Wednesday, October 28, 2009

No More Crunch Time - Crunch Free Ab Training

Like many other people out there, one of my main objectives when joining the gym is to get toned abs. Toned, because I think a woman with 6-pack abs ala Shwarzenegger is kind of freakish. When the sales guy took me on a tour of my would-be gym, he showed me all the ab machines they have on offer. I was pretty excited when I saw all those equipments, ready to be used as the instrument of torture for my abs. Little did I know back then that I don't need any of those equipments. None of them. Zero. Zilch.

For the longest time I have subjected my lower back and my neck to torture when doing hundreds of crunches a day. It came to a point that I didn't look forward to my abs workout sessions. Luckily for me, I discovered that I don't have to do any of those backbreaking, neck snapping crunches to strengthen my abs. Through turbulence training, I discovered that a total body workout is the best way to a stronger, flatter and toned abs.

When I first tried out the workouts, I couldn't believe how hard my abs are working. And hell they were sore the next day; evidence that the abs have been put to good use the day before. Here are a few sample videos of the kind of ab workouts I'm doing now. Then you can try it out and tell me what you think.

The vid above shows different types of bodyweight ab workouts while the one below shows some basic upper body workouts that also target your core. Two-in-one. Cool, huh?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The First Entry

Hey guys and gals. So this blog is actually a pet project. I started visiting the gym almost two years ago because I suddenly had a lot of extra time on my hands. So what better way to utilise it than by doing something about my scrawny frame, right?

Unlike most fitness blogs out there which focus on weight-loss, mine is a bit different I guess. I've always been skinny. Fall sick for a day or two, and I shed kilos. Fasting month? Yeah I shed more kilos. Depressed? Boyfriend troubles? Time of the month psycho mood swings? More kilos down the drain.

So yeah, for me it's a challenge to gain weight. There are some misinformed people who have told me all I need to is eat more. Why waste time visiting the gym? The thing is, I'm not looking forward to fat gain. What's so sexy about a flabby tummy? I'm looking to gain mass, which translates into a better body.

This blog AIMS to record my journey towards a higher percentage of muscle mass and a lower percentage of body fat. Would love it if you would join me on the ride.