Stop Doing Abs Like This! (SAVE A FRIEND)

  • Published: 09 June 2019
  • When it comes to doing abs, people every day are making some big ab workout mistakes that are making it take longer to see results. In this video, I’m going to show you the biggest ab training problems that I see and help you to fix how you do your ab exercises to get much more out of them. The best part is, the issues shown here can apply to almost every single ab exercise that you do, instantly making them work when you include them into your workouts.

    The first thing most people do wrong when it comes to training their abs is speeding through their reps. This is obviously something that people do on other lifts as well but it seems to be even more common on ab exercises. You get no points for finishing more reps of ab work. Instead, you get better results when the reps you do are high quality.

    This is something that we have mentioned many times before in our ab videos and that is, stop counting reps and instead make your reps count. Every rep should be initiated by the muscles of your core that you are trying to train instead of using momentum and assistance from every muscle but the one you want to develop.

    The next thing people mess up is the tendency to cut the range of motion short on all ab exercises. All you have to do is look at a standard floor crunch to see this in action. Most lift their shoulders off the ground at the very start of the exercise and then never put them back down again until the set is over. That isn’t correct. Instead, take every rep through its full available range of motion (which is already short in most ab exercises) and you will get more out of every set you do.

    Next is the incorporation of an incorrect breathing pattern on every repetition. It is generally accepted that when you exert yourself on a rep of an exercise you should exhale and breathe out. That is good. The issue comes with what you allow your abdomen or belly to do when you do this. You want to exhale your breathe but pull down on your belly and cinch it tightly to your spine via the contraction of the transverse abdominus muscle. So think not about blowing your belly out as you blow the air out but tightening the waistline as you blow the air out and you will get this right every time on every ab exercise.

    Next up is the tendency of people to skip oblique training for fear that it will give them a blocky waistline. This couldn’t be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, at higher body fat levels, the upper obliques are actually something that could still be visible and would contribute to a tapering effect of the torso. When the lower abdominal fat is lost over time, the development of the lower obliques is going to give you that much desired V taper that only comes from training the obliques.

    Finally, we can never talk about getting great looking abs without making sure you realize that your ab training begins outside the gym. Nutrition is and always will be the key to seeing your abs (or not). Start including some calf and jaw exercises into your workouts and I promise you’ll start to see the results of your ab exercises and workouts much sooner. Remember, no ab exercise by itself will ever hold the key to getting a ripped six pack. Only the right nutrition plan combined with smart training will.

    If you’re looking for a step by step meal plan to go along with your daily ab exercises, head to at the link below and start seeing what it’s like to train like an athlete.

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    ATHLEAN-X™   3 months back

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    • Massive Iron
      Massive Iron  3 months back

      ATHLEAN-X™ great video Jeff keep it up bro can we have washboard Wednesday again

    • Massive Iron
      Massive Iron  3 months back


    • Wetheuntitled
      Wetheuntitled  3 months back

      ATHLEAN-X™ thank you so much for being a 100% legit fitness YouTuber because i am starting to try and be healthy. And I say that I’m starting now because I just graduated high school and so now I have time to research and actually try to do the right things. I am going to be watching a lot more of your videos and I hope to go from being a fatty 18 year old who weighs 245lbs to a slim and muscly person weighing around 210-220

    • Bobby Flaherty
      Bobby Flaherty  3 months back

      @athlean-x can you do a video focused on the first responseders such as military, police, fire fighter, EMS

  • bmq34
    bmq34  2 days back

    Baba seviyorum seni ama bazen çok uzatıyorsun yaa :)) Ama yine de teşekkürler videoların için. Hadi gel dilimi bul. ;)

    • Moors Hound
      Moors Hound  7 days back

      eating to a plan is the hardest, what if you go out for a meal with family & the place does not have rice chicken & greens on the menu?

      • William Jones
        William Jones  1 weeks back

        FINDING THIS VIDEO HELPFUL? HUH? HUH? ARE YA? Yes, we know how to click the like button and sub.

