Hey guys whats up...I took a glance but couldn't really locate anything to answer my question regarding ab workouts...I wont put everyone through the agony of another ab rest discussion....but here it is
What is a typical routine for an ab work out? What im looking to find out is the number of excercises you guys generally do, number of repititions, weighted or not...etc... just trying to get an idea of what goes on out there... I usually just throw together something when Im in the Ab room at the gym...basically whatever Im most motivated to do at the time.... Thanks all..everyones been great here so far.
Yeah, I kind of have this problem, but have my own thread for it (not really, kind of sort of). I would be intrested in knowing what people do.
The only recent thing I've started liking to do is cable ball crunches. Lower the cable so it's medium height, get a ball, and do weighted crunches with the ball.
Cable kneeling crunches don't do squat for me, maybe I'm doing it wrong.
I do standing cable crunches which is probably similar to your kneeling ones. You have to use a ton of weight because as you bend over the weight of your upper body will cancel out some of the weight your lifting. Make sense? They're a good exercise but hard on the hands when you use 200+ lbs.Originally Posted by PhilsterT
To answer the original question, I do 1 or two lifts for 2-4 sets each, always weighted.
Yeah, I was doing the kneeling ones but I hit 70 and wasn't feeling anything (too much back) but my grip isn't to strong and my arms were sore so it wasn't comofrtable to hold the weights.
My typical ab training?
Usually weighted, twice a week, generally one movement on each day, 3-6 sets, reps vary, usually 8-15.
Squats work better than supplements.
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Thanks all. I'm relatively new to training and have guidance from experienced friends, but I've got a lot of mixed reviews on that....
I do abs 2X a week.
Weighed Incline Sit ups- 3X10
Hanging Leg Raises(legs straight)- 3X12
Rotary Ab machine- 3X10
Roman Chair Sit ups- 3X8
Hanging Knee Raises to the side- 3X12 each side
Kneeling Cable Crunches- 3X10
good stuff. Just remember to do short, weighted sets. IMO 3x10 or 3x12 for you, remo, would be too many reps. Add more weight until you can do 3x6 - 3x8. Remember, abs are no different than any other muscle, so work them appropriately.Originally Posted by Hercule
BTW hercule i'm not trying to critique your ab workout, just editing it a bit in my own opinion for remo.
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My Ab workout
4sets x25 reps slow 5lb plate behind head
4sets x25 reps slow left and right oblique
4x10 reps 45 plate
4x15 reps 30-40 lbs on chest
4x15 reps 10-20 lbs behind head
When I'm bored with alot of time or the balls/crunch machine are being used I like do situps with 5-10 lbs on my chest or I do some russian twist on a incline.
Is it true that side bends wont get rid of the love handles, rather build the obliques into muscle..if so...what is better? making them muscle or just leaving them be? I would some the muscle..for the cut look? right?Originally Posted by Ellocodetroit
Thats correct side bends helps build muscle in the obs. I think slow and feeling the contraction of the muscle is key. When I do that on my ab workouts I feel the burn more. If your cutting to expose the six pack chances are you are going to lose some fat around the love handles. I would rather have some solid oblique muscle than some flabby fat tissue posing as a oblique.Originally Posted by remo
I avoid side bends and "core" work. I like my waist small.
I just build up the front and the back.
Side bends do as much for love handles as those stupid adductor/abductor squeezie things do for saddlebags.
I do hanging leg raises, as many as I can do for 2 sets; then seated leg raises to failure for a set or 2; then weighted decline situps for a couple sets; then situps where my back and legs never touch the bench for a couple sets, then seated ab pulldowns. My abs respond better to high volume.
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