As we all know the ultimate 1-2 punch when it comes to well defined, shredded abs is diet and exercise. This article will focus on the exercise portion, and the proper ways to ensure you're getting the most out of each ab exercise. Follow these tips to maximize your ab training efforts, and you'll be sporting a shredded mid-section in no time. Without further ado, let’s get to the tips.
1) Hold the peak contraction.
By consciously squeezing and momentarily holding the peak contraction at the top of each rep, you’ll work your abdominals harder and be less inclined to race through your repetitions.
2) Move at a smooth, deliberate pace.
Use a slow, strict motion that increases the intensity of the contraction and minimizes momentum. Momentum is created using fast, explosive motions, which reduce the quality of your workout and invite injury.
3) Exhale at the top of the move.
Hold your breath until you’ve reached the peak-contracted position for a stronger, more intense contraction. Exhaling early reduces intra-abdominal pressure, so you won’t be able to contract your abs as strongly.
4) Keep your head in line with your torso.
When grasping your head to support it, don’t interlock your fingers, which increases the likelihood you’ll pull on your head and disrupt spinal alignment. Lightly cup your fingers behind your head to support it—don’t pull on it.