Get a sexy midsection with a home abs workout
If you don’t have time to go to the gym try an abs workout at home. You can still get excellent results and achieve that flat tummy or sexy six pack.
What you’ll need
To do a good abs workout at home you really don’t need all that much. However, some items will make the workout a little bit more comfortable and perhaps a little bit easier.
So, if you can find yourself:
- a table about knee height (coffee table) to put your feet up on while doing crunches;
- a gym mat or towel to put under your back;
- a dumb bell or weight disc to put on your chest;
- a good workout music CD
That is about all you will need.
What abs exercises are best at home?
The best abs exercises that you can do at home are the ones that require little to no fancy equipment and are done just using your body. And, as it turns out, these exercises are usually the best ones anyway! Working out with no equipment is an excellent way to make sure you are using proper technique and that you know how to do the exercise properly. Sometimes we can get caught up with all the fancy assistance that the gym provides and forget that technique is paramount.
For this home abs workout we will be using:
- The Reverse Crunch;
- The Twisting Crunch; and
- The Weighted Crunch;
These are some very basic and core movements that are essential to abs training. They provide a very simple and effective way to make some fast progress. You will find that your abs are very sore after this workout!
How to do the abs exercises properly
These abs exercise are all based on similar motions and techniques.
The reverse crunch is simple. Start by putting your hands palms down on the floor underneath your lower back so that it creates a kind of seat. Extend your legs out almost parellel to the floor with a slight bend in your knee. Tense your abs. With your abs tensed bring your slightly bent legs up towards your chest. When they get to your chest crunch your abs and rock back on your hands so that you get a deeper crunch effect. This is the main secret of the reverse crunch – the final little pelvis tilt.
The crunches are done both the same except one has a twist. Start with your lower back on the floor and place your heels on a low table so that your legs are at a 90 degree angle. Place your hands on your temples or crossed over your chest. Tense your abs and curl your upper body up starting with your head until you go as far as you can without lifting your lower back off the ground. Crunch your abs and lower yourself slowly and start the next crunch without resting at all.
To do the twist crunch just add a twist at the top of the crunch so that you are facing to one side each time. When doing the weighted crunches simply add a weight on your upper chest to add more resistance.
The abs workout at home
Here is how you abs workout should be:
|Reverse Crunches||3||15 -20|
|Twisting Crunches||3||15 – 20|
|Weighted Crunches||3||8 – 10|
A final note on the home abs workout
Remember that all of these exercises should be done extremely slowly. Many women have the picture in their head that if they do the crunches quickly it means that they are working harder and burning more calories and getting fitter. This is wrong. You will get most out of the abs exercises if you do them slowly – really making the muscles in the midsection and stomach work hard!
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