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What Are The Best Types Of Abdominal Muscle Exercises?

Jan 24, 2008
When it comes to improving the condition of your abdominal muscles just by carrying out specific exercises that are designed to work on this group of muscles will not help you to achieve your ultimate goal. You also need to look at your genetic structure, how old you are as this ultimately determines the shape of abdomen you have whether you are a man or a woman. But having said this if you do use the right kinds of exercises then you will help to improve and strengthen your abdominal muscles.

The most effective types of exercises that you can use in order to improve, tone and condition your abdominal muscles will involve you doing some resistance training. As with all the major muscle groups to be found in the human body (arms, legs and back) you will find that your abdomen ones react in a more positive way when you use resistance training exercises.

As well as choosing resistance training exercises you should also choose ones that will after only say 20 repetitions make your muscles feel fatigued. It is these kinds of exercises that actually make sure that you are using your muscles in the correct way and so provide a much better result in the end.

The most effective of all the abdominal muscle exercises a person should be looking to improve their condition are the standard and combination crunch and the reverse curl. But as well as exercising if you really want to see improvement in your stomach area you need to make changes to your diet. What is the point of exercising if you continue to eat the same kinds of foods which have actually caused you to put on weight in the first place. Below we provide some information on how you should carry out the exercises we have mentioned above.

The standard crunch requires you to lay on the floor on your back with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent. Then slowly you should start to raise your shoulders up off the floor and concentrate on getting our ribs to move towards your hips. If you want to prevent your head from moving as your raise your shoulders then pretender that you have placed a grapefruit under your chin. Initially you should place your hands on your chest when first doing this exercise but as your strength and energy levels improve you can start to place your hands at the side or above your head.

When it comes to the reverse curl this exercise has been specifically designed to work on the fibrous matter to be found in the lower and side ab muscle in your body. Once more you need to lay on the floor (with some sort of protection underneath you) and then bend your knees up towards your chest in to a position that is not uncomfortable. However you must make sure that as you raise your knees towards your chest your hips remain touching the floor. Once you have got yourself into the correct position you need to start raising your hips off the floor. But rather than just pulling your knees closer to your chest you need to contract your abs muscles and this will help to bring your knees towards your chest. Also whilst doing this exercise in order for it to be really effective you must make sure that your legs do not swing to either side.

After a while you may discover that doing the reverse curl or standard crunch becomes much easier as your muscles begin to become stronger. Therefore if you want to challenge yourself further and help to get your muscles much stronger and more condition then start to include the combination crunch in your abs workout. This particular exercise is much more difficult as it requires you to carry out the reverse curl and standard crunch together.

But at the end of the day when it comes to improving the condition of abs you will find that you need to look closely at your body type in order to find a workout which will suit you perfectly. So therefore it is important that you look at the various different types of workouts others are using and possibly try some before you find the one that is suited to you. Doing this will then help to ensure that you reach your goal of having a great looking set of abs in the future.
About the Author
It is vital that before you start exercising to improve the condition of your abdominal muscles you should learn about their advantages and disadvantages. On our site Reveal Your Abs you will find everything you need to know about how to tone and improve the condition of your abs.
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