View Full Version : abdominal workouts

11-19-2009, 11:30 AM
I'm just curious in seeing who here actually focuses a specific exercise just for abdominal exercises, or do you let the other compound exercises hit them?

I'm just reworking my workout routine and I'm not sure if I should include an isolated exercise.

11-19-2009, 01:38 PM
i do the p90x ab ripper for my core and, man, it feels good! lol!

11-19-2009, 05:17 PM
cable crunch, the further away from the tower, the more it will work your abs.

you can do up to around your body weight in resistance, and after that you'll need to find a way to keep your body grounded...... unless you aren't skinny to begin with.





also classic leg lifts.....

I used to have at my old gym an ab machine that had a pad on the chest that you push forward to do crunches with weight resistance, I used to live on that machine, but my new gym has no equivalent so I've adapted to the above.

11-19-2009, 05:40 PM
I've got 3 routines that I cycle through, depending on how lazy I am. I try not to skip any of them, but sometimes I just don't feel like doing one of them.

The first one involves a medicine ball, I usually try to grab the bigger solid ones instead of the soft rubber ones. I don't know how heavy they are since the ones at the university are so worn out there isn't any writing on them anymore. But I do 50 crunches while tossing the medicine ball straight into the air, and catching it on my way down, then 50 twists with the medicine ball, then 15 v-ups with no rest in between the 3 exercises. I'll usually do 2 sets of these.

The second routine is just your typical front bridge. I go for as long as I can, usually about 2-2.5 minutes, and I rest for as long as I can do it for and do it for 3 sets. So if my first set I manage to stay up for 2 minutes, I rest for 2 minutes then start my next set and go until failure, etc. I usually try to make the next set at least within 30 seconds of the previous set. Then if I'm not feeling too lazy I'll grab a 45 plate and do some side bends. 15 per side with no rest in between x3.

The third exercise I grab a 35lb plate and use the decline bench. Keeping the plate above my face, I do 20 crunches, 20 twists, then 20 "push ups" with the plate. I don't know what they're actually called, but basically I try to stay horizontal, and I extend my arms with the plate in my hands, then back down to my chest like a bench press position, except I'm holding a plate. I usually do 2 sets of these.

I've been doing cable crunches too recently, just because it doesn't take as long.

11-19-2009, 10:04 PM