Give ‘Em a Chance to Develop
The next major rule of getting hard abs is to stop over-working your abdominal muscles.
Most guys who want to get hard abs tend to do crunches, leg raises, or whatever… every single day. But, they work every other major muscle group every other day.
Look, your abdominal muscles are no different than any other muscle group. You can’t continuously work it without giving it a chance to rest, recuperate and develop!
So, the new rule of hard abs is… work your abdominal muscles three to four days per week, and no more.
You can either work them every other day (with a day of rest in between)… or… just work them on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
If you don’t already know, your muscles only grow, develop, and get stronger when they get enough rest in between workouts.
So, do with your abs what you do with every other muscle group in your body: let them rest at least 24 hours before you work them again.
One Move, to Rule Them All
There are lots of exercises that can work your abs from every conceivable angle. That doesn’t mean that you should do them all.
In fact, you only need two or three core moves that you can cycle out every few weeks.
However, if you only had to do one exercise, to see some quick results, it would be the Balancing V.
Here’s how it’s done…
Lie down on the floor – on your back, and your face towards the ceiling…with your legs straight and your arms also straight, stretched out over your head, without any bend in the elbows.
Slowly start to lift your upper body by bending at your waist as if you were sitting up, while bringing your arms forward slightly faster than the rest of your body.
As your upper body starts to lift up and forward, simultaneously lift your legs up towards the ceiling.
When executed correctly, your entire body should be off the floor except for your butt, which will be resting on the floor and balancing the “V” formation of your body.
At this point, the tips of your fingers should be able to touch the tips of your toes.
Hold this position for a couple of seconds and then start to slowly descend your upper body as well as your legs back to the floor.
You should end up back on the floor, laying down, with your body straight and your arms stretched out above your head.
Repeat this move up to 6 times.
Hint: Doing this exercise will require a bit of balancing, especially when your butt is the only part of your body still in contact with the floor.
To start – and for practice, you should first do this exercise on your bed. The give in the mattress will help you to balance much easier, until you get the hang of the exercise.
At that point, you can move to the floor.