Portland Fitness: Working the Abdominal Muscles

When you are doing abdominal exercises, you should work them in a sequence so you are targeting all areas. You want to work the entire rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus, obliques, hip flexors and the overall core. So often individuals just do normal crunches at their gym with the ab-roller and that is all they do.You need to challenge those muscles by not resting as long in between each exercise. For example, go from doing normal crunches for warming up to a full plank, right into balance oblique crunches to medicine ball rotation throws. You really need to get creative with your exercises and that is why it is great to have a workout partner, personal trainer or take an ab class.The key to getting a six pack or a well-defined mid section is not how many ab crunches you can do, but how well your entire routine is, especially your diet. Yes, you want to keep challenging and building up those mid section muscles, but if all you do is ab's and neglect your diet and the rest of your body, then that is not going to give you the results you want.If all you have time is to do an abdominal workout, then I recommend doing some pull-ups and push-ups in between your ab exercises, so you are least doing some pushing and pulling exercises. Once you get the hang of you routine, I would even add some lunges to start targeting your lower body.Thanks,Kisar S. Dhillon The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington Street, Suite 137Portland, Oregon 97214(503) 953-0241