One of the most difficult parts of your body to achieve noticeable results on is your abdominal area. The abs are some of the most difficult muscles to actually target and see results. This is partially because people store a majority of fat in their mid section making it difficult to get definition in the different abdominal muscles. Because of this it is important to make sure you are doing a cardio program as well as a full nutritional program if you want to get the ever elusive “6 pack.” In addition to these programs you will have to make sure that you are doing some quality ab workouts that target all of the muscles that make up your abdominals.
The most basic type of ab workout is the sit up. The sit up is performed by laying face up on the ground with your knees bent and lifting your head and upper body from a horizontal position to a more vertical position. This movement is call flexion of the hip. Basically any movement that involves hip flexion will be a good place to start to target the rectus abdominus, or the central muscles of the abdominals. These are the most important muscles to work on, especially if you are trying to get a “six pack,” as these muscles are the ones that make up the center part of the abdomen.
Another exercise that can be great for your abs is the leg lift. This exercise can be a good one if you are looking to add variety to your ab workouts. In this exercise, you use some sort of support to hold your upper body up and lift both of your legs in front of you. Holding your legs in front of you with full extension can be a great way to build up your endurance and help sculpt your abs.
Keep in mind that the rectus abdominus muscle is not the only muscle that makes up your abs. There are also other muscles called the transverse abdominus and the obliques that need to be worked out as well. The transverse abdominus can be isolated by doing exercises that involve twisting motions in the core. One of the most popular exercises is the medicine ball twist. In this exercise, the participant sits in a sit up position, but instead of going up and down, moves a medicine ball form the right to left side of his or her body and visa versa to work the muscles. The most important part of this exercise is making sure that you move the medicine ball in both directions. You don’t want to get one side stronger than the other.
Although there are a huge variety of different exercises that you can do for your abdominal muscles, you should only plan on working this set of muscles out as much as you would any other muscle group. Make sure you are taking a few days between ab workouts so your body has time to recover and rebuild the muscle tissues that you have torn. You wouldn’t do exercises on your chest every day so why would you want to work your abs out every day?