mid section. You should also do some to work the other muscles, such as your legs and arms. Building muscle helps you to burn more calories, too.


Make sure the ab exercises that you do are targeting all three ab muscles upper, lower and obliques.


Build the Core


You should focus on the core when you are working out. No matter what exercise you are doing you need to keep the core stabilized. Hold your stomach muscles in and use good posture.


You can engage your core all day by simply using good posture. You can also practice engaging your ab muscles when you sit. Simply pull in your belly button towards your spine and hold. Release it and then repeat. You can do this all day. It will be an amazing addition your routine.


Following these guidelines will help you to build a great abs exercise routine. You should not ignore any part of the workout. Aim to work out about six days per week. If you can do aerobic activity everyday then that is great. Do your abs exercises every other day. If you want you can alternate aerobic and abs exercises every other day if every day aerobic activity is too much.

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What Ab Exercises Should You Do and How Intense Should Your Ab Exercises be

It has been quite a common occurrence to encounter people who have invested lots of their precious time in abs training and yet, have not seen any visible improvement in their abs area at all. This phenomenon is due to the fact that they have either choose the wrong ab exercises for their workout or have worked too much on the same workout exercises.

Having an effective abs workout program is essential in helping you get the 6 pack abs.Choosing what ab exercises should you do and deciding how intense your abs exercise shall be is what constitutes of an effective abs workout program.

Therefore,in this article, I will be covering on what abs exercises should you do and how intense should your exercises be.

Exercise Selection.

A common myth of abs training is you should work your “upper abs” and “lower abs” separately. However . the truth is that, you can’t separate working these muscles as they contract simultaneously during any ab exercises.

If you are going for agility , you will need to focus on decreasing your base of support as much as possible. In other words, you will need to focus on ab exercises which requires you to stabilize your ab muscles while doing it. In this way, your muscle fiber tissue will be worked on most effectively, giving you the most workout possible.

Some ab exercises that require stability are as follows :

1) Abdominal work on an exercise ball
2) Twisting work standing on a bosu ball
3) Partner work with medicine balls.

If you are going for strength and are using weight, you will need to execute movements that require you to move through a large range of motion. By doing this, your ab muscles can be strengthened from the greatest angles possible.

Some good ab exercises for strength build up –

1) Decline sit-ups
2) Cable cross-bends

An important point to take note about abs exercises :

Our body has an extremely high adaptation ability towards any exercises. Once your abs muscles have adapted itself to a particular abs exercises, the abs exercises wont be as effective as before anymore. Therefore, we will need to introduce variability in our abs exercises for our abs workout program.Hence, Abs exercises must be changed on a regular basis if you want to see results fast.

Intensity of abs exercises

The intensity of abs exercises varies from individual to individual. Knowing what volume of abs exercises is needed for you brings you a step closer to getting the 6 pack abs.

Bear in mind that  the weight lifted during training is indirectly proportional to the total reps you do. In other words, the more weights you use the fewer reps you should be doing.

If your objective is agility, two or 4 sets of weightless abdominal works will be enough ( with each sets limiting yourself to the 10-15 reps range )

On the other hand, If your objective is strength, you should be doing weighted abdominal training. Therefore, you should be going for fewer reps ( 3-6 reps range ) and increasing the number of sets to 6 to 10. This would be enough to have some good muscle size growth.

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