You’ve been looking at your abs lately and wondering what happened to them. They used to be decent looking, maybe even toned. But now, you hate to admit it but they are just plain mushy. On top of that, you’ve had problems with your lower back again. A friend of yours, who looks lean and sculpted by the way, told you that your back problems could be caused by your weak abs. He added, nicely of course, that working out might not be a bad idea. He even suggested that the two of you go to the gym together.
Great idea, you think. But there’s a late meeting here, a business trip there, and your home life. Plans to go to the gym move from one day to the next.
Your friend notices this, and sympathizes with you. “Why don’t you do the workouts at home?” he asks. And you plan to. But you get home late. Then you have to eat, do the dishes, and pay attention to your family if you have one. There’s always tomorrow, you think.
This might not be your exact story, but you wouldn’t be reading this article if you didn’t want to fit ab exercises into a busy schedule. Is it possible? Yep and it will only take you four minutes a day. What’s even better is that you can even get them in at the office (assuming you have some privacy).
The Magic Combination
Actually, that subtitle is misleading. There really are no magic exercises. The ones that you’ll be doing are the ones that you would expect to do if you wanted to get toned abs. The key is that you will do them on a daily basis and you’ll do as many as you can of each in 60 seconds. That means:
- 60 seconds of crunches;
- 60 seconds of reverse crunches;
- 60 seconds of oblique crunches; and
- 60 seconds of bicycle crunches.
Those are the magic exercises. They will work all of your ab muscles and it will only take 4 minutes a day. I particularly like the fact that you do as many as you can in a specific amount of time because you’ll be able to monitor your progress. The stronger your abs get, the more you’ll be able to do. You won’t progress or tone those abs however, if you cheat. Don’t let the momentum lure you into letting it help you perform the exercises. You need to use your ab muscles. They may be a bit soft, but they are there. Wake them up and whip them into shape by doing each exercise slowly and with focus.
Here’s some more exercises that you could look into –
Kelvin wears many hats in the fitness and health industry. He believes in a practical, flexible and sustainable approach to bodybuilding. Initially Kelvin had started bodybuilding as a hobby which turned into passion and later, a successful career. He shares his expertise on strength training and body building to help the GFY community.
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