In a new video on the Athlean-X channel, strength coach Jeff Cavaliere shares some simple, immediately applicable tips on how to make your workouts more effective when training your abs.
First, be honest with yourself and admit that your goal is at least partially driven by aesthetics as well as fitness. And that means doing workouts dedicated to specific abdominal and oblique training, rather than just doing your heavy lifts and other exercises where the core is relegated to a stabilizing role. “Just doing the ancillary work through the big lifts isn’t enough to get your abs into the peak shape you want them to be,” he says.
Also, don’t do your abs at the end of a lifting workout, because you’ll be too tired. “The quality of the contraction matters more for abs training than maybe anything else you do in the gym,” says Cavaliere, who recommends doing your abs workout on her own time.
He also warns that in a number of abdominal exercises, it’s easy to let other muscles step in and do more work, like the hip flexors. It is important to focus on executing each movement with good form to ensure the pressure stays on the abs. As Cavaliere says, “Stop counting reps and make your reps count.”
Another way to get the most out of your abdominal workouts is to limit the time you spend resting between sets, keeping it to a maximum of 30 seconds to increase the strain and fatigue you put on those sets. muscles. And don’t forget to end this workout with an abdominal stretch.
And finally, Cavaliere wants to remind you that nutrition is just as important as exercise when it comes to achieving muscle definition here. “Whether or not you see your abs, it’s really a matter of body fat accumulation,” he says. “The best way to get rid of body fat is to be in a calorie deficit, so you need to make sure you’re eating right.”
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