I’m getting ready…at the beginning of April, we will be doing an Ab crash course! That’s right! It’s time to start getting ready for bikini season, and what better way than to work on your six-pack? What? You don’t have a six-pack? Well, let’s get you started by working on your abs with these at-home ab workouts.
What are your abs?
Your abs also actually help your diaphragm with breathing. Take a deep breath…can you feel the muscles in your stomach area contract a bit? Those are your abs.
What are the benefits of working out your abs?
Your abs are very important for your posture because they help balance your back. Working on your abs also helps to prevent lower back injuries. But not only are abs important for your back posture, they are important for your overall balance. Your sports performance will improve. You’ll be able to breath better and deeper. And of course, you will have a slimmer waistline!
Why should you workout your abs FIRST?
Since your abs are part of your core, which helps pretty much every other workout, it should be top priority. You need to warm up with your abs to help you lift weights and do cardio. By working out your core first, you get the most gains from your workout! If you do your core and abs last, you won’t be as successful getting that six-pack.
What SHOULDN’T you do when working out your abs?
Don’t think you can “out-crunch” your diet. You still need to eat healthy to give your body the proper fuel, no matter how many crunches you do. You don’t need to spend a huge time working out your abs. Target them for about 15 minutes, then remember that they are being used in compound exercises! Don’t work them out EVERY single day…give them time to recover! Don’t ONLY do crunches–there are much more effective exercises for your abs! Form is important (don’t worry, I’ll help you with that!).