Apr 12, 2011 6:33 PM GMT
Hey guys, I love spending time at the gym, but I always get a bit twitchy when it comes to Abs...always think I could do it at home. So I wanted to ask: who does their abs work at home? and who makes use of gym equipment?
dive5154 saidAbs at the gym!
I do a sub super set. Meaning I do my abs between weight sets.
Instead of super setting each of my weight exercises, I incorporate an ab set, this helps to keep my heart rate up and give my muscle group the rest i need between sets, with NO sitting around.
Big pet-peve is watching the guys sit on the bench messing with their Ipod or cell phone. THIS IS A GYM DO WORK!!!
goofrider saidI find it difficult to incorporate a core day to my weekly routine, so now I just try to make sure my regular selection of major compound lifts give my core a good workout as well. Here's some of my favorites compound exercises that covers the core:
- max-effort squat (down to parallel, avoid cheating)
- max-effort deadlift (pick it up from a dead-stop on the floor in each rep, avoid cheating)
- kettlebell swing
- kettlebell turkish get-up
- kettlebell renegade row
The last two kettlebell exercises are much harder to do that they look, and renegade row is a particularly brutual core workout if you use heavy weights. I find it a better bang for my gym time this way, and these lifts are both fun and satisfying for me, which keeps me motivated and stay on the wagon. In fact, I think this might my entire mid/lower body routine. And look ma, no machines! no crunches!
I highly recommend this book: "New rules for lifting for Abs", it move focus away from mindless crunches and sit-ups, instead it advocates for overall core strength using stability exercises.