I love hearing that when I'm doing my INSANITY MAX ABS workout. And he's right...I can feel a little somthin somethin under there...I may be digging for a while, but I'm pretty sure he's on to something.
I remember doing the old standard SIT UP in high school and college. Someone had to hold my feet down so I could wrench my back to have my elbows touch my knees. Half the time I had to wiggle from side to side and push back with elephant strength with my feet to get from the floor to my knees however many times I was supposed to do that. A complete back and neck breaker. And, I had never seen any sign of a visible AB muscle in my life. Nothing was in there except for pizza and Diet Coke.
|Even if I did have a visible six pack going on, you wouldn't catch me in this get up EVER...(unless I was being paid a katrillion dollars, like Brit.)|
#1: The number one thing I've learned doing any kind of AB work is to put all the focus on your abs. It sounds so simple, yet it's so hard to do. Maybe because I have an un-official attention problem, but even when doing AB work, it's easy to tighten up your shoulders for example instead of the mid-section.
#2: The second most important thing I think is your breathing. This is something that has taken me a while to get used to. Here's what: exhale during a contraction and inhale during the release. Again, so simple, yet so hard. I've noticed a big difference in how my ABS perform when I'm paying attention to my breathing. I can do a few more reps even if my abs are on fire, I think because I'm focusing on doing it correctly.
#3: Really try to pay attention to your belly button. I've finally found a use for that thing. Focus on bringing your belly button in toward your spine. You can do this anywhere anytime. I'm actually doing AB work right this very moment. I've got my belly button pressed in, and my hip bones are tilted up. It actually helps me to sit straighter, and...BONUS...I don't have to change into workout clothes or get sweaty. Thank you belly button.
|I can triple-task...AB work, typing and snacking....hopefully you're good at reading backwards.|
|I'm wearing jeans. Just goes to show that you can stop, drop and plank anywhere!|
***I am no expert, nor to I own a six pack of my own...that anyone can see with the naked eye...but I can feel these things working,***
Do you have any tried and true AB tips? What's your favorite core exercise?