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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Some Ab Exercises

(Remember: I'm not a doctor, so all standard disclaimers apply. Proceed at your own risk!)

Today I've found a video that claims you can get six-pack abs in 6 minutes. I'm posting this video because it shows a wide variety of ab exercises you can do. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU TRY TO DO ALL OF THESE EXERCISES TOGETHER UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING OUT FOR A LONG TIME... OR HAVE A DEATH WISH. And frankly, there are less painful ways to die.

First, here's the video:



And now, a few observations:
  • Pick one of the exercises to add to your workout routine. You don't have to do the same one everyday - variety helps prevent boredom and promotes more balanced development - but when you're starting out, it's easier to pick just one and stick with it. If you're following my workout guidelines, that would mean sticking with that exercise for at least your first month. Your body will be used to it by then. Variety should never slow down your progress or interrupt your attempt to develop a routine.
  • Ignore the number of reps in the video. When starting out, do even fewer of them than you think you can do. Trust me, you'll think you did ok until you wake up the next morning and your abs are cramped from overuse.
  • Also do the reps more slowly than the guy in the video. Not only will you minimize the chance of injury, but you may actually improve faster. Many instructors believe that slow movements are more beneficial than ones with lots of momentum.
  • Although this guy uses a couch, you don't need one. Some of the exercises can be done using a regular straight chair, and most can be done laying flat on the floor... especially if you do the exercise slowly.
  • Different exercises work different parts of your abs. Some work upper abs, some work lower abs, and those ones he does where he twists? Those work the obliques, or sides of your torso. Ultimately you may be doing exercises that work all of those during a single workout, but don't worry about that while starting out.
Ok, simple enough. By the way, did I mention that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU TRY TO DO ALL OF THESE EXERCISES TOGETHER?

4 comments:

  1. ok - I'm tired just watching the video ! Looks like a good program, though. Thanks !

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  2. I get tired even thinking about doing all these ab exercises. Of course, I did say that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU TRY TO DO ALL OF THESE EXERCISES TOGETHER, didn't I? ;-D

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  3. Well - I can DO all the exercises...just takes about 3 times as long.

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  4. If I tried to DO them all, I'd just be DONE. I'm pretty sure that would NOT be good. ;-)

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