The workout that I am about to show you here is way more effective for toning and sculpting your belly than more traditional ab workouts like sit ups and crunches.
It is used by fitness pros and models to quickly create and maintain rock hard, bill board worthy abs.
It significantly accelerates the length of time it takes to tone your abs when you do it frequently.
It derives it’s power from the fact that it works literally every muscle in your belly and because it is very challenging and exerts a sustained amount of pressure on your abdominal muscles without let up over a specific period of time.
It concentrates a lot of fat burning ab toning power on your abdomen.
Unlike other ab exercises that involve periods of contraction and relaxation, this workout causes prolonged contraction of the abdominal muscles without any significant relaxation, forcing the abdominal muscles to work harder over a short period of time than probably any other ab workout you’d ever do.
It is a very punishing workout for your midsection that yields great results over a short space of time.
If you are looking for a way to quickly tone your abs, to send heavy jolts of ab toning current through your abdominal muscles and get flat abs or six packs in double quick time especially if you don’t have much time to exercise, then this is workout is tailor-made for you and must be part of your ab blasting arsenal.
What’s the workout?,
It’s a sustained V-sit up…an isometric V-sit up.
It’s a real killer of an ab workout.
Here’s how it’s done.
You sit your butt on the floor with your thighs at right angle to your trunk, your knees bent at 90 degrees and your feet not touching the floor. Stretch out both of your arms in front of you so that they are exactly at the level of your knees. Then with your feet not touching the floor bring your trunk and thighs together in one quick movement as close as possible like coiled spring and then stretch back out again with your hips and knees still bent and your hands and feet still not touching the floor. That makes one rep.
You should perform the movement as quickly as possible while maintaining the “v” form and never relaxing at any moment.
Experts suggest that you do it in three sequences pausing for 7 seconds after each sequence.
For the first sequence you do 21 reps and then pause for 7 seconds
For the second do 14 reps and then pause for 7 seconds.
For the third you do 7 reps, pause for 7 seconds and then relax.
But you can adopt a simpler routine if it makes it easier for you to do.
Doing three straight sequences of 14 reps and 7 second pauses may be an easier but equally effective routine.
And that’s what is demonstrated in the gif above.
Four sequences of 10 reps and 7 second pauses is also effective.
You should perform the exercise twice a day for best results.
Each session should take about 1 minute to do so you will be spending only about 2 minutes working on your abs every day to get great results.
A quick disclaimer: this is a tough workout and should be done only by people with at least baseline fitness.
Ab workouts are only effective over the long term when used in conjunction with a healthy diet. Like the saying goes abs are cooked in the kitchen before they are sculpted in the gym.
You can’t maintain good abs over the long term without eating right.
A simpler Alternative
If you find the above workout a bit tough a good alternative is to use a “plank”.
Planks are also significantly more effective for toning the abs than sit ups and follow similar “isometric” principles to the isometric sit up discussed above. Meaning that they blast your abs without let up, without any significant period of relaxation.
For workouts so simple, planks are very effective. They strengthen your entire body-sculpt your core, strengthen your lower back and build your shoulders.
They work literally all the muscles of your abdomen…just like the isometric sit up.
A good plank routine
To start get yourself into the pushup position, then bend your elbow to 90 degrees so that your weight is resting on your forearms. Your elbow should be directly under your shoulder while your body forms a straight line from your head to your feet.
Hold that position for at least 2 minutes.
Do the plank at least twice a day to quickly tone your core.