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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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Lose Belly Fat–why You Can’t Spot Reduce

For those of you looking to lose belly fat, it’s important that you have the right information in order to achieve your goals. If you’ve been doing countless sets of crunches, leg raises, or any other direct abdominal work in attempt to lose that spare tire, then you have the wrong information.

In this article, I am going to show you why it’s impossible to lose belly fat no matter how many crunches or leg raises you do, and I’m going to reveal the right way to go about it.

It’s really quite elementary, or so it would seem. If you want to lose belly fat, then you obviously have to work your abdominals. That’s what you’ve been told, so you go and hit the abs from all angles.

You do crunches for the upper abs, hanging leg raises for the lower abs, side crunches for the obliques. That should help you lose belly fat, right?

Wrong!

You’ll never lose belly fat by doing all of that abs work. Sure, you’re going to have strong abdominal muscles. You might even have a six pack, but you’re never going to see it until you lose that roll of fat covering them up.

The reason that you will never lose belly fat that way is that you just can’t spot reduce. By spot reduction, I mean that you’re only losing fat in one area of the body.

It is therefore impossible to lose belly fat, and then not lose fat throughout the rest of your body.

In order to lose belly fat, you have to have a total fat loss plan. Fat won’t just disappear from your abdominal region simply because you’re doing every imaginable abs exercise. That’s not the way it works.

Fat loss occurs in the body as a whole. That means that if you want to lose belly fat, you have to have a fat loss strategy that burns fat throughout your body.

To lose belly fat, you have to change your workout focus away from direct ab work, and instead start doing the types of exercises that really burn fat. That’s heavy, compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, presses and rows. These exercises work most of the muscles of the body, along with their stabilizers. This, in turn, helps to release the hormones responsible for muscle gain, and fat loss. You can’t get that from crunches, or leg raises, and definitely not from side bends. 

You also have to do cardio, but not in the way you’ve been taught. To lose belly fat, you have to do high intensity cardio. That low intensity stuff won’t produce a hormonal response the way high intensity, interval cardio does.

Simply put, high intensity cardio releases fat burning hormones, and revs up the metabolism in a way that slow, steady state, and long duration cardio never will.

Aside from heavy compound exercises and high intensity cardio, if you’re serious about losing belly fat you must also eat a healthy and well balanced diet to really lose that belly fat.

By healthy and well balanced I mean a diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meats such as chicken and fish, nuts (unsalted), and whole grains. Notice I didn’t mention anywhere that you must starve yourself. That’s not the way to lose belly fat, and it’s definitely not the way fat loss works.

If you starve yourself, or deprive your body of any of the macronutrients (i.e. proteins, fats, carbohydrates), you won’t lose belly fat. Instead, you’ll end up messing with your metabolism. Essentially, you’ll end up slowing down your metabolism and stopping your fat loss before it even starts.

So, to really lose belly fat, you can’t try to spot reduce it away. Spot reduction does not work. Instead, you must focus on fat loss in the body as a whole. You have to include compound exercises, and high intensity cardio. And, you absolutely must include a healthy and balanced diet.

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Ab Exercises – the Facts for Sexy Abs

Ab exercises are one of the most popular, and yet, most controversial topics in the exercise and health/fitness industry. Hundreds of ab belts, ab gadgets, ab gimmicks, and ab exercise machines have flooded the exercise market for people looking for sexier and flatter abs… that sexy six-pack abs appearance that everybody wants.


The problem is that most of the ab exercises that are recommended all over the internet, and in magazines, etc, are not necessarily the best method to get that six-pack abs appearance. First and foremost, the most important aspect for great looking six pack abs is losing the extra stomach fat that is covering up the abs. To be honest, most people already have decent abs underneath, yet the six-pack is simply covered up by all of that extra flabby belly fat.


Instead of focusing so much on ab exercises to make your belly flatter and more like a six-pack, you will lose much more abdominal fat by focusing the majority of your workout time with special combinations of high intensity full-body, multi-joint exercises. The best exercises for losing that sloppy ab fat are the exercises that work the largest portions of the body at once.


