Afirm, tight stomach is the
cornerstone of a well-built body.
Your abdominals are the center of
your body and, arguably, no other body
part better defines your overall condition.
So what’s the secret to getting great abs?
The answer, quite simply, is that there is
no secret. The only way to get great abs is
to follow a training program that
includes cardio, proper nutrition and
supplementation, in addition to weight
training. Of course, you have to train
your abs hard, with as much intensity as
any other body part.
For a number of people, the abdominal
muscles are covered by a layer of fat. And
no matter how many crunches they do,
they won’t see those powerful muscles
until that unhealthy roll around the
midsection is gone and their bodyfat
percentage reaches the single digits for
men or the low teens for women. Then,
and only then, will they uncover those
muscles that they have worked so hard
With all the fancy new gadgets and
gizmos that promise the abs of your
dreams, it can be confusing to figure
out the best way to train. The reality is
that it couldn’t be easier. A flat surface, a
bench, or a pull-up bar are all the
equipment you need.
Remember, t o get the maximum
intensity from every workout, you
must focus on the contraction of
the abdominal muscles during each
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Nothing beats floor exercises for developing firm, muscular abs. All you
need is a little floor space. The key to this exercise, as with all ab exercises,
is to pull with your abdominal muscles and not with your shoulders or back.
Starting Position: Lie flat on your back with
your feet flat on the ground, or resting on a bench
with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. If you
are resting your feet on a bench, place them three
to four inches apart and point your toes inward so
that they touch. Place your hands lightly on either
side of your ears, keeping your elbows in.
The Exercise: Push the small of your back