If you are trying to take your professional training to the next level, you will need some weights.
Like the rest of the muscles in the body, the abs will respond better to a strength training program that uses the principle of progressive overload, which states that muscles grow when they adapt to handle increasingly difficult stimuli. Too many abdominal routines only require you to use a yoga mat and body weight while sticking with the same repetition ranges, so this workout uses weights to add a load to challenge those muscles.
What’s more, you’ll get better aesthetic and real-world strength consolidation results if you spread your attention beyond the six-pack muscles (the abdominal rectum). Your core is so much more than these crunches, so using exercises that involve more muscles will only help you, whether you’re training to prepare for the summer season or just want to move and feel better. Best of all, this abdominal workout is really a full body routine designed to hammer the core, so your back, shoulders and arms are combined as well.
Directions: Do this workout 3 to 5 times a week. (You can never train your core too much!) On days you don’t do this workout, try a 20-minute walk or run.
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Departure to Downward Dog
Start small. Lean forward, place your hands on the floor, and run them until you are in the bending position. Tighten your abs and buttocks. Pause. Keeping your arms and legs straight and your abs tight, lift your hips toward the ceiling and bring your elbows closer to your ears. Reverse the movements. That is, 1 representative. Repeat for 40 seconds and then rest for 20 seconds. Repeat 3 times. You will wake up the hamstrings and hamstrings and also teach your core to prepare in all situations.
1. Recovery in three steps
Start training by building ab and gluteal strength. Lying on your back, a dumbbell in your left hand directly over your shoulder and your left knee bent. Place your right hand on the floor, shake your abs and lift your torso, keeping your weight on top. Tighten your abs and lift your torso a little more: extend your right arm. Squeeze your buttocks, raising your hips. This is 1 rep; make 3 sets of 8 per side.
2. Paused row of bear board
Keep hammering your abs while also creating central strength. Start on a bear plank, wrists below shoulders, knees on the floor, core and buttocks tight, with your right hand gripping a weight or weight. Keeping your hips and shoulders square on the floor, stir the weight into your rib cage. Pause for 1 second, then lower it. This is 1 rep; do 3 sets of 6 to 8 per side.
3. V-Sit Halo
Now, train your abdominal muscles to prevent the rib cage from popping up in all situations. Sit on the floor, with your legs together, with a dumbbell or kettlebell on your chest. Squeeze your abs, lifting your legs an inch off the floor and support your torso slightly. This is the beginning. Keeping your abs tight and working to keep from swinging, wrap the weight around your head. Do 2 reps counterclockwise and then 2 reps counterclockwise. Repeat this pattern for 40 seconds and then rest for 20 seconds. Make 3 sets.
4. March Off Bridge-Load Hip Bridge
It builds the basic real-world strength needed to stabilize your hips when running and walking. Lie on your shoulder blades on a bench or ottoman, with a dumbbell in your right hand. Reach the dumbbell as high as possible without arching your back. This is the beginning. Keeping your hips and shoulders square to the ceiling, walk your feet high. Repeat this pattern for 40 seconds and then rest for 20 seconds. Do 2 sets per arm.
5. Copenhagen Plank Pressout
Teach your abs, glutes and obliques to come together (and also train your running career). Start with a side plank, left foot on a bench or ottoman, right leg stretched out in front of you, knee bent. Hold a light weight in your left hand, with your wrist close to your body. Keeping your hips and shoulders stacked, press the weight forward. Press and hold for 2 seconds. Pull it towards your body. This is 1 rep; make 3 sets of 8 per side.
A version of this story originally appears in the May 2021 issue of Men’s Health, titled “The Total-Body Ab Blaster.”
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