Training abs should be no different than training any other body part. Abs are a part of our muscular system just like back or chest is and grows just like any other muscle group.
Why most people insist that you have to trainer abs differently than other body parts makes no sense to me.
Im not sure why people train abs everyday. Abs, like all muscle groups in the body, are subject to overtraining just like the deltoids are.
Who trains shoulders with endless sets of presses, laterals and upright rows, every day? I can tell you this, you only need to train abs twice a week. Thats it. No more and no less.
Hit them hard and they will grow. So, with that in mind, Ive decided to provide you with a fast ab workout routine that will hit your abs hard and drastically cut down on your workout time. I usually do this workout when I am getting rid of fat.
What you are going to do is one giant set. That is, you are going to do the first exercise which is crunches for 20 repetitions.
Once youve completed 20 repetitions for the crunch, you will immediately head over and do 20 repetitions for the hanging leg raise. Once youve completed the handing leg raise, you will immediately do 30 repetitions for the twists. The entire cycle is one giant set.
You will do 4 giant sets for the entire cycle. This is a tough workout so be prepared for the burn. Remember, although you want the "burn" in your abdominal region, you don't want to overdo it.
Once you start to feel some cramping, quit right away. No need to do another set because once you've reached the cramps, it is more than enough. Wait until your next workout to try it again. Your body will slowly start to accommodate this extra stress and the cramping will stop.
Also, drink plenty of water. Have at least two glasses prior to working out and another 2 to 3 as you workout. This will help ensure your body is hydrated throughout the workout and will cut down on muscle cramps.
As you progress, add more repetitions or weight to add more intensity to the workout. Or, you may want to add another ab exercise or two. Also, if you want to make it a little more challenging, try adding 50 jumping jacks to the start of the circiut. This will help add a little more intensity to the workout.
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