Abdominal workouts

  • I did my first lower body workout with abs. When I did my abs how if says in the book I never felt a burn. Has anyone else had this problem? 

  • Great question.  I just completed my lbwo as well and I had minimal burn. My calves on the other hand are throbbing still. One legged calf raises are awesome!

  • When I returned to BFL last spring, I did not feel the burn in my ab workouts until I started adding weight to my reps.

    Tis better to look UP in the mirror to be inspired than to look DOWN at the scale and lose your desire!! - SEM

  • Squid--How do you add weights to floor crunches? (im not being sarcastic--I honestly have no idea) Or are you referring to a different type of ab exercise? This is where I think my Total Gym will get some use! There are some great exercises on there and I can use my body weight for resistance. Do you think planks are a good exercise for this portion of the workout?

  • You can add weight to your crunches by holding a weighted plate behind you're head. It adds good resistance to your crunches. Be sure to add a weight that does not make you sacrifice your form. You can do 5lbs, 10lbs, 25lbs, or try to hold two 10 pound plates behind your head.  

  • Planks are good for working the core and it does work the abs...never hurts...so to speak...to add planks.  When I do weighted crunches I do it 2 ways.

    1 - Ball Crunches with a dumbbell held straight out past my head so that I get a stretch in my abs when the weight is eased back and then crunch it up without bending your arms.  You will feel this one.

    2 - you can use and EzBar or a dumbbell.  Hold the weight above your face and just crunch it up.  This will hurt a bit too.

    For in & outs, use a light dumbbell and hold it between your feet and then pull your legs and upper body in towards each other then extend out.

    For Russian Twist, grab a good weighted dumbbell and twist elbow to floor, elbow to floor.

    For leg raises, hold a dumbbell with your feet and raise and lower them.

    For hip risers, find a couple pair of ankle weights.

    I hope these will help you :)

    Tis better to look UP in the mirror to be inspired than to look DOWN at the scale and lose your desire!! - SEM

  • The only things I stick behind my head are a comb and my hands...lol.  Found out I work my abs harder when my arms are away from my head.

    Tis better to look UP in the mirror to be inspired than to look DOWN at the scale and lose your desire!! - SEM

  • Increase no of reps and try with holding weighted plate behind you're head. Don't stress to much on your back while doing these.