Abdominal Tips

Without doubt the abdominals muscles are the main area that we all look upon when deciding how fit we look. Many people unfortunately believe by performing 100's of abdominal type exercises they will resolve the belly problem they have - these abdominal tips will hopefully help you and save you time.

Our abdominal tips video is also our most viewed video on the site - because everyone wants or loves to have a great displaying 6-pack.

Great care and excellent technique are required to strengthen the abdominal muscles with sit-ups.

To be effective, sit-ups must pull the torso upward from a lying position toward the knees, using only the abdominal group, or in reverse bringing the pelvis upwards towards your chest.

Often, more powerful muscles (those that flex the legs and hips), do much of the work. This is especially true with straight-leg sit-ups.

For best results, your abdominals should be performed slowly with legs resting on a chair/bench, so that legs are bent at 90 degrees.

Twisting at the top of the sit-up movement causes tremendous rotational stress on the lower back which can lead to injury.

When doing sit-ups, never push through back pain. Stop immediately at even the slightest twinge in the lower back.

Checklist:

  • Feet flat on the floor close to the buttocks, or raised up on a bench.
     
  • Avoid having the feet held down, unless you want to work your Hip Flexor muscles.
     
  • No jerking or twisting movements for beginners.
     
  • Breathe comfortably throughout the exercise.
     
  • Commence curls with the shoulders, then the upper back and finally the lower back.
     
  • Bring the torso up no more than 30 degrees; hold momentarily then lower the torso.
     
  • Clasp hands behind the neck just to support the weight of the head.
     
  • Don’t pull on your head when doing the exercise.
     
  • Keep your chin off your chest, aim to keep your upper spine straight (neutral) Warm up your stomach muscles with easy stomach exercises, before you advance.
     
  • Finish off by stretching out the abdominals. By doing some dorsal raises, this will help stretch out your abdominals.
     
  • If you have use of an abdominal exerciser, this will help give you the correct position.
     

 

comments powered by Disqus

Join over 150k fitness users

Select your areas of interest