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Stop doing 50 Pushups - You Need Resistance to Get Six Pack Abs

Apr 7, 2008
A big mistake I see on a regular basis is people doing too many reps when they work on building six pack abs. A common misunderstanding is that the more pushups you do, the stronger your abs will get. This mistake is something we picked up at kids gym where all the six pack exercises we knew was crunches. We were thought that the more reps we did the stronger out six pack abs would be.

How many times have you ever seen people doing 50 reps when they are training bench press or working on their biceps? My guess is not many times. If you want to reach new levels in bench press you ad weight. If you kept on doing 60 pounds every time you did bench press you would never get anywhere. The same principles works when you exercise 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.

Implementing different six pack abs exercises in your abdominal working routine is a must. When you work your biceps you probably have three or four exercises that attacs a separate part of your biceps muscle. The same principle exists when working on your abs. Also implement some exercises to work out your other mid section muscle group like the sides and the lower back.

A common belief is that your abdominal muscled can be exercised every day. This is simply not the truth. Like every other muscle area of your body the abdominal muscles needs time to rest and to grow. We now know that when you work out your legs or other muscle groups we destroy that muscle group. The body then uses proteins to rebuild the muscles and make them stronger so that they are more fitted to handle a similar situation at a later time. This process takes days. If you work out your abs every day you will only end up destroying them. Two times a week is more than enough abdominal workout time.

We have now gone through the importance of implementing resistance in our abdominal workout routine. We have also seen that we only need to exercise our abs twice a week to get the results we want. More important than abdominal exercises is having a good diet and a good cardio exercise routine. If your six pack abs is hidden behind a layer of fat it does not help how strong and fit they are. Exercise your entire body on a regular basis and implement as much healthy and protein rich food in your diet as possible to get the results you want.
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To understand more about building six pack abs and develop the figure you have always wanted you should check out additional tips in my guide to six pack abs .
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