- For some reason during the whole year of going to the gym I’ve been a bit of a pussy and haven’t touched abs at all I’m now coming to the realisation that my ab strength is absolutely pathetic I thought it would be good to incorporate to the end of my workout in hopes of having a decent physique for summer does anyone have any recommendations on quick ab workouts and how often should I train them I’m sure I’m not the only one who is in this situation thanks in advance!
Mo has a great video on his channel from a few years back I’ve been following that
If as you said you’re lacking core strength, then you’re going to want to include some work for your deep core stabilisers with exercises such as plank variations, oblique twists, leg raises, ab rollers etc. As for great exercises for building the Rectus Abdominis muscles (6 pack) a few of my favourites are lying crunches (good to effectively overload), cable crunches, hanging leg/knee raises to name a few.
As well as a decent ab routine, a workout geared more towards compound movements which require a decent core brace will also help by default. Combine a compound based plan with unilateral work too and this should help with the deeper muscles within the abs.
But ultimately you can have the best set of abs but if your genetics aren’t there and/or you don’t have the body fat percentage for it no amount of crunches will help bring them out.
Also good to note that abs should be treated like any other muscle, so focus on progressive overload is key
You’ll want to utilise at least one type of crunch of movement, leg raise and perhaps a isometric hold such as planks. I find that helps respond well to high frequency throughout the week. So if you want to see significant results, try training them at least 2-3 times a week.
Currently, I’m doing 3 rounds of 20 x V-sit ups, 20 lying leg raises, 20 Crotch crunches. No rest between each exercise. Try it.
Leg raises are the absolute don when it comes to abs combined with crunches. I honestly think my mid section is due to smashing abs relentessly when I was younger 3 x per week. I’d say high reps, high intensity and high volume is a pretty good approach.
I’d say work abs with supersets to increase volume and intensity. E.g.
Hanging Leg raises (AMRAP) SS with crunches (30 reps)
I’d then do 4 sets of supersets a couple of times a week. Really going hard for 10 minutes