With summer right around the corner, it’s time you started working on those six packs of yours. Workouts involving the abdominal muscles are generally best suited for beginners, because not only are they relatively easy, they also offer great results that can be seen within a matter of weeks. I always recommend beginners to start out on their abs, because the quick results often encourage them to start working on the rest of the body. Here’s a basic beginner workout routine for the perfect six-packs for men.
As a beginner, you should look at only a few exercises and try to master them, rather than looking into many different exercises all at once. Starting out small and slow and gradually working your way towards more complex exercises is likely to give the best results, and also be easier on your body. There are two basic exercises that you should start from.
To perform a reverse crunch is very simple. Lie down flat on your back, either on the floor or on a mat and lift your legs right above your body. Aim to take them to as high a position as you can, while keeping them straight. Once they are in a comfortable position, bend your knees at a perpendicular. Now, keeping your legs balanced and steady in that position, slowly draw them in towards your body, squeezing your abdominal muscles as you do so.
Curls are also sometimes referred to ask corkscrews, and they are performed in a lying down position. They are similar to reverse crunches, but slightly different in principle. You lie down in the same position, with your legs lifted, and your knees bent at a 90 degree angle. Then, you lift your torso towards your legs, keeping your weight concentrated in your abdominal muscles.
As you come near your legs, you twist your body towards the side at the waist, and then hold that position for a few seconds. In the next repetition, you twist on the opposite side. Again, like with the reverse crunches, gradually adding weights can make this exercise slightly more challenging for you.
They are challenging enough to yield quick results, but they are also easy enough to master, and even if you have little or no prior stamina, you will perform them with relative ease. Over time, if you find them too easy, you can either increase the number of repetitions, or you can incorporate weight lifting into your workouts.
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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