        • skar_ angel_eyes
          skar_ angel_eyes  1 weeks back

          So for the breathing, do you exhale while you're sitting up?

          • A H M E D 0 6
            A H M E D 0 6  2 weeks back

            Just got back from the gym I worked on my abs today. I hope I didn't do anything wrong

            Alright im headed back

            • Razans Day
              Razans Day  2 weeks back

              I didn’t understand the breathing tip , can someone explain it for me ?

              • Kristofferson Bon Gurung

                Thank you man. Really appreciate it 😊

                • Erick Rosa
                  Erick Rosa  2 weeks back

                  One advice for not eating junk food, make sure to have something to eat before leaving to or from work

                  • Erick Rosa
                    Erick Rosa  2 weeks back

                    Next video: stop being alive

                    • N-WORD PASS
                      N-WORD PASS  2 weeks back

                      Me : *breathes*
                      Jeff : you're internally rotating your lungs

                      • Pxmp , Rodriguez
                        Pxmp , Rodriguez  2 weeks back

                        Thank you

                        • Ghoul Hoffmann
                          Ghoul Hoffmann  3 weeks back

                          That explains the floor crunch, because I didn't get my back to the ground

                          • Raas al Gul
                            Raas al Gul  3 weeks back

                            Your face is too much skinny and ugly too something for your face ...

                            • MKG boys
                              MKG boys  3 weeks back

                              I cannot do a lot of what Jeff shows because I have no bar to hang from🙁

                              • A S
                                A S  3 weeks back

                                You’ve got some beautiful abs

                                • Olha Stasiuk
                                  Olha Stasiuk  3 weeks back

                                  Could you please make more videos on women training to be lean ? 🙇

                                  • Michael Nivar Serrudo Bustos

                                    Nate diaz : everybody is on steroids (its joke☻)

                                    • Shoaib Aryan
                                      Shoaib Aryan  3 weeks back

                                      Hey Jeff It has been long time that I'm following you and learned lot of tips and instructions that I was just using them wrong, so thank you for that brother.

                                      • Victoria Calderon
                                        Victoria Calderon  3 weeks back

                                        Im glad I've being doing most of these rigth

                                        • Joshua Gatie
                                          Joshua Gatie  3 weeks back

                                          Thumbs up for the calf and jaw workouts lol

                                          • Hannah
                                            Hannah  3 weeks back

                                            Video: "Stop doing this!"
                                            Me: I don't know, it seems to be working for him. He's got abs...

                                            • Hero Chan
                                              Hero Chan  3 weeks back

                                              Thabks a lot Jeff...Really !!!

                                              • Umer Mudassir
                                                Umer Mudassir  3 weeks back

                                                How a beginner train his obliges

                                                • TK
                                                  TK  3 weeks back

                                                  This channel gives me anxiety attack but i will listen, learn, and implement.

                                                  • Will Wel
                                                    Will Wel  3 weeks back

                                                    On the crunch example. I would also say take your hands off of the back of your head so that you don't pull on your head. And your chin should be pointing up towards the ceiling not in towards your navel.

                                                    • Jacob Mulcahy-Miller
                                                      Jacob Mulcahy-Miller  3 weeks back


                                                      • Vince013093
                                                        Vince013093  3 weeks back

                                                        Came for an tips, found out I dont know how to breathe. Thanks Jeff!

                                                        • COD MOBILE official/BRAWNY

                                                          Big fan from INDIA !! COULD u teach us an exercise to decrease the love handles around waist !!

                                                          • The Outlaw
                                                            The Outlaw  3 weeks back

                                                            @COD MOBILE official/BRAWNY if you have any questions, feel free to ask me anytime

                                                          • The Outlaw
                                                            The Outlaw  3 weeks back

                                                            @COD MOBILE official/BRAWNY No problem, glad I could help!

