Friday, May 23, 2008

Ten Best Ab Exercises

With summer right around the corner, lets take one more look at ab exercises. I found this article and believe it provides some great guidance on what ab exercises you should be performing. Due to size restrictions, I am going to just publish the names of the exercises here. For more detailed descriptions of how to perform the exercises properly, please click on the link below the list.

Top 10 Most Effective Ab Exercises

The following exercises are part of the American Council on Exercise's study to determine the most effective ab exercises. Keep in mind that ab exercises won't reduce fat over the abs or create the coveted 'six-pack' abs. That comes with good genes and low body fat, although you should strengthen the abs along with the rest of the body to build muscle and raise your metabolism. For more about flat abs, visit my Abs Page for articles, workouts, FAQs and more.

1. Bicycle Exercise
Captain's Chair
Exercise Ball Crunch
Vertical Leg Crunch
Torso Track
Long Arm Crunch
Reverse Crunch
Full Vertical Crunch
Ab Rocker
Plank on Elbows and Toes


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Summer Abs

This is the time of year when most of us start to realize just how quickly pool season snuck up on us. The time for blaming long hours and late nights for your lack of recent gym-time is over. Its time to take action and turn that jelly-bowl into a rock-hard chick magnet. With situps generally going the way of the dodo, this article from Mens Fitness brings them back to the forefront. This is an easy updated situp you can do from the comfort of your own home...

The Situp
Forget that version of the situp you performed in grade school
Forget that version of the situp you performed in grade school (the one in which you jerked your neck up like someone had just blown an air horn next to your ear). Instead, embrace the classic situp, and follow these guidelines on how to do it correctly from Nate Green, a trainer in Whitefish, Mont.

1 LIE ON YOUR BACK ON THE FLOOR, BEND YOUR KNEES 90 DEGREES, and plant your feet flat. Tuck your chin slightly toward your chest. Raise your arms off the floor so that they’re parallel to your body and pointing toward your feet.

2 KEEPING YOUR FEET AND BUTT ON THE FLOOR, RAISE YOUR TORSO OFF THE FLOOR and toward your thighs, coming up as far as you can (it’s OK to let your lower back come off the floor). The movement should be smooth; don’t jerk. Reverse the motion to return to the starting position. That’s one rep.

Correct these common problems for better situp form

YOU DON’T GO HIGH ENOUGH. Years of doing crunches may have taught you to raise only your head and shoulders off the floor. Nonsense. “Allow your lower back to round as you come up,” says Green.

YOU PULL YOURSELF UP BY YOUR NECK. It’s OK to place your hands behind your head, but don’t pull your head forward as you rise; it causes neck strain. “Start by pointing your arms straight forward [as shown at left],” says Green, “then you can progress to folding your arms across your chest, and then to cupping your hands around your ears.”


Friday, May 16, 2008

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