Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: advice for abs? page

  1. #1
    docteurguillotine's Avatar
    docteurguillotine is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    France
    Posts
    19

    advice for abs?

    Shop Now
    helllllllo,
    I have started the primal blueprint fitness plan, sound solid, but i need advice for some who are more advanced in this path: does plank (forearms+knees) is enough for working the abs?

    I have been involved in competition (martial art, full contact...) but i never try to build my abs with plank.. any good story to share about it?

    Thanks!

    Grok on!!!

  2. #2
    LockieKermit's Avatar
    LockieKermit is offline Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    85
    they extremely good core exercises because it's an exercise that basically makes sure the abs do what they're made to do. Keep your stomach and surrounding muscles tight and strong, protecting your spine.

  3. #3
    Al_Kavadlo's Avatar
    Al_Kavadlo is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    1,399
    Planks are great for building your abs. There are a lot of variations on planks that you can try too. (click the link for more info!)

    Once you get good at planks, you can try working on the L-sit as well.
    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

    "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

    My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com


  4. #4
    docteurguillotine's Avatar
    docteurguillotine is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    France
    Posts
    19
    faster and smarter than a quick search on wikipedia, the members of this forum! Thanks for your quick and precise answers!!

  5. #5
    Daemonized's Avatar
    Daemonized is online now Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Olathe, KS
    Posts
    2,253
    Mark suggest tightening and holding your abs for building up more definition. The only thing that I for mine is about 20 fully inverted sit ups and some twisting inverted crunches for the obliques. I'm on my inversion table anyway to keep my back healthy so I toss in an ab exercise.

  6. #6
    primalrob's Avatar
    primalrob is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Manchester, NH
    Posts
    2,142
    planks are great for the abs...and like alkavadlo said, there are a lot of variations you can do to increase the intensity and which muscles are being hit. also, your abs are going to get a workout with just about any exercise you do with PB fitness. my abs get a great workout just doing pull-ups and push-ups. any time you are lifting heavy, balancing, throwing, moving your body weight, etc. your abs are going to be engaged.

  7. #7
    worthc's Avatar
    worthc is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    15
    forearms and toes is better if you can do it. side planks, hanging leg/knee raises, ab wheel rollouts etc. worked for me. And i think any heavy lifting where you have to stabilize the weight above your center of gravity helps as well.

  8. #8
    Daemonized's Avatar
    Daemonized is online now Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Olathe, KS
    Posts
    2,253

  9. #9
    979roadrunner's Avatar
    979roadrunner is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Columbus, Texas
    Posts
    273
    Totaly agree with that article. I actualy don't do planks, because I'm already planking every time I do pushups, and do compound movements. (even on pulldowns the abs engage, as well as Squats, deads, overhead presses)
    I do do Swiss ball 'crunches' (more like situps, done on a ball, except using the ball keeps the lower back from being overstressed, as in a regular situp) and knee tucks (working toward hanging leg raises) and wiil add movements like woodchops over time, but realy don't need to. The abs are a stabilizer set, and realy, just stabilizing the body during movements will work them plenty.
    Want a great ab workout? Go bust rocks with a sledgehammer. That works the abs, hard, the way they're suppossed to be worked.
    Everything worthc posted is great, as well.
    Note that none of these exercises involve flexing or extending the lumbar spine in isolation. they use the abs to stabilize the spine against force (even the situps involve bending at the hips, while keeping the torso stable)
    I'm not old, I'm Vintage!

  10. #10
    BarbeyGirl's Avatar
    BarbeyGirl is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    SW Idaho farmland
    Posts
    928
    Planks are great.

    Hanging leg raises are my personal favorite.

    But it was *weighted* ab work that really cut up my abs (beyond getting lean enough for them to show -- this is what carved out the "bricks") -- weighted HLRs, situps, and renegade rows. Awesome.
    Nightlife ~ Chronicles of Less Urban Living, Fresh from In the Night Farm ~ Idaho's Primal Farm! http://inthenightlife.wordpress.com/

    Latest post: Stop Being Stupid

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •