One is good, two is better, and three is best when it comes to muscle toning. To be honest, however, as I get older, I now have a difficult time doing three sets. I get too bored doing three sets of everything. I do two, but I make sure those two are incredibly effective. Use challenging weights, and really concentrate on your form.
If you are a powerlifter, you will use heavy weights and do low repetitions, anywhere from one to four. If your primary goal is to build strength, you will also use heavier weights and shoot for anywhere from 4 to 8 repetitions. If you want to sculpt your body, you should do 10 to 15 reps with a manageable weight.
Devote 10 Percent of Your Workout Session to Abs
As with my rule regarding cardio you should do the same number of minutes per week as pounds you weigh, I have a rule when it comes to ab exercises: you should devote 10 percent of your workout session to abdominal exercises. So if you go to the gym for an hour, you should do six minutes worth of crunch-type exercises. Working out for thirty minutes? Do three minutes of ab exercises.
This ensures that you will make the most of your workout time. You need to focus first and foremost on burning calories and doing quality strength training. Ab exercises are a distant third when it comes to how much time at the gym should be devoted to them. Any extra time spent crunching away in vain is time that could be better spent elsewhere.
Don’t Use the Floor and the Wall at the Gym. Use the Equipment!
You are paying good money for the equipment at the gym. You travel to get there. Then why would you spend the majority of your time doing crunches on the floor or stretching against a wall? Use as much of the equipment as you can! For example: instead of doing a traditional crunch while at the gym, use the hanging leg raise machine, do a rope crunch, or tighten your abs using a hanging leg raise machine, do a rope crunch, or tighten your abs using a medicine ball or stability ball! You can do all of the other stuff at home
The Top Three Exercises to Leave out of Your Routine
Not all exercises are created equal. Some have a much higher risk of injury than others. If these exercises were amazing and had the potential to radically change your body for the better, I would have a much different attitude toward them. But they don’t. These three exercises can actually hurt you. The risk far outweighs the potential reward. I would therefore leave them out of your workout routine, no matter what your fitness level or goals.
The Top Trainer Tricks for Building a Great Body
It may surprise you to learn that it doesn’t matter whether you want a lean physique like a dancer or a massive, hulking frame like a bodybuilder; there are certain universal tricks that apply to all types of strength training, regardless of your goal. Apply these concepts, and you cannot fail!