                                                          • COD MOBILE official/BRAWNY
                                                            COD MOBILE official/BRAWNY  3 weeks back

                                                            @The Outlaw thnx for the suggestion !! I will do it ASAP

                                                          • The Outlaw
                                                            The Outlaw  3 weeks back

                                                            An exercise itself is not going to decrease the love handles. In order to get rid of love handles you must go on a diet. That means eating 250-500 calories less than your TDEE. You can calculate your TDEE by using an online TDEE Calculator or multiply your weight (in pounds) by the numbers 14-16. You can choose which number from 14-17 you want to use because it won't make a huge difference

                                                        • Andre Cruz Lordelo
                                                          Andre Cruz Lordelo  3 weeks back

                                                          Perfect video Jeff! You definitely right! Thanks!!

                                                          • KRISHNA AUTO AGENCY
                                                            KRISHNA AUTO AGENCY  3 weeks back


                                                            • Gabe
                                                              Gabe  4 weeks back

                                                              Lmao loved the calf comment. I do need to stop McDonalds!

                                                              • Mermer
                                                                Mermer  4 weeks back

                                                                I feel like I just got scolded for the nacho fires I ate last night 👀🤣

                                                                • CH-17 VEVO
                                                                  CH-17 VEVO  4 weeks back

                                                                  So what are the face pulls? I see so many comments about it. Anyone want to help a guy out?

                                                                  • Ryan M
                                                                    Ryan M  4 weeks back

                                                                    I always knew to squeeze in when I work my abs but this video just made me realize I’ve been holding that squeeze the entire time instead of just doing it when I exhale. I’ve been doing while inhaling too because I thought that’s what you were supposed to do. I’ve always wondered how anyone could possibly inhale enough oxygen... now I realize you on do it on the way up when you’re exhaling...

                                                                    • Dr Who
                                                                      Dr Who  4 weeks back

                                                                      me: *breathes*
                                                                      Jeff: Wrong!
                                                                      me: stops breathing
                                                                      Jeff: Alright now do 3 reps of that

                                                                      • Radmon Carrington
                                                                        Radmon Carrington  4 weeks back

                                                                        *stop doin this*
                                                                        give the example...
                                                                        also me: *why're you doin that*

                                                                        • luis patino
                                                                          luis patino  1 months back

                                                                          I’ve never had a gym partner so motivation was not that great at first. Jeff keeps me motivated! So glad I found these videos

                                                                          • afzar ali
                                                                            afzar ali  1 months back

                                                                            I don't care what exercise you do, make sure you "doing" them..

                                                                            • Aadrita Chatterjee
                                                                              Aadrita Chatterjee  1 months back


                                                                              • FIFA FRANTIC
                                                                                FIFA FRANTIC  1 months back

                                                                                Jeff: something I always hear is “don’t do your obliques. It’ll make you blocky”
                                                                                Me to whispering to myself: what the fuck is an oblique

                                                                                • Chris Brown
                                                                                  Chris Brown  1 months back

                                                                                  Love it, Thanks so much Jeff.

                                                                                  • Josue V
                                                                                    Josue V  1 months back

                                                                                    A perfeccionist person is never going to be satisfied.

                                                                                    • H O P E
                                                                                      H O P E  1 months back

                                                                                      You are good

                                                                                      • Musadiq Sayed
                                                                                        Musadiq Sayed  1 months back

                                                                                        I love the last tip

                                                                                        • Jun-Da Wee
                                                                                          Jun-Da Wee  1 months back

                                                                                          Me:trying to control my diet
                                                                                          Grandma: Don't you dare. NOW EAT!!!

                                                                                          • Daniel Ivanovici
                                                                                            Daniel Ivanovici  1 months back


                                                                                            • 1Me
                                                                                              1Me  1 months back

                                                                                              "Are you on Face book?"
                                                                                              Jeff: No I only do face pulls.


                                                                                              Edit: I do appreciate the good content (silly aside).