Sunday, April 11, 2010

How to Do Ab Workouts

Knowing how to do ab workouts will help you to achieve the six pack abs that you have always wanted. If you have an exercise ball, you can do even more ab workouts that are very effective. Even with no exercise equipment you can workout your abs everyday in your own home.

STANDING EXERCISES - Workout your abs every day doing a variety of exercises that target your abs. While standing bring your knee up in front of you and touch it with the elbow of the same side of your body. Work up to doing 5 sets of 20 each day. There are several variations of this exercise such as bringing your knee up to the side of your body instead of straight up and touching your elbow to your knee or alternating by touching your knee with the elbow of the opposite side of your body. This is an exercise that you can do every day, but you should at least workout your abs three days per week.

CRUNCHES - Do a variety of crunches everyday to workout all of the muscles of you abdomen.

Double crunches - While laying on your back, bend your knees and move them toward your head. At the same time, have your hands behind your neck and move lift and move your head forward so that your elbows touch your knees. Push your lower back into the ground as you are doing this exercise.

Reverse Crunches - Lay on your back and extend your arms and legs into the air. Push your lower back into the ground as you stretch your legs and arms into the air. This is a tough position and you will feel it.

PLANKS - Do planks every day to keep your ab muscles strong. A plank is a position that you put your body in and then hold it. Try to hold it while clenching your abdominal muscles for a count of 30. Do ten reps a day. There are two different ways that you can do planks.

Regular Plank - Get on the floor in a semi push up position, where you are balancing your body on your elbow, arm and hands (instead of hands only). Keep your back straight and tighten your abdominal muscles and hold.

Push Up Position - Get on the floor in push up position with your arms fully extended and holding up your body. Tighten your abdominal muscles, keep your back straight and hold the position.

Knowing how to do ab workouts will keep your belly flat.

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