Exercises that work the much larger muscle groups of the legs, upper and lower back, and chest give you the biggest metabolic bang for your buck in terms of ab fat loss. Combining these types of big multi-joint exercises in high intensity super-set, tri-set, or circuit fashion gives you the biggest fat-burning and metabolism boosting response from your workouts.


And that is one of the best kept secrets for flat sexy abs that are actually visible as a six-pack!


Now when it comes to ab-specific exercises, another mistake most people make is mindlessly pumping away with hundreds of crunches and other meaningless abdominal exercises that barely give your abs much resistance to work against. If you want to actually develop your abs to the best extent possible, don’t waste your time with exercises that you can do more than 20 or 25 reps… that means you are definitely not doing an exercise that provides enough resistance to the abs. Exercises that give you enough resistance to get you down into the 6-15 rep range per set works great for the abs.


Generally, higher resistance ab exercises that provide a much larger stimulus to the abdominals come in the form of exercises that involve raising/curling the legs and pelvis either upward or inward closer to the trunk. A couple great examples of these higher resistance ab exercises are hanging leg raises or knee raises using a “pelvic curl up”, or an exercise like lying hip thrusts. Many times, the same people that can do 80 or 100 crunches, can’t even complete more than 2 or 3 properly executed hanging leg raises, because they simply have never worked the abs under heavier resistance.


If you really want tighter flatter abs that look like a six-pack, remember that losing that extra stomach fat is actually the MOST important part. Also, when it comes to ab-specific exercises, always remember higher resistance exercises that involve curling/raising the legs and pelvis upward or inward are what develops the abs to the best extent possible.

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Why Almost Everyone is Wrong About Stomach Exercises and Abdominal Muscles

“Stomach exercises” are among the most frequently asked about and searched on (via internet) yet misunderstood subjects in the entire field of health, fitness and exercise. Regardless of age, experience or gender, everyone wants a flat “stomach” because the abdominal region is the true showcase of your physique. Since the abs are usually the last place to “shape up” and “lean out,” then most people would say that if you’ve got abs, you’ve got it all.

Well, in my way of thinking, this is only partially true. There’s more to a complete physique than “abdominal exercises” and “six pack abs” and most people are completely wrong about “stomach exercises” and “”stomach muscles.” (you’ll find out why in just a moment)…

The Difference Between “6-Pack Abs” And Truly “Fit Abs”

Having a great looking set of abs is very much a matter of low body fat. But make no mistake, just being lean and seeing a “six-pack” doesn’t mean you are strong, fit or conditioned. Real fitness means more than visible muscle development, it means strength, endurance, and stability, and this type of true functional fitness does not come from merely eating the right foods or reducing your body fat.

Nutrition is so important that you could even say that “abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym” and you would not be telling a lie. But this clever maxim is not telling the whole truth either. Great abs come from nutrition AND training, not one or the other. The training develops them. The nutrition uncovers them.

Don Juan Ponce de Leon arrived in America in 1493 looking for a fountain of youth and today in the “stomach exercise” marketplace, it seems that far too many people are looking for a “magic fountain” in order to flatten their waistlines.

Ponce never found the fountain of youth and you will never find a magical solution for flat abs. There are no short cuts. It takes a change in lifestyle to get a change in health, physique and performance. That includes nutrition AND training. There’s No Such Thing As “Stomach Exercises”

THIS is your stomach! Proper choice of exercise is a critical factor in your quest for a firm and flat waistline. But you will never get a great “stomach” from ANY “stomach exercise” because your stomach is a part of your digestive tract, not your skeletal muscular system! So let’s get the terminology straight, shall we? The area of you body you really want to improve is called your “core region.” Many people refer to it as the “abdominal region.”

However, training only with “ab exercise” is NOT the optimal approach. The abdominals only include the front (anterior) side of your body and if the only type of training you do is abdominal training, you may be unwittingly setting yourself up for lower back problems. If you don’t think this is serious, then consider this statistic: According to the

American Chiropractic Association, more than 31 million Americans are suffering from low back pain at any given time. So would you like to trade great abs for a bad back? I didn’t think so. The good news is that you can kill two birds with one stone. You can develop great abdominal muscles, great core muscles and a strong, pain-free back by using exercises that focus not on the “stomach,” (which is not a muscle you train at all), not on the “abdominals,” (which is only part of the muscles you need to target), but on the entire core.

