If you have been searching for more impactful and quickest ways to build your abs. While six pack abs might be the reason for you to embark on this journey, these ab workout exercises also focus on strengthening your core and redefining your abdominal muscles. Wondering what all to include in your regime to get this?
Health Shots got in touch with fitness expert and Fit India Ambassador Wanita Ashok to spill the beans on the best and most effective ab workouts that assure you results.
Ab workouts are exercises specifically designed to target and strengthen the muscles of the abdomen, including the rectus abdominis, obliques, and transverse abdominis. “Ab workouts can include a variety of exercises such as crunches, planks, Russian twists, leg raises, and more. Incorporating a mix of different exercises and focusing on proper form and technique is important for effectively working the abdominal muscles,” explains Ashok.
Ab workouts are quality not quantity. “You should do up to 2-3 ab workouts in a session. All worked out muscles for 48 hours before you work out them out again. It is important to allow rest and recovery time for the muscles helps is muscle growth and recovery,” adds Ashok.
She says, “Overdoing ab workouts can lead to overtraining and potential injury just like any other muscle group, the abs need time to rest and recover to grow and strengthen,” explains Ashok.
Overworking the abs can also lead to imbalances in the core muscles, which can affect posture and overall stability. Ab exercises should be teamed with logo back strengthening exercises which is the opposing muscle group.
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A study published in the American Council on Exercise listed out the best exercises, specifically for the stomach. The study was conduced on 30 men and women, between the ages of 20-45 years. Here are the best ab workouts to follow:
To do this, you need to lie down on your back in a way that you back touches the ground. Now, lift your knees and bring them close to your chest. After this, lift your shoulders. Now, straighten your left leg, and turn your upper body to the right, and vice-versa.
This needs a seat-less chair, which has a back as well as arms. Raise your knees and bring them close to your chest. Now, engage your abmuscles and lower your legs slowly.
Put your hands behind your head, as you lid down on the ball. Now bring yourself forwards while engaging with your core muscles.
Keep your legs perpendicular to the floor and make sure they are straight. Now get your shoulders and upper back off the floor. Hold this position for one second.
Place the torso track on the floor and get down on all fours, knees must be on the cushion and grab the handles. Now move forward, you back must be straight. Contract your abs to see how far you can go, by lowering your stomach. Now, pull yourself back.
While ab workouts have many advantages, Ashok tells you what to be careful of!
As most people overdo crunches as they are confident that this will flatten their midsection. Over training muscles can lead to injury and imbalances in the core muscles.
Many people tend to use momentum or rely on their hip flexors to perform ab exercises, rather than engaging the actual abdominal muscles. This can lead to strain and you can end up with an injury too.
The core is made up of more than just the abs, so it’s important to incorporate exercises that target the entire core, including the obliques, lower back, and pelvic floor muscles.
Doing the same ab exercises over and over can lead to plateaus in strength and muscle growth. It’s important to incorporate a variety of exercises to challenge the core muscles in different ways.
Many people tend to hold their breath while doing ab exercises, which can lead to increased intra-abdominal pressure and potential injury. It’s important to breathe properly and engage the core muscles while performing ab exercises.
Skipping a proper warm-up before ab workouts can increase the risk of injury. It’s important to properly prepare the body for exercise by warming up the muscles and increasing blood flow.
Diet is a big part of building strong abs. Neglecting nutrition can hinder progress in strengthening the abdominal muscles.