When it comes to abs the worst mistake anyone can make is missing your workout and cheating on your diet but there is a lot that can also go wrong between those sets of crunches and leg raises. Of course if getting a six pack was so simple we’d all be flaunting it. So today I am going to talk about the 5 mistakes you shouldn’t make on abs day irrespective of whether you train it daily or once a week.
You consider abs as one muscle
Your abs is not a single muscle. The rectus abdominis, both of the obliques, the transverse abdominis are few of your abs muscles you should know about. This will help you setup a better workout routine that hits all the muscles from different angles.
For the upper and lower abs crunches is the best exercise and for your obliques I would suggest you add in some twisting, rotating and side bend exercises.
You’re scared of adding resistance
There are plenty of abs exercise to choose from and most of them can be done from home itself but there is a downside to that. As you grow and develop your body gets accustomed to the routine and this is why adding resistance is important and its easy.
A weight plate on the back is enough to continue your gains. You can also switch to cable and machine crunches for a more effective high resistance workout.
You get too comfortable
If you are too comfortable at the gym irrespective of whether you are training your legs or abs you are definitely doing it wrong. It is time for you to up the ante. For that you can add weights as I mentioned above.
You can also add more reps and sets to your routine or reduce the rest between each set. Those rock hard 8 packs you dream off are not easy to get and is possible only if you continue to improve. Remember No Pain No Gain.
You keep your back flat
The most common mistake beginners make is keeping a flat back when doing exercises such as cable crunches etc. This good when you’re doing squats, bent rows etc. but a straight back prevents proper contraction of the abs muscles while crunching.
With a flat back you will end up curling at your hips rather than your waist. Only by bending correctly you engage your rectus abdominis. So on your abs days forget what otherwise is a good habit.
You do it too quickly
Pretty much every beginner starts their exercise with the aim of completing it quickly by doing as many reps as possible but keep in mind exercise is not about the quantity but more about the quality.
When working out momentum is your worst enemy. Each rep should apply the same amount of tension on your muscles for an effective workout.