Most fitness experts agree that your abdominals help to support and protect your spine, and thus, they must never be fatigued before doing any non ab exercises such as, chins, rows, deadlifts and squatting movements. These “experts” state that when your abs are fatigued, you are at a greater risk of acquiring a back injury. Based on this, the entire fitness industry insists that you must only do your ab training at the end of your workout.
The problem is that this training philosophy goes against one of the most basic workout truths: the Priority Principle. This principle simply states that what gets trained first will get the best training effect. Why would this principle work for every other body part in the human body except your abs?
What if getting a set of six pack abs is your number one priority? What if your abs happen to be your weakest body part?
In either of these cases, your abs should be worked at the beginning of your workout when you are the least fatigued.
So I suggest this alteration to your workout: if abs are your priority, work them out first! This simple adjustment in training sequence will make a huge difference in your results. You will have much greater focus when working your abs, and be able to put forth a significantly better effort while training them, since you will be totally fresh.
If, like most people, you just throw an ab exercise at the end of your workout, this technique will double you rate of progress towards sculpting your midsection.
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, priority abdominal training will also provide you with a great warm up for the rest of your workout. The only exception to this rule is when you are truly training with maximal weights. Doing anything that could have any residual fatigue prior to a maximal weight workout would be undesirable.
Incorporate this training sequence into your routine and have your six pack in no time!
Author: John AlvinoThis author has published 1 articles so far.