Before, even when I was going to the gym and running a lot, I hated doing abs. But now, they have sort have become an addiction for me. I really like doing them, even when I’m done with my program for the day, I find myself doing more. I’ve been alternating between two ab workouts.

One is the cheesey 8 minute abs that you used to see on TV all the time and my abs feel like they were worked pretty good my first time doing those. You can see the video here if you are interested, but if you can’t take the horrible 70’s porn music you may just want to read a description. It’s basically this:

All sets are 45 seconds worth and each exercise has 1 set. These are done in one continuous amount of time. If you need to see an example of the exercises you can see how they do them in the video linked to above:

  • crunches
  • rt. oblique crunch
  • lt. oblique crunch
  • toe touches
  • reverse crunch
  • rt. side crunch
  • lt. side crunch
  • push throughs
  • leg pushes
  • alternating curls
  • curls

The other workout I alternate with is the following, again done in one continuous amount of time:

  • 50 crunches
  • 25 russian twists – sit up with your butt on the ground, lift your legs about a foot off the ground, keep them up while you twist your torsoe, so you touch your hands to the ground on alternating sides of you body. These will seriously hurt if you’ve never done them before.
  • 25 straight leg raises
  • 50 more crunches
  • 25 toe touches – basically a leg raise while trying to touch your toes with your hands
  • 30 lifted leg crunches – touch your knees to your chest and do a curl
  • 25 scissors – basically the same thing as an alternating curl
  • 50 more crunches

Both these seem to be working relatively well. However, if anyone else has ab workouts that they swear by please post them in the comments or a link to where you can find them.

There are many different theories on how often you should do abs, and I’m not going to go into all them, because personally I don’t know what the absolute best way to do them. I’ve heard 20 different ways and everybody swears their way is the right way, so basically you’ll need to figure out what you think is best for you.

Other than that, hopefully the diet is going well for you all, and keep up the good work. I couldn’t recommend a gym membership enough, though, especially since the winter months are pretty hard on us all.