Ab routine...is this good enough

  1. Ab routine...is this good enough


    Hello,
    Newer to training
    Every morning I am trying to encourage training my abs and improving core.

    I am incorporating:
    A few minutes worth of planks and side planks
    Leg lifts
    Bicycle crunches

    More?


  2. Id incorporate some lower back either Back extensions or supermans, also some Hip Bridges to hit the hips a bit.

    As far as the abs go theres a lot you can do to tax the abs i do them usually 2-3 times a week since there worked in the main compound lifts like squats as well. I'll list some of the ones i do below but if your doing variations of crunches id aim for 20-25 reps for each exercise and about 200 total reps.

    Hanging Windshield Wipers (personal favorite there tough but burn like hell)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJBkAegr-cM video of them if you don't know what they are.

    Russian Twists
    Reverse Crunches
    Cable Trunk Rotation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P_0Y...eature=related

    If you have a partner i love these
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIbPsBAYIyU

    Those are just a few of the ones i do but like i said before don't neglect lower back, and hips a lot of power is driven from those and are big parts of the core.

  3. overhead pressing, squats, and deadlifts will, IMO, do more for your abs.


    • Squats and deadlifts activate core muscles better than stability training, ie side bridges and supermans
      • Applied Physiology and Nutritional Metabolism 31: meeting abstracts, 2006



    do what you are doing and what has been recommended as accessory moves.
    you can call me "ozzie" for short.
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