Building a perfectly toned and muscle-packed body is only made possible by exercises accompanied by a strict and appropriate diet. To lean out the muscles and induce muscle definition requires both meticulous exercise and a viable diet. In this quest, the muscles lining the body builder’s abdominal wall must not be left behind especially during comprehensive workouts. The abs are of great and core concern to any body builder because in essence, they are solely responsible in anchoring the limbs structure. Workouts must also include rigorous and consistent abdominal stretches that basically increase a body builder’s chances of developing the body muscles wholesomely.
When a body builder decides to exercise the abs during his or her workouts, the first thing is to institute a warm-up workout preferentially beginning with head lifts while lying down on a flat surface. This can be followed by shoulder lifts shoulder lifts are basically meant to exercise the upper-most part of the body builder’s trunk until it gets used to vigorous exercises. A workout session for abs is not yet finished without curl-ups which are introduced at the last stages of the workout to instil psychological confidence in a body builder and also enable his or her body to develop a flexible posture vital during the actual body building work out. It is also advisable to include another routine in the warm up. The abdominal crunch should ideally be the final exercise for simple reason that it is the most intensive.
At the outset, a body builder should ensure that he or she is in the right attire and is using appropriate equipments for the abs exercises. The body builder is required to wear comfortably fitting and loose attire and rubber footwear. The workout surface should have a soft mat or a cushioned carpet spread on a truly flat surface. Choosing the correct equipment depends mainly with personal taste. However the choice must be guided by such key factors as comfortability and safety of the body builder. Another concern to be duly considered is the workout schedule to be adopted during abs exercises. Majority of award winning professional body builders usually use a repetition of at least ten sets of each exercises, raising the target each time, throughout the workout. An appropriate abs exercise schedule must strive to inculcate consistency and progressive muscle development.
Besides implementing a viable schedule, a body builder must assume the appropriate procedure during abs exercises for maximal results. To begin with for instance, he or she should workout the head. This can be done lying on the back with both arms lying parallel to the body. The knees can then be bent up slowly and then straitened out. The key is to keep breathing inwards while maintaining the abdominal wall always relaxed. The head should be lifted slowly while exhaling and lowered while inhaling. Next should be the shoulder workout which follows the same procedure only that instead of the head the shoulders should be raised. Abdominal curl ups should follow by raising the trunk up to 46 degrees off the ground while the legs are still spread straight out front. Finally, the abdominal exercises should aim at consistently developing all the muscle groups in the body builder’s abdominal wall. Lying flat on his or her back, the body builder repetitively lift and then lower both legs parallel to the floor surface, while the arms remain by the sides.
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