The core is the key to your success. The core is the entire complex of muscles around your hip and waist region from your lower rib cage to the bottom of your pelvis. If you just focus on “abdominal exercises” alone (or “stomach” exercises, LOL), you will develop what I refer to as a “one dimensional body.” I focus on training the body as a whole, or “multi-dimensional training” to develop a complete person and to develop effective and powerful athletes.

What every program I write has in common is that I do not attempt to “isolate” the abdominals (or train the “stomach muscles!”) It’s all about the core and about integrating your body as a unit so you function better in daily life. As you do core-focused exercise programs you are improving not only your muscular system but also the systems that drives your muscular system – that is, the nervous system.

This may very well be the most important secret for getting better results in your workout programs. The more efficiently your nervous system works, the better your results will be. Core workouts that improve both muscular strength and conditioning while also improving neural drive and develop stronger neural control of the associated muscles.

This type of training for your core may very well be the most important secret for getting better results in your workout programs.

* THIS is why my “brand” of core training gets results in women who have had C-sections, or other abdominal surgeries when nothing else worked

* THIS is why the core exercises I recommend will flatten out a “pooching” belly, which is a result of deep muscular weakness and lack of neuromuscular control (It’s NOT just a body fat problem!)

* THIS is why my clients have overcome lower back when all else failed

* THIS is why my workout program have helped men and women recover from embarrassing incontinence

* THIS is how I have helped hundreds of new moms regain their flat and firm midsections after having their babies

* THIS is why my clients remain injury free, while so many other training programs are actually the CAUSE of injuries * And THIS is why my type of training – PROGRESSIVE CORE TRAINING – develops amazing athletes – top wrestlers, PGA golfers, and pro boxers with powerful punches and abs of steel. I’ve written an entire book about core training (“Firm And Flatten Your Abs), which you learn more about on the Flatten Your Abs home page, as well as dozens of articles which you can read elsewhere on this site (or you can subscribe to my biweekly newsletter).

The purpose of this article was not to give more workout routines (there are plenty of core training workouts to be found on this site and in my book and lots more to come in upcoming issues of my newsletter). The purpose of this article was to “install” 3 incredibly important lessons into your brain:

* You can’t train your “stomach” because your stomach is an internal organ of digestion not a skeletal muscle!

* You can’t totally “isolate” your abdominals because your abdominals do not work in isolation, they work in conjunction with the rest of your body (and “isolation” as with only doing crunches, is not the optimal approach anyway).

* You get more by training your core! You become a better athlete, you help prevent injuries, you get stronger and you get that coveted 6-pack abs look. I hope the “morals” of these lessons have already sunk in and will become a part of your own fitness philosophy… and the next time you hear someone talk about “stomach exercises”, you’ll now be able to get a good chuckle out of that.

David Grisaffi is a Sports Conditining Coach and holds multiple certifications including three from the prestigious CHEK Institute: Level II Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiologist, Golf Biomechanic, and Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach. Plus he is also the author of the popular selling e book, “Firm and Flatten Your Abs,” which teaches you how to develop a ripped abdominal region. Lean how to shed bodyfat and eliminate low back pain and receive his free newsletter by visiting: http://www.flattenyourabs.net

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Stomach Exercise Schedules – Giving It The Right Time!

There’s no question, people do want flat stomach, whether it’s a woman who has just had a kid, or a guy who likes to impress people. When most of them have their good intentions while it comes down to build their “six pack” many don’t find dedication or time to really follow and to see the real results they want, and usually they give up. To solve these problems there are many ideas which helps a person wanting a flat stomach but can’t find the energy or time to perform intense exercises for the stomach.

