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Top 10 Abdominal Exercise Mistakes

May 26, 2008
All abdominal workouts are very popular as a part of fitness programmers. Many people join health clubs and gyms with a dream to get a trimmer waist line, but get frustrated and quit exercising before they see any results. The abdominal muscles are essential for maintaining good posture and core stability. Traditional abdominal exercises include crunches and curl-ups. In this article I will point out to you "Top Ten Abdominal Exercise Mistakes" that many people make in their training sessions.

(1) Most common mistake that many of us make is we do not go for traditional method and try to use modern equipments. Use of machine or contraption of any kind to exercise the abs will never work as a perfectly performed curl ups on the floor. I'm always amazed by how many people are wandering aimlessly, walking leisurely on a tread mill while reading a book or cup of tea in hand, lifting weights that are so light and doing many silly things. Hence this is the basic mistake, so go for traditional method instead of purchasing costly equipments that gives no results.

(2) Many people try to pull their neck with their hands when they perform curl ups, it may cause unnecessary strain on the muscles and vertebrae. Instead you could place finger tips on ears.

(3) Another common performance mistake is lifting the body upwards by throwing the arms and shoulders forward instead of peeling the back of the head, then neck and then upper back off the flour. One should always try to perform the curl up with hands on the floor by the side, pointing straight or folded across the chest.

(4) Another blunder is performing a double straight leg lowering exercise for lower abdominals, which can strain the lower back and stretch the abdominals by making them weaker. In this case the correct method is to perform double knees to the chest or scissor action with legs lying flat on the floor.

(5) I have seen many exercisers perform curl ups with straight back which can strain lower back and only focus on fleshy tissue of hip muscle. The proper way is to keep spine as much as possible round even in an upward or downward action.

(6) Many try to perform a curl up with a gap in the lower back which is supposed to give disastrous results such as; you can strain your back badly and stretch the abdominals making them weaker. So the correct trick is to tilt the pelvis posterior by pressing the lower back to the floor.

(7) One more error that one commits is that they perform curl ups with too much bent knees. If you have tight hip flexors and forward tilt of the pelvis then doing exercises in such manner can cause these muscles to tighten or even shorten them. For this bend your knee and hip only to allow the lower back to flatten on the floor.

(8) Exercising on a bulky, spongy or bouncy surface is one more mistake that many do and make it harder to level their lower back. So always exercise on flat surfaces.

(9) Now I would like to state one common mistake. Most people while performing multiple curl ups ask someone to hold their feet or fix them in some object. This will cause a gap to be formed in the lower back.

(10) Last but not least, many make a blunder of neglecting the external musculature. During an abdominal exercise routine the involvement of core muscles is vital which forms the internal musculature. This negligence leads to abdominal distension.

So the talk is never over, I just tried to suggest some "Mistakes in Abdominal Exercises" which I consider the "Top 10 Errors". Also I have tried to rectify them shortly, which will give you the kind of flat stomach that you see on magazine covers, can help you improve your performance in any sport, and your endurance. In short in constructing your abdominal program, you want to make certain you limit the exercise movements to those that are safe as well as effective.
About the Author
Leong is a professional personal trainer. He is certified by the American Council on Exercise and has helped many people achieve their fitness goals safely, quickly and effectively. For limited time only, you can download his power pack Fat Loss E-Mag package absolutely free at Fat Loss E-Mag Package.
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