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For Sculpted Abs, Don't Rest Between Reps

Want Strong Sculpted Abs? Don't Rest Between Reps

You do 100 crunches a day, but your abs are still not rock hard like you want for bikini season. If carrying around some extra weight around your middle isn't the problem, then another issue may be that you're resting between reps.

To get strong, sculpted ab muscles, when doing crunches, don't let the back of your head or shoulder blades touch the floor between reps. In order to tone your waist, the muscles must be fully engaged, and as soon as you release your body to the floor, you lose that tension. If you can't resist the urge to take a little snooze on the floor between reps, try doing your crunches on a stability ball. Since your upper body is floating in space, so you're forced to keep your abs engaged.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
Yeah, if you JUST do crunches and expect great abs, you won't really get much. You have to do more total core work as well as cardio. I love doing the stability crunches, but I get great ab definition when I do the full body pushups for a while. It really engages your abs.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
". . . The best way to get nice abs is a clean diet, the right amount of cardio (HIIT is great for this), and little bit of ab work to top it off . . . " I agree with MandeeLei on this one. I speak from experience. This is pretty much exactly what I do, and I have softly defined, sculpted abs. If I want more lean, defined abs, I'm just more strict about my clean diet, and maintain my exercise.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 7 years
The thing is the people that have the best abs usually do the least amount of actual ab work. I think a little ab work is a great thing but I have seen people work them every single day! Your abs are muscles just like any other muscles and should not be worked every day, they need rest as well. The best way to get nice abs is a clean diet, the right amount of cardio (HIIT is great for this), and little bit of ab work to top it off. However, I know people that have 6 packs and literally do 0 ab work. If you do compound movements like squats and deadlifts - you are using your core the entire time and thus working your abs.
Dbaby Dbaby 7 years
Also, ab exercises should be performed with the entire stomach wall pulled in towards the spine. This engages the lateral abdominals (obliques, transversus) and trains them to hold your stomach in. If you work your abs while your muscles are in this tight, flexed position, then the muscles will be trained to stay that way too. (for example, the girl in the photo does not have her stomach pulled into her spine.)
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