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The Only Way to Get Washboard Abs

After each New Year people make New Year’s resolutions. So many people make a resolution to lose weight or get into better shape. Usually during this period I see a lot of new faces in the gym and this year is no exception. The big goal for anyone who tries to get rid of fat, is to get washboard abs. It is the holy grail of fitness.

But unfortunately most of these new faces go away one by one, because they can´t fulfill their goals. Some people have regarding getting a washboard stomach is that you should be working all these muscles separately. You can´t somehow divide the muscle up and work at it section by section. It does not work that way folks.

All the ab muscles are going to contract simultaneously. You can target certain areas slightly more than others, but you can not isolate one muscle from others. Isolated exercises stimulate less muscle fiber and this is not what we want. A good exercise that works very well is the Swiss ball. If you do crunches and sit-ups on the ball ,then you also have to balance yourself on the muscle, which stimulates more muscle fibers. It is also much better for your lower back. You can do so many different exercises with the Swiss ball.

I would say that your diet is even more important than exercise, because if you have a layer of fat, then nobody will see your abs. Doing ab exercises will not burn the fat around your belly. You can burn fat with cardio training and also weight training.

The only way to get washboard abs is to do the correct exercises that really work. You also have to watch your diet and burn fat with cardio and strength training.

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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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