How to get great abs with minimal effort
Looking for a fast and effective way to strengthen and define your abdominal muscles? There are so many different ways to get that 6 pack stomach; It can be difficult to find the exercises that work for you. Whether you are looking for easy core abs exercises that you can do at home or a machine that does all the work, the following information will be of benefit to you.
Abdominal exercises are a great way to improve the appearance of your body, giving you a flat and defined stomach. There are many simple and healthy exercises that can tone your midsection muscles. The most popular exercise is the Sit Up. To perform an easy sit-up, simply lie down on a firm surface. Secure your feet so that they do not move during the exercise (a person or a sofa will do the trick). Bend your knees and then ask someone (or something) to hold your feet. Place your hands behind your head, interlocking your fingers for support. Now lift your upper body and pull it towards your knees as far as you can. Make sure to keep your head and neck straight. Hold this position for a count of five and then lower your body toward the floor. Repeat.
Another effective abdominal exercise is the leg raises. To perform a leg lift, simply lie on your back on a firm surface. Raise your left leg and as high as you can. Hold this position for a count of three, then lower your leg. Raise your right leg and hold it to the count of three as high as you can. Then lower your right leg. Repeat. You can also make this exercise more difficult by lifting both legs at the same time. However, when lowering your legs, keep them at least 3 inches off the ground and hold that position for 3 seconds.
Now, you may not be able to perform these exercises. You may have back, knee problems, or just lack the strength to complete them. In this situation, it would be better to use a machine that can help you in your abdominal exercises. There are many abs machines available that make it easy for anyone (home athletes, health club members, professional athletes, bodybuilders) to achieve stronger and harder abs regardless of their fitness level.
Unlike traditional crunches that work your abdominal muscles from the top down, abdominal machines work your abs from the bottom up, limiting stress on your neck, back, and shoulders. The more advanced models feature an ergonomic carriage that places you in a comfortable kneeling position, isolating the abdominal region and virtually eliminating any compromise of the hip flexors. This movement contracts your abdominal muscles as you lift your hips and knees while removing tension from your neck, back, and shoulders. Your abdominal muscles are engaged from start to finish, providing you with a consistent core contraction with each rep. The multi-angle seat also adjusts to target oblique muscles at all angles for a complete abdominal workout.