It’s almost spring and time to go shirtless; the question is, are you ready to show off those six-pack abs? If not, try implementing these 6 tips to perfect your mid-section. Before you start, always remember that these tips alone won’t carve out a shredded six-pack; but if you are sticking to a calorie controlled diet and getting in enough exercise, these tips may just help you get there faster.


KEEP TENSION

By keeping constant tension on the abs, you ensure that you work your abs until they are properly fatigued. This can be done by stopping the movement just short of the endpoint on both the concentric and eccentric motion.


KEEP RANGE OF MOTION SMALL

In most ab exercises, it isn’t necessary to use a large range of motion. For example, a rudimentary crunch is performed by lifting your shoulders no more than 20-25cm off the floor. Sitting up any further than this will not stimulate the abs any further and may actually alleviate the tension we need to place on our abs as per point number 1.


HOLD IT AT THE PEAK

Holding your contraction at the peak of the movement momentarily will increase the stress you place on your abs. This will help you to really concentrate on the muscle instead of rushing through your reps.


SLOW AND STEADY

Like all muscle groups, adding intensity to the contraction allows for more muscle fiber stimulation. Using a slow and flowing movement will help to add this intensity and to minimize the use of momentum to complete the movement.


BREATHE CORRECTLY

By holding your breath until you have reached peak contraction, you will be positioning yourself for a more intense abdominal contraction. Breathing through the movement or exhaling early will greatly diminish your ability to get a full contraction.


WORK YOUR ENTIRE ABDOMINAL AREA

Just performing sit-ups will not cut it when it comes to working your entire abdominal area. Your will need to concentrate on moves that work your upper, mid and lower abs as well as your obliques



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