3 Common Mistakes People Make When Doing Ab Work

  1. Neglecting your ab work completely.  If you think you can get abs by throwing in a couple of exercises randomly or cutting carbs/calories, you’re wrong.  While those things can help, you won’t see the changes in building a six-pack without incorporating focused core work days.  2 days a week minimum.

  2. You’re lacking intensity.  What/when was your last good core workout?  If you can’t answer that then it’s time to up the intensity.  Stop plodding through high reps of crunches or leg raises.  Instead, aim to grow your abs by utilizing free weights in your core work like barbell rollouts, decline crunches w/a 5lb plate, russian twists w/a kettlebell.

  3. Doing moves that only incorporate your upper abs.  The lower abs are often neglected, because–when you have at least some clothes on–they’re less visible than the upper abs. Obliques are typically skipped, because women are afraid of widening their waists. Transverse abs are out of sight and, therefore, usually out of mind.  

    1. Lower abs are important for core strength and a powerful look that ties your upper and lower body together. Reverse crunches and leg or knee raises work this area.

    2. Obliques are also crucial for core strength, because they stabilize your upper body and, when fully developed and defined–picture the piano key rows on Dexter Jackson’s sides–they grab attention. Side crunches and machine trunk twists work this area. Waist width is primarily the result of a broad hip/waist structure. Nevertheless, if you’re concerned about oblique overgrowth, do sets of 20-30 reps.

    3. Your transverse abs aren’t visible, but they play a crucial role in your posture and keeping your belly in. You can work this area anytime and anywhere by pulling your bellybutton in toward your spine as far as possible and holding that position for a count of 10. Repeat for up to 10 times.

I hope these tips are helpful!  You can get a fantastic 4 day core circuit by downloading my glute & core guide via the link here:  https://goo.gl/BfKGuZ