Some of my favorite abdominal exercises that I like to personally use with not only my clients but myself are the cable ab crunch, medicine ball ab twist and the decline crunch.
What I have found to be most beneficial with using these exercises are they are different exercises that stimulate the ab muscles in a different way as well as they give you an opportunity to add resistance to your ab work.
Abs have incredible endurance because they work all day with stabilizing our bodies and so these are some of the best ways I have found to really shock them into change.
I recommend that you do each exercise 3 to 4 sets with minimal rest in between sets. I personally like to take no rest in between the sets to make sure that I am challenging my abs as much as possible.
If you need any help on how to perform these exercises send me an email or message and I will send you some instructions on how to do them.
The Scale is a Liar
The scale is such a trap for so many people especially when they are trying their best to better themselves and we have all been sold on the fact that weight is the only thing that matters. That is old school thinking and the scale never really tells the full truth. Sometimes the scale will say you have lost or gained weight but it can be so many different things that make it change. It can be the fact that you have had a lot of sodium and water in the same day and so your body is retaining water. It could also be that you are gaining muscle and dropping fat.
Focus on how You Feel
The best way to tell if you are being successful in your workout program is number one…how you feel. This is often overlooked and under rated in a fitness program but it is the real reason why you started focusing on weight loss in the first place is to feel a certain way…to be happy!
How do your Clothes Fit
The next thing you want to focus on is how your clothes fit. If you are working out right and getting results then your clothes will fit looser on your body.
It is all about Body Fat
Lastly, you want to focus on your body composition and the key number that you want to keep a very close eye on is body fat percentage. At the end of the day it is body fat percentage that is what gives you the lean and tone look. Focus on that number instead of the number on the scale.
I want to hear some success stories of what is going right, what you have done right, motivational quote you heard, a new tool you are using to help reach your goals, and of course if you guys have any questions that I can help with. :)
Here are some functional exercises that you can use that can be done in the gym or if you have home equipment you can as well.