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Abdominal workouts… why do some feel more effective than others

This is a question I’ve been asking myself for the last few days. For example, in martial arts class we do Tabata exercises. If you’ve never heard of Tabata, all it is is a series of exercises where you work 20 seconds as hard as you can, then rest 20 seconds, in multiples of your choice. For example, one can do four sets of tabata of the following exercises:

  • squat thrusts
  • push ups
  • jack-knifes

Again, it’s all personal preference. Most times we do push ups, squats, and crunches. Do one, rest, do the second, rest, do the third, rest, four times. In doing these, I’ve noticed folks going as fast as they can in each. Sure, that can be effective… IF proper form and technique is utilized. I’m of the school of thought that considers a slower pace can be good too, if you really take the time to isolate each muscle and push it to near muscle failure IN ADDITION to good form and technique. When it’s slow and controlled, you can’t use momentum to get you through the exercise, it has to be the muscle only. That’s where the burn comes in.

Now, I’m not an expert, I just know what works for me. Feel free to do your own thing, I always say.

When I feel the most burn in the abs these days is not from Pilates, or even Tabata… it’s from the Turbo Fire Abs 10 class. Ten minutes is all you need for this class. It starts out with crunches sure, and side bends and all that good stuff. But then, you have you bring yourself up slowly into different positions from the floor and hold it until the burn comes. Absolutely effective for me, I can tell you. In fact, as I sit here after an early morning session of that my abs still burn.

Chalene and the cast in the video make it look so easy, but man, it’s really not if you do it correctly.

I’ve posted this video before, but here is a demonstration of the Turbo Fire Abs 10 class that I found on Youtube. The young lady demonstrating has great form. I don’t know how she doesn’t make strange grimacing faces like I do when pulling myself up from a prone position (training camps UGH!):

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