How to Get Amazing Abs

Best Ab Exercises and Top 4 Workouts

It’s not so much the training of abdominals, but the prioritization of nutrition that is the most significant factor in building amazing abs.”

Contrary to popular belief, abdominal muscles needn’t be trained more than one or two days per week. Overtraining abdominals is just as harmful and counterproductive as overtraining any muscle group. Overtraining abdominals can actually weaken your abdominal wall, possibly leading to an abdominal strain or tear. I personally suggest training abdominals no more than twice per week. I usually only perform isolated abdominal training one day per week, but certain exercises engage them as a secondary muscle, so they are receiving strength and conditioning while training other muscle groups.

Firstly, the truth is that the old adage that “Abs are made in the kitchen” is 100% true. Without a proper diet, you may strengthen your abs, but the chances of displaying a chiseled six-pack are slim to none, unless you’re blessed with ideal genetics. So, if your mission in life is having great abs, the kitchen is the place to start your application of eating clean for the results that are desired. If you begin to eat correctly and reduce body fat, you’ll be surprised to find the great abs that were already hidden beneath the body fat. People often ask me how they can get abs like mine. I always respond with, “It’s not so much the training of abdominals, but the prioritization of nutrition that is the most significant factor in building amazing abs.”

There are many different abdominal exercises that can benefit the strength of the abdominal wall, which consists of several layered muscles, such as the rectus abdominis, the transverse abdominis, the internal oblique and the external oblique. Different exercises condition and strengthen these both individually and as a functional group.

There are many challenging, complicated exercises that you’ll see people demonstrate, but the basic abdominal exercises such as crunches, knee raises, leg raises and cycling cross crunches (I adopted a variation of these that Cassius Clay performed early in his career that I named Cassius Clays) are all sufficient and effective to properly strengthen and condition the abdominal wall and obliques. I recommend sticking to the basics until you have proper form and have successfully strengthened and conditioned your abs to take on more challenging exercises.

Here are some of my personal abdominal workouts:

AB-BLASTER

Rest for 30 seconds in between each exercise.

1. Weighted Abdominal Machine (2 sets x 30 repetitions)

2. Standing Knee-ups (2 sets x 30 repetitions)

3. The Wheel (2 sets x 30 repetitions)

4. Straight-Leg Raise (slowly isometric – 2 sets x 15 repetitions)

5. Knee Raise (2 sets x 30 repetitions)

 

AB-BLASTER SERIES II

Rest for 30 seconds in between each exercise.

1. L-Crunch (1 set x 30 repetitions)

2. Matsuis (1 set x 30 repetitions – each time your shoulders touch the ground is considered 1 repetition)

3. Cassius Clays (1-2-3-4, crunch) (1 set x 30 repetitions – each crunch is considered 1 repetition)

4. Accordion (1 set x 30 repetitions)

5. Tens: 5-Movement Sequence (10 repetitions for each sequence)

(Accordions – Bicycles – Side-to-Side Scissors – Up and Down Scissors – Angled Hold)

AB-DOMINATION

Rest for 30 seconds in between each exercise.

1. Crunches (2 sets x 30 repetitions)

2. Slant Board Reverse Crunch (slowly isometric – 2 sets x 15 repetitions)

3. Slant Board Tens: 5-Movement Sequence (10 repetitions for each sequence)

(Accordions – Bicycles – Side-to-Side Scissors – Up and Down Scissors – Angled Hold)

4. The Arrow (hold for as long as you can)

AB-BASIC

Rest for 30 seconds in between each exercise.

1. L-Crunch (1 set x 30 repetitions)

2. Crunches (1 set x 30 repetitions)

3. Oblique Crunch on Exercise Ball (side-to-side – 2 sets x 30 repetitions)

4. Accordion (2 sets x 30 repetitions)

5. Knee Raise (2 sets x 30 repetitions)

John M. DiFazio II

John M. Di Fazio II is a nutrition consultant, a personal trainer, and a massage therapist and has over 25 of experience working in the fitness industry. He was employed by Gold's Gym for 13 years and in 2005 co-founded Remedy Fitness, a unique fitness establishment located in East Setauket, New York. While in the employ of Gold’s Gym, he was recruited into Nutritionalysis, a nutrition company based in Venice Beach, California that specialized in individualized nutrition programs, and received his certification. Excelling in the field, his clientele grew by thousands. While establishing such a full clientele in nutrition and personal training, John also graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and also graduated from the New School for Holistic Health & Research in Long Island, New York with a degree and a New York State license for massage therapy. For more information, visit remedyrecipes.net

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