Resistance training makes the muscles work harder for faster results.
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Resistance Training Increases Abs Size

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Simply put, I love resistance training. It requires more effort to do the exercises which means that it increases your ability to build abs faster. The unique part about this concept is that there is confusion on what is the best way to do the exercise when it comes to your abdominals.

The first idea is to just do a high amount of reps only using your body weight. This is great for breaking down your adipose tissue, also known as fat, but doesn’t really make the abdominals that much bigger. Instead this technique tones your core compared to stimulating muscle growth.

Body Weight Resistance Training

The Confusion

For some reason people tend to think that your abdominals need to be treated differently than all of the other muscles of your body.

I’ve only been able to come up with one rational view about the idea and that is since fat is stored in this area first it is better to do more cardio oriented exercises (meaning more reps and less weight) in order to burn off that fat.

That’s great if you want to do that, but if you want the dream body you have always wanted, then using body weight only at some point will not be enough. As you get stronger you will have to do one of two things, use more weight by doing resistance training workouts, or by doing more reps.

You might initially think about doing more reps first because you want to burn away fat faster, but if your abs starts to take 3-4 hours to burn out only using your body weight, that seems like wasted time to me. In fact, in today’s day and age it is a miracle if you can find a full hour to do a workout without interruption.

This is where resistance training comes in. The goal here is to use more weight and do less reps. The added weight will make your body believe that it needs to grow the abdominal muscles bigger and stronger to be able to do these workouts in the future. Therefore, it is time to up the weight!

The goal is to find a weight that allows you to do at least 8 reps per set. If you use a weight that lets you do up to 14 reps per abdominal exercise then you need to increase the weight. As long as you keep reaching that 8 rep mark, you’ll start to notice some big changes after a few weeks if you keep it up.

What should I use for resistance training?

 

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You can use bands, weight plates, and dumbbells. The best resistance training you can use for your six pack ab goals is to weight plates. These are the ones that you would put on a benching bar. The reason these are so good is because you can lay them flat across your chest with crossed arms. This will prevent injury because the weight will be very secure.

Bands are better for twisting exercises such as a standing side-to-side twist. Hold the band out in front of you and turn your torso to one side and then the other slowly. This will work your midline and really let you get some good core definition.

Dumbbells can be used in place of weight plates, but personally I find them more uncomfortable. If you do use a dumbbell I would recommend using them on leg lifts that stay below your waist. By doing so, your abs will be forced to flex to keep your legs together to hold the weight while doing the leg lifting exercise. It’s a great way to work on your lower abs.

In conclusion, if you’re finding that your body weight isn’t enough, it’s time to do some resistance training to really start to get your flat stomach and six pack abs goals in sight!

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