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Q & A 1/24: What’s The Best Bodyweight Exercise For Abs?

By Alex On January 24, 2011 Under Q & A With Alex

QUESTION FROM A READER:

‘They’ve been training too hard, too long without any significant periods of rest in between.’ by significant period of rest. how long do u mean??

-Stanley

MY COMMENTS >>> Good question.

When I said “too long without any significant periods of rest in between”, I was referring to rest time between workouts and between training cycles.

Just in the short-term and long-term, you’ve been doing too much and your body doesn’t like it.

What happens is when you’re constantly training, your cortisol levels become chronically elevated.

That chronic elevation of cortisol causes all sorts of issues, a lack of motivation being one.

Even worse, that chronic elevation causes something called “negative feedback”, where your body actually begins to produce LESS cortisol than it should, which lets your immune system run wild and gives you chronically low-grade inflammation.

Needless to say, none of this is good.

And based on some researching I’ve been doing, people who suffer from this usually have low cortisol levels in the morning and higher ones at night, which sounds a lot like you and your question from last week.

The solution is to slow down on your training and other stressors in your life.

Get a piece of paper. Draw a line down the middle.

On one side, write down everything that makes you happy and feel better.

On the other side, write down everything that makes you feel worse.

Pick the most provocative ones on the “worse” side and get rid of those from your life.

Pick the best ones from the “happy” side and try and really focus on those.

Let me know what other questions you have about this boss.

QUESTION FROM A READER:

“Hey alex, just wondering in your opinion what is the best bodyweight exercise for abs?”

-Liam

MY COMMENTS >>> When you say abs, I’m assuming you mean for looks and not necessarily performance, in which case, I think hanging leg-raises and decline reverse crunches are both GREAT for vanity purposes.

A good workout program (like ANY of the ones you get Free Access to inside the Inner Circle) mixed with a good Paleo-esque diet, plus a healthy dose of those ab exercises above will do wonders for you.

If you were talking about performance, you need to train your abs in all of their prominent functions.

Planks (and weighted variations).

Med-Ball Woodchops

Pallof Presses

Decline Sit-Ups

BOOM.

And if YOU have any questions for next weeks Q & A, send them in here:

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Holler.

Alex

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