MUST-DO MOVE

Build static strength and gym-ready abs with the front lean­ing rest

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

Build abs with­out mov­ing a mus­cle. It's not as nice as it sounds

Want bet­ter abs with­out mov­ing a mus­cle? Be care­ful what you wish for. Iso­met­ric train­ing – ba­si­cally, any­thing where you tense your mus­cles with­out mov­ing – can be more ef­fec­tive than sit-ups, but it’s no less chal­leng­ing. It’s been used for decades, and with good rea­son: ac­cord­ing to one Ger­man study, a sin­gle daily ef­fort of six sec­onds at a time in­creased strength 5% a week, and not just in the iso­met­ric po­si­tion but through­out the mus­cle’s en­tire range of mo­tion.

With all that in mind, al­low us to in­tro­duce the front lean­ing rest. This plank al­ter­na­tive adds shoul­der ten­sion to the clas­sic abs-builder’s list of re­quire­ments, turn­ing it into a bru­tal full-body move. It’ll add strength and size in all the right places – even if you’re beg­ging to go back to sit-ups af­ter two min­utes.

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