Factors to Consider
There are many factors to consider when doing abs. Below is a list of a few. I get questions about abs frequently. It’s frustrating when I go to a site and they have 12 articles on abs, some contradict others and there’s no cohesive stance on whats best and why. As time permits, I’ll develop this article to include my take on all things abs.
- Person’s Goal
- Equipment Needed
- Skill Level
- Low Impact
- Biggest Bang for a Buck
My Favorite Ab Circuit / At Home Ab Routine
I don’t ever do ab circuits myself really. I like isolated exercises more. They’re just more enjoyable and I like the effects of the muscle soreness the day after. If I were training a client or got a wild hair up my butt to do a circuit, this is one of my go-to’s. I love this video because my baby girl bulldog who passed away last year is in it. And you can see the bond her and I have. It was super special.
One of My Favorite Ab Exercises
This is one of my favorite ab exercises. It has been for a couple years. It’s one of my favorites mostly because I can always feel the effects the day after. My lower abs, which is a hard area to target for most people, are usually sore the day after doing 3 sets of these for 60 reps each. The video here only shows about 10 reps of forward and back movement with the arms. I now do the back and forth movement 20 times, then I move my elbows in small circles clockwise for 20 reps, then counter clockwise for 20 reps, 60 reps total. I always do 3 sets.
Nine times out of ten my lower abs are sore the day after. Which I LOVE. It makes me feel my target area was worked. Even though some professionals have certain opinions on muscle soreness, I personally enjoy the feeling. It’s a behavior reinforcer for me.
At 3:55 in my Vlog (Video Blog) below you can see another ab exercise I enjoy when training with a partner. My abs are usually sore after and it’s fun. But maybe not the most effective if you’re really trying to develop your 6-pack or oblique musculature (hypertrophy / increase size). More so if you’re just trying to give your abs a little workout.
Abs for Beginners
Recently, I’ve began training small group fitness classes again and might begin training 40-70 year olds at another gym so I’m diving into more regressions / beginner exercise. My two favorite low impact / beginner ab exercises are the reverse crunch and the marching. Marching is the most regressed supine core exercise I know.
To you and your abs – Cheers and thanks for tuning in. Find me on social media or email me (links below) if you’re interested in my other favorite ab exercises.
G.I.Lane & Fit Achilles
Original: 12/11/15 | Updated: 7/26/18
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