I don’t know about you, but watching Hollywood movies makes me angry. Every actor in them has perfectly sculpted abs. Like, weirdly perfect. It’s as if while Moses was parting the Red Sea he also parted their ab muscles into perfectly sized compartments, making up a six- or twelve-pack. Anyone who’s ever tried an ab workout, well, you know how miserable they can be. They require so much work and it’s hard to see any tangible results for days, or weeks, or forever. But half the battle of a successful ab regimen is making your workouts more palatable, and enjoyable in general. Here are a few ways you can do this.
Everybody likes toys, whether you’re a little kid or a big boy. Incorporating them into your workout makes the workout way better. For example, do the medicine ball twist during your otherwise “standard” ab workout. This is where you grab a medicine ball, that’s not too heavy at first, and you begin twisting your torso around while holding the ball. This can actually give you a better burn than your normal ab crunches, because you’re adding weight to the equation.
Additionally, this is a great workout to do with others. You can even toss the medicine ball back and forth to someone who’s within close proximity to you in the gym, just make sure you don’t surprise them with a ball to the head. You should at least yell, “think fast!” before flinging it at them.
Focus on the ‘Core’ Benefits
This is why the Hollywood notion of abs drives me so bonkers. The real reason to do ab workouts is to gain a stronger core. According the movies, it’s merely to look good. Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t focus on the pure aesthetic notion of abs. Focus on how stronger abs means a stronger core.
Disclaimer: I play tennis. But still, I’m recommending it because it’s THE best ab workout for people who hate ab workouts—me being one of those people. There are really only two things you need to get abs out on the court: a) a heavy tennis racquet, and b) a fair amount of skill. If you’re using a heavier tennis racquet, you will feel the “burn” a lot more in your abs. Yes, it might hurt initially, but doesn’t that just mean it’s really good for you? I think so.
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— AB-Fitness (@ABFitnesss) August 1, 2016