On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing my best 8 ab training tips on how to get super defined abs faster.
These 8 ab training tips will show you how to work your abs, not your hip flexors.
It’s no secret that we all want abs.
But before I share how to get super defined abs faster, it’s important to note the following.
Your diet, weight lifting routine, and cardio workouts are essential to burning off your belly fat.
To do this, you need to train your abs directly, just like any other muscle group.
Unfortunately 89.456% of the time you’re training you’re abs the wrong way.
This is because most typical ab workouts are creating tension primarily in your hip flexors, not your abs.
This means you will have a hard time getting super defined abs, because you’re not primarily creating tension in your midsection.
You’ll also run the risk of ending up with super tight and over compensating hip flexors.
Super tight hip flexors can lead to long-term issues such as lower back pain and poor posture.
So let’s talk about why your ab workouts are not actually targeting your abs.
Your hip flexor muscles are made up of the following five primary muscles:
If you’re looking to get super defined abs faster, the training goal is to place as much tension in the abdominal region, while de-emphasizing tension on these 5 primary hip flexor muscles.
With all that said, here are 8 tips to ensure you always create tension in your abs, not your hip flexors.
Don’t add extra weight to your ab exercises until you learn how to really isolate and focus the tension in your abs, at the top of the move, for at least 1-2 seconds.
Once you can really feel the tension, then you can add weight.
The quality of the rep beats the quantity of reps, every single time when it comes to abs, and every other muscle group.
When doing any kind of ab exercise, initiate the movement by first contracting your abs.
For example, when doing the hanging leg raise, curl your hips by tilting your pelvis forward and rounding your back.
When you just raise your legs, without tilting your pelvis, this primarily fires the muscles in your hip flexors, not your abs.
Feel the contraction in your abs, then initiate the move.
Let’s keep it going.
Perform more difficult lower ab exercises first when your abs are still fresh.
Leg raises are a more difficult exercise, so complete it up front.
This will decrease the risk of firing your hip flexors, rather than your abs.
Following a slow and controlled tempo will help de-emphasize the stronger hip flexor muscles, and place more tension on your abs.
Like most muscle groups, to activate and fire the working muscle, you should remember to also focus on contracting the opposing muscle.
When it comes to working your abs, squeezing your glutes and activating your hamstrings can also help de-emphasize your hip flexors.
When doing a hanging knee raise, if you’re feeling more tension in your hip flexors rather than your abs, place a swiss ball between your feet and squeeze your feet together.
By doing this, it will help fire and work your abs, not your hip flexors.
If you have a hard time feeling the contraction in your abs, try this.
Before every abs workout, start by holding a forearm plank for up to 90 seconds.
Really focus on keeping your abs tight.
This will help activate and “turn on” your abs.
When your hip flexors are tight, they are in a shortened position.
This will really help to de-emphasize them during your abs workouts.
Let’s move on to the final tip to get super defined abs.
ART, which is short for active release technique, is a great way to open your hips and loosen your hip flexors.
I’ve been seeing amazing results since hiring a chiropractor 4 weeks ago, to perform ART on me.
To do this, check out an ART practitioner in your area.
You can also do yoga 1-2 times per week.
Yoga can also help open up your hips and release some of the tension.
Remember, abs are not just an “on-season” muscle.
As a Live Leaner, we rock abs all year round.
So if you want to implement all 8 of these ab training tips to activate, develop, and sculpt your abs, and maintain them for the rest of your life, here’s what you need to do.
This ab training workout program manual and videos showcases my most effective ab training workouts and secrets, as well as a belly fat blasting meal and supplement plan.
The sweat will be coming down after just one of these ab circuits.
Damn that’s good!
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.