There are a number of areas where the average woman goes wrong when it comes to training abs. Most people are probably going to be surprised with this…
In their quest for ‘six pack abs’, the biggest mistake people make is wasting WAY too much of their time training their abs directly… pumping away with all kinds of different abs-specific exercises.
I’m sure you know what I’m referring to. The person is trying so hard to get those abs to show, that they’re spending almost all of their time in the gym with hundreds of reps of various crunches, leg raises, twisting exercises, etc. Meanwhile, all of that wasted time directly training the abs could have been better spent on a properly designed full body workout program that would elicit a much better metabolic response and increase the fat-burning hormone levels in their body as well.
After all, losing the stomach fat that is covering the abs is the MOST important aspect for most people to finally be able to make their abs visible. Unfortunately, pumping away with hundreds of crunches and leg raises does NOT cause much of a metabolic or fat burning hormonal response.
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Of course it wouldn’t be an abs site if it didn’t focus on ab development too, but firstly the most important concepts for lasting body fat reduction are reinforced.
You know, there really isn’t any need for women or men to train differently. Bottom line… the best exercises are the best exercises regardless of gender.
However, in regards to mistakes seen between genders… Yes, we often see women who are deathly afraid to use weight training with anything but really light weights. That is a shame, because THE most effective way to gain control over your body fat for life, is to maximize your lean muscle that your body carries, as well as working that muscle hard through intense resistance exercise regularly.
It’s important for women to realize that regular strength training using heavier resistance will NOT “bulk them up” (as long as caloric intake is controlled), but rather is one of the key secrets for losing body fat and staying lean year-round. As a matter of fact, some of the leanest females that you see trained over the years are the ones that aren’t afraid to work hard with the weights.
In fact, most women (and a lot of guys too) spend way too much time with slow cardio exercise. This is simply not necessary, and combining high intensity resistance training into full body routines provides enough of a “cardio” workout in itself usually.
Now get this: Sit-ups are a controversial topic. They’re neither good or bad per se, but rather “in between”. They really aren’t necessary, and there are much more effective abs exercises to focus on.
I’d like to point out that the full body movements that make up the majority of the programs indirectly work the abs and the entire “core” area to a fairly decent extent. However, abs-specific exercises are included into the routines generally about twice per week. The “abs-specific” portion of the workouts generally only take about 5 minutes at most with very little rest between exercises.
Once people are past the beginning phase of gaining some initial ab strength, the idea is to get them away from the exercises that are too easy, where someone can do 50 or 100 reps, as is frequently common with standard crunches. Instead, it is best to focus on higher resistance exercises that actually stimulate the muscle fibers to a much greater degree.
If someone is really deconditioned and can’t handle higher intensity exercise routines just yet, this still doesn’t mean that they can’t simply use lower intensity routines, but still use it in a “variable intensity” fashion, by alternating between higher and lower exertion levels throughout the workout.
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