We’re all for planking your way to a stronger core. And odds are you have a handful of go-to bodyweight abs exercises that you do on the mat when you’re cooling down.
But if you’ve ever wondered how you can work your abs with the equipment available at your gym, we’ve got you covered with 17 creative and effective ways to take your abs routine up a notch.
Killer core moves using some of the most common gym equipment: a pull-up bar, cable machine, Bosu ball, abs roller, TRX straps, and barbell.»
Eight hours and one minute: That’s the world record for longest-held plank! But you don’t have to be a planking superstar (thank goodness!) to get the full-body strengthening benefits that planks provide. And more than just chiselled abs, strengthening your core with planks will help prevent back injuries and help maintain a healthy posture.
Planks are also easy to learn, and you can do them at home, in your office or whilst travelling, so there’s no excuse to avoid them!»
Did you know that starting your week with a chest session, is extremely beneficial. This is because your muscles are rested over the weekend, and the stimulation will encourage growth and strength.
Also by starting your week with a chest superset, not only will you save time but you will boost your workout with high intensity.
Supersets have been around for a long time. They have multiple benefits for an athlete, but there’s one issue that typically comes with them, that is they aren’t performed correctly.»
Are you looking for a way to really chisel your upper abs? Cable crunches are a great upgrade, but only if you do them correctly!
Doing crunches on a cable apparatus offers one huge advantage over doing them on the floor: The cable allows you to increase resistance, enabling you to train to failure using heavier weights and fewer reps. This increased emphasis on strength and hypertrophy is exactly the kind of workout the fast-twitch muscle fibers in your abs need to get big and carved.»
Push-ups are everywhere. With good reason: Push-ups are tough. While people at gyms spend lots of time on benches and other fancy equipment, push-ups may be an even more effective way to get you stronger, faster.
But they’re far more versatile than people think. Push-up variations can strengthen your abs, back, legs — pretty much every muscle in your body, really. Here are 23 additional versions of the push-up (along with how to perfect the standard one) you aren’t doing but should be.»
When training we mainly focus on biceps and triceps, but you’re missing out! Training shoulders means your physique will make drastic changes and complete your aesthetic look. Shoulders are a must, as they aid your strength and also assist your postural movements.
A great pair of shoulders will help you to look wider and add mass to your arms, increasing definition and aesthetics.
Having bigger and prominent shoulders will help increase your strength in other movements to help your overall progress in the gym.»
Shoulder training enhances posture and strengthens the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. This creates more stability and structure. The shoulder allows for range of movement. When the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint are weak, it can cause injury, immobility and can impair the way you train.
If the shoulders are weak then you will struggle with most upper body workouts. When training the shoulders you are also training the deltoids, these are great when in proportion on a physique.»
We are going to provide you with 9 bodyweight exercises, that consist of using only 10 minutes of your time, to help achieve a defined 6-pack! These moves will force your abs to become strong and defined and you do not need a gym or any equipment.
It’s important to warm-up your abs before you start, then keep them tensed throughout each move to work the muscles close to their capacity.»
Though weight loss is a very common goal, many people actually want to gain weight. Some common reasons include improving daily functioning, looking more muscular and enhancing athleticism.
Typically, those who want to gain weight should focus on gaining muscle. It’s usually healthier to gain most of your weight as muscle rather than fat. While food and exercise are most important for gaining muscle, supplements may also help by providing calories and protein or by allowing you to exercise harder.»
Conventional bodybuilding wisdom tells us that we can’t build muscle and lose fat at the same time and any such overly ambitious effort will only lead to frustration and even loss of precious muscle mass, and it’s much smarter to separate these goals into two separate phases of the training process.
Yet a deeper inspection into the subject reveals that accomplishing both ends simultaneously is not an impossible goal after all, at least not for individuals who have the right combination of favourable genetics, substantial amount of experience and rigorous dietary discipline.»