What’s the Best Ab Exercise?
by Chris Young
Don’t do this:
DON’T do this: The Abdominal Crunch
Sorry, but this is a complete waste of time! Any strengthening exercise which can be performed for hundreds of repetitions isn’t worth doing.
For the Beginner:
Make sure that your elbows and shoulders are in alignment and that your back is straight. Hold the position for sets of 60 seconds.
For the Intermediate:
Start in a kneeling position with your hips ahead of your knees. From this position let your hips push the roller forward; stretch out as far as you can before returning to the start position. Beware, these will make you very sore; if you’re still hurting when you come to train again then give them a miss. Perform 3 sets of 5 reps –that’s plenty!
For the Stud/Studette:
Walk around the gym holding a dumbbell in each hand; only do this when the gym is quiet please. Aim for 3-5 sets of 1 lap. Guys, you should be aiming for at least 30kg per hand; Ladies, anything less than 15kg per hand and you’re wimping out –come on, you do more than that when you’re shopping for shoes!
Chris is a British and World Champion Drug Free Powerlifter who has worked in the fitness industry since 1985, he currently runs the gym at the very prestigious Spa at Pennyhill Park (http://www.thespa.uk.com). Along with Powerlifting, Chris has competed nationally in Martial Arts, and has dabbled in Drug Free Bodybuilding. Chris can be contacted through www.getmightynow.com.