Abs Workout

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SAMPLE EXERCISE PROGRAMS

A. Exercise your complete body every other day, up to three times a week. The one day rest enables your body to recover from the previous workout.

B. Alternate your daily workouts. One day isolate the upper body exercises, and the next day perform the lower body exercises.

It is important to first establish specific and realistic goals. You should determine your long term goal and then set a series of short term goals that will help you attain your long term goal. For maximum results, follow a complete fitness program that includes proper nutrition, aerobic exercise and strength training.

SAMPLE TRAINING METHODS

1. FOR MUSCULAR ENDURANCE & DEFINITION:
This training method incorporates achieving and maintaining a high cardiovascular (heart) rate and helps burn away excess fatty tissue. It also adds muscle definition and muscular endurance to your entire body. Exercises are most commonly performed for 15 to 20 repetitions and 3 to 4 sets using a light to moderate weight. The rest period between sets should be about 30 seconds. These short rest intervals will help maintain an elevated heart rate and prevent the muscles from cooling down.

2. FOR STRENGTH:
This type of training is the most popular of the three and is designed specifically for increasing strength throughout the muscle and the muscle-tendon junction. This type of training is especially important for athletes. Normally, exercises are performed using moderate to heavy weight for 8 to 12 repetitions and 2 to 3 sets. The rest period between sets should be from 60 to 90 seconds. This allows a degree of muscle recovery before you hit them again.

3. FOR POWER & MUSCLE MASS:
This is the method most often used by bodybuilders and is recommended only for the intermediate and advanced lifter. The weights used are heavy – this shocks the muscles and stimulates a more rapid increase in muscle size. Usually exercises are performed for 2 to 6 repetitions and 3 to 4 sets using very heavy weight. The rest period between sets should be 3 to 4 minutes. The prolonged rest periods allow ample time for recovery between sets.

A repetition is defined as one complete movement from the starting position, through the full range of motion, and back to the starting position. A set is defined as a series of continuous repetitions. Start your exercise program conservatively. Select a weight for each exercise that is easily performed for the full range of motion. Learn to feel your body’s responses and change your program and training method accordingly. See Owner’s Manual for more information.

The following exercises were preformed on the Body-Solid G5S Home Gym, but should apply to any selectorized home gym system.

AB-1 Resistance Ab Crunch
(abdominals)
  1. Insert pin into weight stack at desired resistance level and adjust Press Arm to Storage position.
  2. Attach Tricep / Ab Strap to mid pulley cable and adjust back pad to Chest Press position.
  3. Sit on seat pad with your back resting against back pad. Grasp the strap and place it securely over your shoulders, keeping your hands planted firmly on your upper chest throughout the exercise movement.
  4. Using Abdominal muscle strength, slowly bend forward at the waist as far as comfortably possible.
  5. Pause for a moment, then slowly return back to the starting position. Repeat movement.
  6. Exhale on exertion, inhale on return motion.
AB-2 Oblique Crunch
(obliques & abdominals)
  1. Insert pin into weight stack at desired resistance level and adjust Press Arm to Storage position.
  2. Attach Tricep / Ab Strap to mid pulley cable and adjust back pad to Chest Press position.
  3. Sit on seat pad with your back resting against back pad. Grasp the strap and place it securely over your shoulders, keeping your hands planted firmly on your upper chest throughout the exercise movement.
  4. While holding the strap firmly over your shoulders, simultaneously bend forward and rotate your upper body slowly to the left as far as comfortably possible while keeping your legs and hips stationary.
  5. Pause for a moment, then slowly return to the starting position.
  6. Alternate the movements from the left to the right and then repeat the movements.
  7. Exhale on exertion, inhale on return motion
AB-3 Oblique Bend
(obliques)
  1. Insert pin into weight stack at desired resistance level.
  2. Attach Stirrup Handle (optional) to low pulley cable.
  3. Take an overhand grasp of the strap with your right hand and stand 1 to 2 feet away from the machine with your right side toward the machine.
  4. Keeping your arm, legs, and hips straight, bend your torso away from the machine.
  5. Pause for a moment, then slowly return your torso back along the same arc, to the starting position. Repeat movement.
  6. Exhale on exertion, inhale on return motion.
  7. Turn around and repeat with the opposite hand.
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