The Pros and Cons of Abdominal Workouts

The Pros and Cons of Abdominal Workouts

If you want to flatten your abs and get a great workout you’re in luck. Check out the pros and cons of the top four abdominal workouts.

1.  Kickboxing
Pros: Front kicks, side kicks, and back kicks target the waist, hips, thighs, and buttocks.  Kickboxing will also get your heart rate up so you’ll burn a lot of calories and lose body fat for an appearance of a flat abdominal.
Cons: You’ll need to workout  a minimum of 30-45 min. three to four times per week to see results. You might get bored, so be sure to exercise with a friend and use upbeat tempo music or find a fun high energy kickboxing class.

2. Yoga
Pros: Many of the postures found in yoga use the core muscles.  Yoga also lengthens and defines the muscles for a lean long look. In addition you’ll feel more relaxed and at peace after taking a good yoga class.
Cons: The relaxing styles of yoga such as Hatha will not get your heart rate up so you will not notice your abdominals flattening as quickly as if you had taken a Vinyasa or power style yoga. Also you may have challenges finding an instructor you really connect with. Do not give up try a variety of classes and instructors until you find the right match.

3.  Zumba
Pros: Zumba is a really fun dancelike aerobic style class. In this high energy workout you’ll burn a ton of calories and lose weight. In addition many of the movements involve hip rolls which really target the core.

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