Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Six Packs crunches

The Best Exercises to Get 6 Pack Abs

Learn what exercises have been scientifically proven to be most effective at getting you 6 pack abs. Also, find out which mass market ab machine was proven to be most at toning the abdominal muscles.

The chances are, if you have been trying for a while to get 6 pack abs, you have attempted many methods, only to find that nothing has worked to get you the toned, ripped abs you really want.

There are many scams out there and many people dispensing bad advice that has no grounding in the latest research into abdominal muscle development.

In fact, there are many misconceptions about the best way to get 6 pack abs, and there are also many machines, devices, and workout programs that either don't work well or don't work at all.

So what are the very best exercises you can use to get toned, ripped abs?

The Three Best Abs Exercises

According to a 2001 study by the American Council on Exercise, the three best exercises for upper and lower abs are: the bicycle maneuver, the captain's chair, and crunches on an exercise ball.

Of these three top exercises, the very best, the bicycle maneuver, requires no equipment at all, and the third best exercise, crunches, while most efficiently done on an exercise ball, can be done nearly as effectively on the floor or on a mat.

That means you don't have to spend a cent to do two of the three very best ab exercises. These exercises were proven to be more effective than the many gadgets and machines on the market, and they are both simple to do.

The second best exercise, the captain's chair, requires a piece of equipment found at most gyms. This equipment allows you to suspend yourself in the air by your arms, resting against the back of the chair as you lift your legs.

You can learn exactly how to do any of these best ab exercises here.

The Best Abs Machine

In that same 2001 study, a few of the ab machines on the market did prove to be effective in toning the abs. In fact, the very best machine tested, the Torso Track, was found to be the fourth most effective exercise.

This machine, like the above three exercises, works both the upper and lower abs at the same time, and is also effective in toning the obliques -- those muscles on the sides of your abs.

Some people just seem to prefer to use a machine when working the abs, and they find that they are more likely to follow through with an abdominal routine if they are using a machine. If you are one of these people, the Torso Track is a very good option.

However, for everyone else, the bicycle maneuver and crunches are both more effective, easy to learn, and absolutely free.

Incorporate these exercises into your ab regimen, including a solid abs diet and daily aerobic exercise (even walking will do), and you will have the most effective possible ab routine -- without spending a cent!

6 Pack Abs: What Not To Do

The biggest mistake people make when working on their abs is to concentrate only on the ab exercises themselves. This is a sure way to fail.

The reason for this is that you might well develop incredible abdominal muscles, but they would still be covered in the layer of fat on your abdomen.

Therefore, in addition to working out your ab muscles, you must incorporate both a daily aerobic exercise routine and a sensible eating plan into your regimen in order to be truly successful and achieve your goals.

In fact, it is because of the lack of aerobic exercise and proper diet that most people fail in their quest to get ripped abs and a flat stomach.

There are many great diets and eating plans that will work to help you lose that layer of fat. One of the best eating plans is the Abs Diet. However, simply cutting back on saturated fats, processed grains, and sugars will go a long way to slimming your waistline.

For your daily aerobic exercise, choose an activity that you enjoy doing. This will help you stick to your routine. For instance, you can play basketball or racquetball. You can also try a combination of sprinting and walking to boost your metabolism and really burn that fat fast.

Whatever exercises and diet you chose, the most important thing is to stick with it and not get discouraged. Know that you are building ripped abs, and they will be revealed in a short while, as soon as you burn off that layer of fat!

The visual follows

:)

Andy


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