A fast abs workout is highly desirable for those with busy schedules, but certainly not at the expense of quality. Fast is good, ineffective is not.
The good news is that an abs workout does not have to be overly extended or excessively in order to achieve its purpose. But if it is a fast abs workout that you really want then it must be, at the very least, efficient and well planned.
This means that your training regimen needs to be, well … regimented. Do not try to make it up as you go along. Know your training routine and move crisply from one exercise or set to the next. In order for your abs workout to be seamlessly integrated with your busy schedule each individual segment of that routine must seamlessly integrate with the other parts.
Your abs workout also needs to be a dedicated block of time. This is more difficult if you go to the gym, as opposed to working out at home. There are more distractions, as the health club venue lends itself so easily to socializing. A fast abs workout requires focus and the minimalization of such distractions.
Finally, the type of exercises you engage in will also impact the efficiency of your workout. What I am referring to here is the superiority of multi-joint exercises. Multi-joint exercises are those that engage more than one muscle group simultaneously.
Examples of multi-joint workouts are squats, dead lifts, lunges and of course, pullups and pushups. The advantages of incorporating these types of exercises into your routine are many:
* Calorie burning – While isolating specific muscle groups such as the abdominals is important for toning and development, for calorie burning there is no substitution for a routine that targets multiple muscle groups simultaneously.
* Fat Burning – For fat burning purposes it is the RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) that must be targeted. Clearly, multi-joint exercises are far superior for maintaining a higher RMR.
* Full Body Toning – The end result of multi-joint exercises is an overall body workout that Promotes full body toning. What does this have to do with an abs workout? Read on.
Calorie and fat burning, as well as full body toning, are an integral part of any abs regimen. The fact is that all people have abs, so it’s not like we need to get them. They just can not be seen because of the excess subcutaneous fat that lies on top.
A workout routine that exercises multi-joint exercises will effectively burn that fat, along with excess calories, which in turn will result in more clearly defined abdominals. For abs “development” go ahead and add the necessary crunches to target that specific muscle group. But for maximum effectiveness a multi-joint strategy is essential.
By combining a multi-joint exercise strategy with a targeted abs regimen we have the basis for an effective and efficient fast abs workout that will produce maximum results in a short time.