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					Building the Abdominal Muscles
You want a six-pack? This seems to be the number one goal of every bodybuilder. Regrettably, there are about as many ab-building misconceptions as there are bodybuilders. Your friend at the gym may have told you to do 100 sit ups a day to build your six-pack. Wrong. Another friend may have told you to do one hundred crunches a day. Again, this is wrong. Situps can hurt your back. Crunches can give you bad posture, and doing anything that much everyday - especially in the beginning - is only going to lead to longterm injury, because you aren't giving your muscles enough time to repair between workouts. What many people don't realize is that the first step to building great abs is not in exercise designed to build those muscles. The first step is in losing body fat. You may actually have a six-pack under the fat, and it doesn't matter how much you work out, if you don't reduce the body fat, nobody is going to see that awesome six-pack of yours. Once you've lost the body fat so that you can actually see your abdominal muscles, it is time to do some exercise to get them into shape. There are many exercises that you can do to build abdominals, and they involve using the back, in some instances, and using the legs. Situps, again, can hurt your back. This should not rule them out. The trick is to learn how to do situps properly, and to not do them to the extent that they overwork your back. You can also lie on the floor, bend your knees, and pull your thighs into your abdomen. This is safer, but only works the lower abdominals. You can work the abs when you do chinups. Use an underhanded grip on the bar, bend your knees at a 90 degree angle, and as you pull your chin up above the bar, pull your thighs up into your abdomen.

All of these exercises will work, but again, they are pretty much pointless if you don't lose the body fat first. The loss of body fat typically comes from eating a good diet, while doing exercises to burn fat, as opposed to exercises done to build muscle. Special bodybuilding program online – read more at http://www.bodybuildingtips.info


				
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Description: Want a six-pack? Read this document about building the abdominal muscles.