Whether you have taken up jogging, joined a gym or purchased some workout equipment, ab workouts also need to be done. For many people, the way their abdominal area looks is evidence of what kind of shape they’re in. The truth is that it is actually more complicated than that but nobody will blame you for wanting abs that are better toned. In this article we will go over some of the ab workouts that you should consider adding to your workout routine.
Jumping rope, when done correctly, is a high intensity workout that’s great for your whole body, including your abs. A lot of people consider rope jumping as a kids’ activity but it is also done often by training boxers. Boxing is a sport that requires the people who compete within it to have lots of endurance and to be within certain weight classes and jumping rope is quite helpful in building both of those things. If you try it, you’ll be surprised at how tired you get and how sore your muscles are at first. Don’t use this as an excuse to quit, it’s proof that your body is really working and that your abs are getting a great workout.
Dancing, believe it or not, is one of the best things you can do for your abs and different kinds of dance will work on different groups of muscles. Many gyms now offer dance classes, and these can be fun, as they’re done to lively music in a group setting. You also have plenty of opportunities to dance when you’re at home, especially if you have an exercise video to follow. You can even find some on YouTube. You might also take classes like Latin, belly and ballroom dancing and then practice on your own at home. The main advantage to this kind of exercise is that it is fun and you will be a lot more motivated to do it (which means it won’t feel like a chore). This helps your whole body get a good workout (particularly your abs).
Sit-ups are usually known as the best workout for the abs but they are also the most hated. The problem with sit ups is that you have to do so many repetitions before you can see any sort of real results. A much better decision today is to use the machine that helps make the exercise a lot more effective. There are different ab machines that will mimic the sit up motion but give you better support and a bigger range of motion which makes this exercise safer and more effective at the same time. Some of these machines have the name “ab chair” but there are different machines available as well. What takes you a long time to do naturally can be done in just a few minutes with one of these machines.
Ab workouts, then, can take many different forms, although all the exercises end up targeting the same muscle groups.