For many who want to do the stomach workouts, there are as many, probably even more, who like to watch TV. This is the perfect time to perform these stomach exercises. During ads, or every 10 minutes if there are no ads, lie on the ground and do many exercises for stomach as possible in the commercial break. If you haven’t done your stomach exercises for a while, it’s better to start it slowly, but make it as a sport, and try doing more repetitions every time. Follow this plan; it would help the body in many different ways. First, there are no extra schedules involved, for most, watching TV at some time in the day is quite natural hence no additional time is taken, from the day for doing these stomach exercises. The 2nd thing is this strategy would help us with is that, any human body must not be motionless for more than 30 minutes , getting up and doing these stomach exercises for every few minutes boosts up your body’s metabolism rate.

The other good time to perform these stomach exercises is as the first thing during the morning hours. Try to roll out of the bed and lie on the floor, then do as many repetitions possible in a particular time limit, it can be even just 5 minutes. There’s a lot of proof to prove that exercising, as the 1st thing during the morning hours, might be much more beneficial to an individual than trying to exercise in other times of a day. There are lots of reasons for this but still; one valid reason would be that it gets the metabolism rate going for the entire day after a night’s sleep. As most of the people are more concerned about the look of the stomach, it seems to be logical to start the day off with a set of stomach workouts.

Of course, for people who are able to allot time every day to exercise, their routine must include stomach exercise. There are reports, which say that muscles should be rested, so, exercise one particular muscle group every day, while some others say that abs muscles can be exercised everyday. A way to answer this question that, when to perform these stomach exercises, every other day or every day is listen to your own body first. If those stomach muscles become sore, give them rest, if not then work on them very intensely on the next day, however try to imbibe at least 1 set of stomach workouts daily.

There’s good reason for the desire to develop strong abdomen muscles, besides for the sake of appearance. This becomes the core of the body. If it’s not strong, the whole body will be suffering. The best news is, many stomach exercises might be done everywhere with absolutely zero machines or equipments. With a little bit of diligence and little creativity, there’s awesome time throughout the day for doing stomach exercises

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


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For Ripped Abs Quick You Have to Lift Some Weight

If you want to get yourself a set of ripped abs quick you are going to have to put in some hard work. Your current overall level of fitness will go along ways to determining just how fast you can whip your abs into shape. The greater your level of body fat the longer it will take because until that layer of fat is gone your six pack will be comfortably hidden.

The burn away that fat layer you need to crank up your metabolism and there is no better way to do that then by building muscle. Here’s the catch though, you can’t just exercise specific body parts. Doing abdominal exercises will not get you what you want. You need to burn fat and to do that you need to do what is called complex movement strength training.

Your entire body is a complex system of muscle, bone, nerves, ligaments, skin, and cells that are all interconnected and lend support to each other. No where is this better seen then with your muscles. Isolating muscle groups during a workout does not support this goal. Your body’s musculature works along a kinetic chain which means that as you move different muscle groups are brought into action to support a complex movement.

If you isolate muscles by doing single joint exercises you increase your risk of injury not to mention a body that is not nearly as strong and functional. You want all your muscle groups to work together and single joint movements are not the way to make this happen.

Let’s look at the crunch, one of the most well known ab exercise. It does a good job of working your abs but that’s about it. Most people experience some sort of back pain when they do this exercise because this movement is creating a muscle imbalance. In fact many people over work their abs to the point that they begin to suffer from chronic back pain. This type of weight lifting movement also does little to burn that excess body fat that’s hiding your abs.

The best way to get a lean powerful body is by using complex movements when you exercise. If you notice most everyday tasks require you to move in a variety of different directions as do most athletic events. It takes all your muscles working in conjunction to support all this movement so it only makes sense that exercising in the same fashion would be beneficial.

The other thing that complex movements such as squats, dead-lifts, and lunges do is strengthen your entire core. Your core muscles are all those muscles that connect your upper body to your lower body and include all your abdominals, your back, and hips. These muscles stabilize your body and working them as a group creates a strong and powerful core.

Complex movement training also works hundred of other muscles in your body including some of the largest such as your quadriceps and hamstrings. You will burn large amounts of calories not only during your workout but also after your workout because increasing lean muscle mass leads to an increased resting metabolic rate. You will also stimulate the production of growth hormone and testosterone which increases muscle growth and fat reduction.

Getting your self a set of ripped abs quick will take some hard work and dedication, but the results will be worth it. Just remember that your abs but a part of your overall muscle system and you need to work the whole system for fast results.

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