If you’ve been working like mad on your diet and exercise regime but have yet to see the results you want, you may need to strengthen your workout – here’s how.
So you’ve been working hard for the past few months, committing to changing your eating habits to incorporate healthy choices and taking time out of your busy day to engage in regular exercise, but you’re not seeing the results you should. Well, before you consider giving up, you may want to take steps to ensure your abs workout is as strong as it possibly could be by checking for these common mistakes and then rectifying them.
REACH FOR THE STARS
If you’re looking to get that perfect six pack, you’re going to need to maximise your exercise regime. This means that you can’t be complacent when it comes to the ab exercises you engage in whenever you go to the gym but instead you need to constantly push yourself to greater heights to avoid the risks of hitting a plateau when it comes to your gains.
You need to almost constantly modify and reassess your exercise regime to constantly challenge yourself. You’ll need to incorporate more challenge into your routine, either by increasing the number of repetitions you do or by taking on more demanding exercises that will push you and drive your physical fitness forward to ever greater heights – and it also helps if you perform these exercises properly as well!
DON’T TWIST – BUT KEEP YOUR FEET LOOSE
When it comes down to performing these exercises in the best way possible, you need to learn to avoid certain things, such as locking your feet whenever you perform a sit-up or abdominal crunch. Twisting your body with an eye towards total core strength building is another common pitfall, and while high overall core strength is an excellent goal, if you focus too much on these flexion exercises instead of those designed to work the abdominal muscles you’re not going to get the results you’re looking for.
Locking your feet when performing an abs exercise may seem instinctual, but doing so can actually lead to poor performance in that you end up using your hip flexors to pull up your knees instead of using your abdominal muscles. Likewise, unless you incorporate more traditional ab exercises into those twisting or flexion exercises designed to work your overall core, you’re simply missing out on some absolutely cracking opportunities to both strengthen your core muscles whilst also sculpting those ripped abs you want so badly.
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