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Ab Exercises You're Doing Wrong And How To Fix Them

Ab Exercises You're Doing Wrong And How To Fix Them

Ab Exercises You're Doing Wrong And How To Fix Them
Ab Exercises You

Whether you’re doing one of my BBG programs or you have your own routine happening, you’ve probably got a few ab exercises on your weekly schedule. Ab exercises are one of the most common requests I receive, but they can also be an exercise many people do incorrectly! 

As we know, using poor form may not lead to the best results, or worse, it may even cause you an injury. So today, I’m talking about some ab exercise you might be doing wrong AND how you can fix them. 

Leg Raises

They look simple enough, but I’m sure any BBG girl will point out leg raises aren’t simple! As you’re lowering your legs back towards the mat, it can be easy to arch your back. This can actually put a strain on your lower back, which may leave you feeling a bit sore.

To get the most out of leg raises, make sure you’re contracting your abs throughout the whole exercise. If you’re arching during the exercise, you aren’t working your abs properly and you run the risk of straining your back. If this sounds like something you might be doing, try only lowering your legs as far you as can while keeping your abs engaged. You could also opt for a bent-leg version to begin with and work up to a straight-leg one!

Ab Bikes

A big mistake I see people making with ab bikes is rushing them! When you’re working your core, don’t be afraid to slow it down a bit. That way you are really controlling the movement. 

Focus on keeping your shoulders elevated off the floor and rotating through your torso as you alternate between left and right (think about bringing your ribcage over to the opposite knee, not just your elbow!). That way, you’re targeting your obliques. You’ll definitely feel the burn as you get the hang of it!

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Russian Twist

The next time you are doing Russian twists, take a look at your form. You might actually find you are moving your arms from side to side, but not your torso. This means you aren’t targeting your internal obliques, which you should be doing!

Make sure that you’re maintaining a nice proud chest and keep your abs engaged by leaning back onto your sit bones. Then focus on twisting your torso while keeping your lower body still. And don’t forget to breathe as you move!

Side Plank

We already know that planks are one of the exercises people get wrong. So it’s probably not a big surprise for side planks to be on this list. 

When doing a side plank, concentrate on using your obliques to raise your hips away from the floor or mat. Tuck your pelvis under (so that your bottom isn’t sticking out behind you) to get the most bang for your buck. You also want to ensure your elbow is directly below your shoulder and your head and neck are straight. That way you don’t put undue pressure on your joints or strain your neck. 

I hope these tips help next time you’re training abs. My hardcore ab workout uses some of these exercises, so you can set yourself up in front of a mirror to see how your form looks! Remember to take it a little slower and concentrate on getting the exercises right, rather than rushing to get the reps done.

Are there any other ab exercises you want to know more about? Let me know in the comments!

Love, Kayla xx

* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.

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