Regular readers of mine will note I have written extensively that physically seeing your abs is about 80% down to what you eat (click here for all my nutrition posts). Despite this fact, however, even the best diet in the world won’t physically strengthen and tighten your abdominal’s leaving you with the six-pack you’ll be proud of. The only thing which will help you achieve that is the right training routine, adhered to consistently.
The Best Exercises For a Strong Core
Forget ‘Ab Crunch Machines’ and sit-ups… These exercises can cause imbalances in the body which, over time, can lead to injury and won’t burn anywhere near the calories needed to make a physical difference to your shape. Instead think of compound, full body movements which will functionally work your core muscles from lots of different angles while burning a huge amount of calories. I have designed this workout to be as user-friendly as possible whilst choosing exercises which will progressively work you hard for maximum results over the next 30 days.
Progression is the name of the game here. The exercises you do on Day 1 will not be the same on Day 30. They will adapt and evolve to challenge your body harder as you get stronger and fitter. I have given you rest days each week and it’s important you take them. Your body will need time to recover and repair after exercise so please do follow it strictly and that means time off to rest in contrast to working hard.
I have also included some video tutorials to help ensure the exercises are completed correctly. Please do take a few minutes to have a look through. Good technique is crucial to prevent injuries, so take your time and please work on getting the exercises right for the best results. The tutorials also offer an explanation to each of the exercise names. If you aren’t sure what the names mean on the workout below, check out the videos for an explanation.
If you have questions or would like to let me know how you are getting on, please leave a message in the comment section below. You will notice I have included a ‘tick box’ for each exercise you complete and then a big one at the end once you have finished the programme. The idea is for you to print a hard copy and check off each exercise throughout the 30 days. This can be incredibly motivational and a great sense of achievement.
Click to download worksheet as a PDF: 30-day-abdominal-challenge-worksheet
If you need a little assistance with the specific exercises, please check out my short video:
Good luck and please let me know how you get on! It’s only a month of your life, what have you got to lose? You can message me with questions if you have any queries and share your success on my social network feeds including Twitter and Facebook.