If you are looking to get back in shape and are in a hurry to see those sexy abs, you should do core exercises daily, right? Wrong.
Your core is a made up of muscles just like your glutes and quads. You don’t work them every day, do you? Your body needs to recover to progress; preferably 48 hours at least. Additionally, don’t push yourself too much and get plenty of rest.
“Every time you strength train, you cause micro-tears in the muscle,” says Astrid Swan, NASM-certified master trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp in West Hollywood, CA (who also has a killer six-pack). “The muscle needs time to heal, and as it heals, it grows and you see results.” By doing the same exercise, or working out the same part of the body over and over again, you won’t get more fit or make gains” reports Amy Schlinger at Women's Health Mag.
“Strengthening the core is important, not only to achieve a flat belly but also for improved posture, balance, and to help relieve lower back pain. But like most things in fitness, too much of anything is not a good thing. “All the benefits of strengthening your core can revert back if overdone,” says Swan, “with postural issues and muscle imbalance being the most significant.”
To get the abs you desire you need to work your entire core. Do this quick ab workout 3 – 4 times per week. If you are a beginner start with one round. Eventually, work up to 3 or 4 rounds. As you progress through this workout feel free to add additional exercises to this routine.
Beginner Ab Workout
- 30 Crunches
- 30 Russian Twists
- 25 Leg Lifts
- 25 Bicycle Crunches
- 20 Right Side Crunches
- 20 Left Side Crunches
That’s it. Take it slow and remember it takes time to develop stunning abs.