There's a lot of great exercises for the abs and, in my opinion, none of them have anything to do with sit ups or crunches.
The key to abdominal strength and development is about training the whole body to stabilize at a high level.
What I mean is stabilizing in functional movements, not training to actively flex our trunk (as with sit ups and crunches).
One the best ways to develop abdominal strength is with basic barbell lifts.
Exercise technique, exercise selection, and optimal nutrition are all critical components in our training success.
To get the results we want, we've got to do the the right things.
Of course, we have to know what it is we want.
Assuming we do, there is something that's so important to our success, yet it's not discussed nearly enough, in my opinion.
There's an exercise I have new respect for.
A seemingly simple exercise that actually provides many benefits.
The problem is many of us undervalue the exercise, shrug it off, or just flat out hate it.
I'm here to make a strong case for the burpee.
The burpee has incredible value in strength and conditioning when performed properly and when programmed correctly.
If you and I were sitting down talking right now, this is what I'd tell you about how to get results.
These are the 3 things you need to get exactly what you want.
Sorry, but it does require effort and a bit of thinking.
No BS, no fluff, just the honest truth.
There's a few common kettlebell swing mistakes that can prevent you from getting the results you want.
These aren't mistakes made by the newbie, either.
Take a read through to make sure you're not making any of these easily avoidable swing errors.
Here's 7 of the most common things I've seen with the Russian-style kettlebell swing.
Density training is the amount of work completed (rounds, sets, or reps) in a given period of time.
Here's a simple example.
Let's say you have a 2 exercise combination of opposing exercises, push ups and pulls ups.
Your rep sequence may be 10 reps of push ups and 5 reps of pullups and you work to complete as many rounds as possible (AMRAP) of this combination in the 10 minute time period.
You track the total reps done (or rounds) in this given time period.
This is density training.
This is a burning question I've thought a lot about.
Actually, I've been obsessed with this question.
Obviously, I'm a big believer in the power of physical strength to optimize our performance and help us achieve the specific goals we want.
There's no question in my mind about the benefits of strength, but how strong do we need to become?
One simple reason we need strength is because we lose strength and muscle mass after the age of 25 or so.