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All About Abs – Excercise Training Tips for Ab and Core Strength

Posted by Marybeth Fottler

Want some more options to improve your ab workouts? Here a few tips designated to target the areas of your core that you want to improve.
Lower Abs
There are three ways of targeting the lower abdominal wall.  Initially, it’s a good idea to work the abdominals with a fixed and stable spine.  This can be accomplished with bridges and planks, or by doing rollout exercises on the Cybex Bravo functional trainer (there are video demonstrations of this exercise on the Cybex webpage).

Next, pelvic tilts and hip flexion exercises will really engage the distal abdominals.  These should be started in a supine (lying on your back) position, ultimately graduating to a decline sit up bench, and then a vertical position in a roman chair.

Lastly, the Cybex abdominal machine will work those muscles without putting stress on the spine, but to target those areas, place your feet on the floor and tuck them under the seat.  This aligns your hips and will engage the hip flexors and lower abdominals in the exercise.

Flattest Tummy
Get on the Eagle or VR3 Ab machine. It may not look like it is going to work your abs—but from the first lean-forward you will know it is working just the area you need to tighten up those ab muscles. {EXTRA TIP—REALLY IMPORTANT: Always work opposing muscle groups in tandem. Do 10–15 reps on the ab machine and then 10–15 on the back machine. Repeat 3 times}.
Tiny Waist
Use three Cybex machines. The rotary torso, abdominal machine, and back extension (strong abs need to be balanced with a strong back). Remember to use enough weight for a maximum of 15 repetitions. If you can do more than 15 reps, add weight.
Develop Your Core
Try working one arm or one leg at a time (on the row, chest press, or leg press). Using only one limb forces your core musculature to work harder to stabilize the motion. Remember—real life is asymmetric.
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