If you want strong abs, abs are an absolute waste of time.
In this article, I’ll show you 3 reasons why abs suck when it comes to abdominal exercises … and recommend some better exercises.
First, let’s talk about the most popular abs exercises in the world:
Problem n. # 1: they are too easy.
Except for those who are extremely out of shape, the abs are pretty easy. Most people can remove 10, 20, or even 50 without too much trouble.
And in the world of fitness, easy usually means ineffective. The truth is that everything that is easy does not work. The world record holder can do more than 2000 sit-ups in less than an hour! And surprisingly, he doesn’t have great abs!
Problem # 2: They can hurt your back.
Your spine is a magnificent piece of machinery. It can be bent, curled and bent without any problems. However, if you repeat the same movement thousands of times (like when folding the truck when doing sit-ups), you can create some overuse injuries.
That is why it is best to find an abdominal exercise that offers superior results with fewer repetitions. Not only will you save time, but it will also save your back.
Problem n. 3: they don’t work.
In my youth, I tried an experiment. I did 500 sit-ups every night for a full month. After a month, I completed over 15,000 sit-ups. And yet my stomach looked no different.
That is a huge waste of time in my book. Think about it: if you lift the first one and “build a muscle,” will it make your biceps bigger? Of course not, even if you do it a hundred times a day. That’s the same reason why doing 100 or more sit-ups every day won’t give you better abs. Flexing a muscle is not enough stimulation.
So if you want a better abdominal exercise, you need to find an exercise that 1) isn’t too easy 2) doesn’t hurt your back, and 3) really works.
Unfortunately, not many abdominal exercises make the cut. In fact, most modern abdominal exercises are absolutely useless. Fortunately, there are some “old school” abdominal exercises you can use that will give you perfect abs in no time (as long as your eating strategy is solid).
The first old-school abs exercise is the roll-out of the abs wheel. This exercise teaches your abs to work in conjunction with the rest of your body, resulting in a harder contraction and a more effective exercise.
Another good exercise is the hanging leg lift. Grab a chin-up bar, keep your legs straight, and slowly raise your feet in front of you to eye level. Move slowly and without using momentum.
If you’re not seeing the results you want with your abs, try skipping them for a month and use these old-school abdominal exercises for a change of pace.