Multi Dimensional Ab Training
by David Grisaffi
In some of my previous articles, I've written about why you need to change your ab programs frequently to avoid muscle adaptation, repetitive pattern overload injury, muscle imbalance and of course, boredom!. But those aren't the only reasons you need exercise variety.
The functions of the abdominal and core muscles are so numerous, so varied and so complex, that entire textbooks have been written on functional anatomy and kinesiology without even scratching the surface.
What this means to you is that since there are more actions and functions of the abs and core than any other body part, there are more possible exercises you can do for abs and core than for any other body part.
With literally hundreds of ab and core exercises to choose from, the irony is that most people are STILL doing workouts that revolve around only a few exercises such as crunches, sit ups, leg raises and maybe some ab machines...
This is what I call "training in only one dimension"... and that can spell "trouble"
One dimensional training leads not just to progress plateaus and muscle adaptation, but also failure to engage all the functions of the core region, to strengthen thoroughly in every plane of movement, or to develop the proper neurological link to the muscle.
The end result is muscle weakness, muscle imbalances, injuries, a distended lower abdominal area and or and a not so impressive midsection.
The Firm And Flatten Your Abs program includes about 50 exercises which allow you to train every muscle in your core region in every "dimension." These dimensions include:
One way to enter a whole new "dimension" of abdominal training is to start using a Swiss ball - also known as a stability ball because a ball is an unstable surface. Training on an unstable surface flips the switch on your nervous system and activates stabilizing muscles that are weak in most people due to sitting at a desk all day long and or doing too much machine training.
Here are 5 of my favorites (includes illustrations and exercise instructions):
I realize if you're not familiar with Swiss ball and core training, that some of these exercises may look unusual or even "weird" at first.
You might look at the pictures and say, "David, it looks to me more like "rolling around on a beach ball than training."
Yup...that's what a lot of people said... until they tried them and their abs started showing for the first time!
By expanding your arsenal of ab and core exercises and working them in every capacity and function for which they were designed, you will...
* Increase your strength
* Decrease the odds of ever having back pain
* Improve sports performance
* Avoid plateaus and muscle adaptation...
And maybe best of all..
* Get an impressive "six pack"
You can learn more about this concept of multi dimensional training and also see dozens of new core and ab
exercises in the Firm And Flatten Your Abs Ebook:
About The Author
David Grisaffi majored in physical education and is a certified high performance exercise kinesiologist with the CHEK institute. David holds
a total of 6 certifications, he is a high school wrestling and baseball coach as well as an independent trainer and strength coach, known
especially for his work with professional boxers and golfers. David is the author of, Firm And Flatten Your Abs an online best seller which
teaches you how to lose body fat and develop "six pack abs' while improving strength, function and athletic power at the same time. You
can contact David or learn more about his programs at www.flattenyourabs.net