Now it’s time to tune into targeting your abs this week in the FITNESS FOCUS
But what does it mean to train your abs from all angles? Well, your abs are more than just the front of your stomach and they require a bit more work than crunches (although don’t hate on the crunch, it’s still a staple). Instead of thinking of your abs as “abs”, start to train your brain to think of it as your core. And your core is made up of multiple muscles. We’ll be focusing on 3 of them this week in training.
Think of this are your built in girdle – or men, you may want to think of it as a built in weight belt. Want to really get an idea of where this muscle is? Ok, take a nice big inhale. Then exhale as much as you can. The muscle that squeezes into your stomach to help with that nice forceful exhale is your transverse abdominis. It runs horizontally on the body and is the deepest of the abdominal muscles. It’s extremely important to train this muscle for good posture and overall strength in any movement. Pretty much the TVA engages anytime you move a limb.
Exercises to train the Transverse Abdominis
This is your 6 pack muscle. When you’ve done your cardio, this is the muscle most of us notice. These run vertically in front of your TVA and help with flexing your body forward (think crunching or bending forward to pick something up). It also helps with exhalation just like the TVA.
Exercise to train the Rectus Abdominis
Well there are really two obliques: the internal and the external. These are important for rotating your core and bending side to side. You will probably associate these with the term “love handles”, but I’m really not all about that! The love handles are really the overlying layer of fat and your obliques are what you uncover with your interval training 😉
Exercises to train the Obliques
Aiming to incorporate exercises that train all muscles of your core is extremely important when you’re looking for visible results. Nutrition and cardio are important too, but crunches as your only ab exercise just won’t cut it!
WEEK 2 WORKOUT: For this week, incorporate each exercise after your cardio sessions. Do 3 sets of 10 each each (if it incorporates more than one side, do 10 on each side).
Need more ab challenge ideas? Heather over at Dietitian on the Run has got you covered with a great track workout that will count towards your cardio/interval training. Get after it challengers!