Having strong abdominals (abs) is vital to everyone, whether you’re an athlete, recreational exerciser or just want to stay in shape and feel healthy. Strong abs leads to better balance, faster reaction times, better posture, and increased speed and power. Having a shield of muscle encompassing your trunk also assists with shock absorption and decreases the incidence of lower-back injuries. Power is both created and transferred in your midsection, allowing you to simultaneously apply your upper and lower body strengths into one coordinated burst of energy. Lower-back injuries plague many people, and the chances of experiencing lower back pain increases as you age. One of the best ways to prevent lower-back injuries is to strengthen the abdominal muscles. Strong abs will drastically help reduce some of the daily stress that is placed on your back muscles and lower lumbar vertebrae. Strengthening your trunk can also play a major role in injury rehabilitation; muscles that are well trained are more likely to recover faster from injuries.
Unlike other muscles in the body, the abdominals are uniquely capable of being trained on a daily basis without experiencing fatigue or overtraining. Your abs include the rectus abdominis, external oblique, internal oblique, and transversus abdominis. Each requires different exercises that target them specifically. Variety allows you to build, tone, and strengthen every part of your abdominals. Rotational movements are especially effective for strengthening the abs because it trains all regions of the abdominal area and simulates many sport specific movements, such as swimming, baseball, and golf.
The abdominals are primarily slow-twitch muscle fibers, which require them to be trained with slow movements for optimal results. Try to use a one-two count as you execute each half of a repetition. Your abs need to be trained for muscular endurance, not muscular strength, so take your time and don’t rush through your abdominal exercises.
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