New Rules of Abs Exercises

Every Christmas I return home to the small city of Stratford where I grew up…and I get into the local gym for a couple of workouts.

Unfortunately, the local gym is almost like the “land where time stood still” when it comes to training.

Members do plenty of slow cardio (reading books, chatting, etc.) and endless repetitions of crunches. This is wrong!

Even the trainers that work there do the same.

Disappointing to see so many folks wasting their time.

As you know, ab training has changed a LOT in the last 10 years. We know that the goal of our abs is to help our upper body remain stable during movement.

In fact, our abs work AGAINST:

– Rotation
– Flexion
– Extension

The abs simply want the body to stay straight so that we protect
our low backs.

It is NOT good for our spine and low back to be doing crunches, sit-
ups, or any other “rounded back” exercise.

So say goodbye to old-school “twisting and turning and crunching” ab workouts, and check out the “New Rules of Lifting for Abs”.

That’s the name of a book by my friends Alwyn Cosgrove and Lou Schuler, and here are just 3 of the dozens of “new school” ab exercises you’ll find in their book (along with full workout plans).

#1 – Anti-Rotation Cable Hold

#2 – Front Plank plus Cable Pulldown
#3 -Side Plank plus Cable Row
If you don’t have access to cables, here are three at-home abs alternatives:
#1 – Cross Body Mountain Climber
#2 – Inchworm or Stability Ball Rollout

#3 – Side Plank with DB Lateral Raise

All of those are in the TT for Abs DVDs.

Finally, I want to leave you with this…

WARNING: To all those folks that are planning a killer extreme 7-day per week program on January 1st.

Do NOT forget that your DIET is more important than your training for fat loss.

Let the diet do the work while you train smart. As odd as this sounds, there aren’t too many things more damaging to a good diet than being injured.

When you’re hurt and can’t exercise, people ditch the diet pretty quick. Please be smart and safe with your training.

Looking forward to your success in 2011,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS