Ever wonder why you can train abs over and over again and still not get the results you're looking for? Check out this video where James Grage reveals some simple secrets for getting 6-pack abs.
We'll start out with a basic ab exercise, the crunch. Now,to properly do a crunch, think about bringing your head toward your knees instead of up toward the ceiling). Just make sure you don’t pull on your neck or head. As you can see here, this now gets a nice curvature in the lower spine and brings point A and B closer together. You should now feel a greater contraction throughout your entire abdominal region. Once you've mastered proper technique you can then add resistance into the exercise. High reps don't build your abs or burn belly fat - you build your abs the same way you would build any other body part - with resistance.
Now, the hanging leg raise is actually an effective exercise when done correctly. To do it properly we need to get that pelvis tilted up. Instead of finishing in the top position, we're going to use that as our starting point. From there we’re going to do a reverse crunch. Don't think about bringing your knees up toward the ceiling but instead bringing them toward your head - just like we did with the crunch but in reverse. You can see here that we're now getting good curvature in the spine, and bringing points A and B closer together, for maximum muscle contraction. Make sure you don't use momentum and swing. Start with a slow and controlled movement and then squeeze at the top before coming back to the starting position. That squeeze is the most important part, so don't rush it.
So now that you know what the function of your abdominals is you can apply this same discipline to any ab exercise. If it doesn't meet this criteria of "shortening the distance between A and B" then it's not the best bang for your buck when it comes to building your abs.
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