There are several myths that are involved in the training of abdominal muscles, which are misleading the trainees. There are also several gadgets which guarantee six pack abs. But you can achieve the same from the daily exercise performed with the equipment in the gym.
If training in a proper way, you can achieve the desired abs which people consider to be very unique. The principles of tricep and bicep training also apply on abs training. Here are the three important elements for your abs workout:
1. High intensity muscular overload
2. Progressive intensity, workout after workout
3. Proper frequency to avoid over and under training
Mainly, people perform crunches and sit ups for their abs, but these are generally good exercises which prove point 1 above. But how many people perform these exercises to satisfy point 2? If you do 15 ab crunches everyday for a year, why would your abs muscles grow? For development, you need to increase the intensity.
The best suggested abs exercises that give good results are:
1. Weighted Crunches
The best awarding way to perform weighted crunches is to lie on the floor with the head close to the low pulley weight stack. With the help of the rope handle, hold the ends and pull till it gets tight and your hands rest at the side of your head near the ear. Then contract your ab muscles in a crunch which lifts your shoulders from the floor and draws the weight stack by an inch or so. Choose a weight with which you can perform only 8 to 12 reps.
2. Weighted Inclined Sit Ups
Kneel on the floor or sit directly under the rope handles that you have attached to the pulley. Now pull the handles next to your ears, and contract your ab muscles into a crunch which raises the weight an inch or two. Here also choose a weight with which you can perform only 8 to 12 reps.
3. Weighted Sit Ups
Lie down on the floor and do a sit up while holding a bar against your chest.
After each successive workout, increase the weight by 5 to 15%.