If you don’t focus on getting the proper form down when you do your ab exercises, you aren’t going to gain strength fast and you may even end up hurting yourself. The following will teach you how to get great results from your ab workouts by learning and performing them with the best form you can.
To achieve proper form during your ab workouts, you need to identify two things to watch out for during your exercises.
#1 Maintain complete control at all times.
To get a good ab workout, you have to engage the abdominal muscles as much as you can. Maintaining complete control over every movement will help you do this most effectively. Never use momentum or swing to accomplish the exercise you are performing.
If you don’t have control over your abdominals while you’re exercising, two things could happen. First, you won’t get a very good ab workout, and therefore won’t see hardly any results. Second, if you swing or use momentum to complete the exercise, you can potentially hurt yourself. If you get hurt, not only does it suck, but it will also be a big set-back to your goals.
#2 Watch your back
When performing the exercises in your ab workout, be sure to watch your back and make sure you never arch it. Arching your back will put lots of stress on your lower spine and can slowly deteriorate that area. This can lead to a seroius injury down the road, or lower back pain.
Always be sure that you keep your back hunched when doing your ab exercises. If you find that an exercise almost forces you to arch your back each rep, either find a way to do it with your back hunched, or drop the exercise out of your ab workout. Don’t risk injury just to keep up with a given plan or workout schedule.