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Six Pack Abs Workouts - No More 50 Pushups

Apr 6, 2008
One misunderstanding that is very common in the gym is the numbers of crunches you need to do to gain six pack abs. All the time I hear people brag about doing 50 or even 100 sit-ups, and at the same time complaining about not noticing any results. It seems to be the common understanding that the more crunches you do the better your abs will look.

When doing bench press or arm crunches you never do 50 reps per set. Instead you increase the weight of what you are lifting. You probably understand that you will never get the chest muscles you want if you keep pushing 60 pounds for years. When you want to grow stronger you add weight to your training. It is the same when you work on your six pack abs.

How many reps should you use when exercising your six pack abs? I use to aim for 12 and typically end up between 10 and 15. I use 3 reps on each exercise. I have talked to people that only use 8 reps per set, although these people often do 5 sets per exercise.

You can use many methods to increase the level of your six pack exercises. In this article I will use sit ups or crunches as an example since I know most of you are familiar with this exercise. One tip is to use a declining bench when doing sit ups. You can also increase resistance by lifting your feet. You can hold them in the air of find something to rest them on. By putting a handle on your chest you will also increase the resistance.

It is a good strategy to combine a set of different six packs abs exercises in you workout schedule. Not only should you work your abdominal muscles. I would suggest implementing one exercise for your side muscles and one exercise for your lower back muscles. This will give you a leaner posture and also strengthen your abs as well. Also keep in mind that you have several muscles in your abdominal region that all need to be exercised.

Like every other muscle group in your body, your abs need time to rebuild. It is not smart to exercise your abs every day. When you use resistance training your abs will be even more destroyed after workout and need some time to rebuild and grow stronger. I work out my abs two times a week, often the same days I do cardio exercises. I suggest two times a week is more than enough to build strong and lean six pack abs.

In this article we have examined the need of resistance in six pack growth and we have seen that when using resistance we only need to exercise out six pack abs twice a week. To get the fat away and reviled the six pack abs hidden under it we also need to implement some cardio exercises and a healthy diet into our plan. It is important to focus on increasing our metabolism on a daily basis. To build a stronger body will also help in this process.
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