You want stronger abs? This full abdominal workout plan for beginners will give you the foundation of strength that you need.
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This routine is designed to give beginners a full abdominal workout. The exercises are easy to learn, there are only 6 of them, and the routine hits all 4 of the abdominal muscles.
Even if you've already got some favorite exercises, I encourage you to try this plan. Since it works you abs evenly, you'll know immediately if your regular routine hits all your ab muscles.
So if you've got one place that much sorer than the rest, you know you've found a weak spot!
You should be able to do this workout in about 10-15 minutes at the end of your regular workout. Nothing too fancy; just work your abs like any other body part.
Work your abs 2-3 days a week for just those 10-15 minutes in the beginning; not 20 or 30 minutes. I know it doesn't sound like much, but it will work. If you wanted a stronger squat you wouldn't squat with weight for 20-30 minutes; that'd make you so sore you'd go lose ground and get weaker!
This routine is based on the one given in in The Complete Book of Abs by Kurt Brungardt, a truly excellent book on abdominal training. If you're serious about developing your abs I highly recommend it.
You should pare this with a good regular weight training routine so that your whole body gets stronger along with your abs. I think that full body strength is important for getting functional use from the strength and power you're working hard to cultivate.
So, give the plan a good try. Simply, make your abs stronger!
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Brungardt, Kurt. 1993. The Complete Book of Abs. New York: Villard Books.
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