Just a few basic tips that will complement the next article on PumpingFit.com detailing a good number of different exercises for your abs training:
1: Try this test to see if you need to prioritise your abs during your training plan: place yourself in a sit up position, making sure your feet are firmly flat on the floor,legs bent and bum on the floor. place the tips of your fingers behind your ears, elbows behind the sides of your body. Now gradually, lower your back towards the floor – if you suddenly collapse in a heap (ie: you can’t take the strain) – you need to allocate more time in your weekly workouts to abs training.
2: The kind of exercises you should be concentrating on for your abs are the standard sit ups – purely because it offers you a lot more flexibility in being able to target the whole of your abs. Once you are comfortable with abs training, try using a swiss ball to arch your back with a light dumbbell behind you, gradually bringing your chest and the dumbbell in a forward motion until you reach the crunch position.
3: If you have difficulty in keeping your feet flat on the floor when doing crunches, ask a fellow gym member to help keep your feet on the ground. If you also find it uncomfortable on your back when doing the sit up movement, place a thin cushion underneath the arch of your back.
4: Breathe in when you start your movement, breathe out when you reach the top part of your crunch.
5: Treat your abs like every other muscle group – do not train them everyday. Two to three times per week.
6: Realise too, doing an endless amount of abs training will not get you that 6 pack! You need to make sure you spend as much time working on your diet and nutrition to get rid of that fat covering your pack!