Hey guys! Are you trying to strengthen your abs? Abs are one of the most important muscle groups in the body to make sure you work when you are building muscle! If you build muscle on your legs, arms, or anywhere else on the body, but you do not exercise your abs, you increase the risk of injury! Keeping your core strong is crucial to good form in every other exercise.
I practice martial arts, and having strong abs not only protects my internal organs from impact, but it also allows me to breath correctly, and keep my spine in proper alignment. Yes, it can be easy to think about abs as something we only care about developing during swim suit season, but abs are very important year round!
If you play any sport, you are likely to already know that strong abs equal strong techniques. For me, I use my core strength to power my kicks and punches by flexing my abs and exhaling during impact or extension. This goes for many sports! Runners, soccer players, gymnasts, cyclists, football players, dancers, yoga practitioners, and more all utilize their strong cores to perform their sport or activity to their best ability.
So how do we strengthen our abs at the gym, without doing endless crunches and sit-ups?
I love to use the captain's chair to work every angle of my abs! Core strength is all about balance: it helps you keep your balance, and you have to balance it our between your lower, mid, and upper abdominal muscles. That's where the six pack comes in! If you want six pack abs, you need to focus on all three main groups. Targeted lower ab workouts are a bit harder to come by, but the captain's chair provides a nice solution! If your gym has a captain's chair, I have the ab workout for you!
Check out this video, and follow along with the simple exercise tutorial to get the abs that you've always desired! Remember, it's not all about aesthetics; no matter what your sport or favorite activity is, having a strong core can improve your game and your skill level! Core strength can save you from countless injuries, including back, knee, and hip injuries. Having those rock hard ab muscles will not only give you an extra boost of confidence when you look in the mirror, but it will also help you pack a bigger punch in all of your athletic activities-- no pun intended!
I hope this tutorial is helpful for you guys, and that you can get in the gym and start building those abs today!