Defining a Marvellous Midsection

Vince Gironda Frog Sit Ups

Vince Gironda Frog Sit Ups

Lie flat on your back and draw heels up under hips wide and out to sides like a frog. Now place hands with BarBell Plate behind the head.

Curl head down with chin to chest and shoulders rounding forward and body curling up until only small of back remains on the floor or table.

Remember, this is a roll up type of movement and not a stiff back set up.

Never do any more sets and reps on abdominal work than you would any other muscle you wish to develop.

Abdominal work does not reduce. Only nutrition and a workout with a minimum of rest between sets can reduce.

Abdominal Spot Reducing

Contrary to popular opinion, you cannot produce localized spot reduction by performing a few sets of sit-ups every day. Only nutritional dieting and high activity training with minimum rest periods will cause weight loss. Heart and lung function are very important to emulsify fat.

Because they obtain the best blood supply in the body, the abdominals do not have to be worked with dozens of sets of high reps every day. Simply work the abs using 8-12 reps with 4-5 sets per exercise.

Vince Gironda

How To Train Abdominals At Home

Vince, I do not have access to a gym as I live in the country and have no car. I do have a barbell and dumbbell set. I was wondering if you could give me exercises for my abs I can do at home. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Most ab exercises you can do in a gym can be done at home. Crunches are probably the single best exercise and you can do them on the floor.

Knee-ins can also be done on the floor or even on your bed The mattress makes it comfortable to do Knee pull-ins can be done seated on a chair or a bench. Abdominal vacuums can be done as well. Train your abs as you would any other muscle.

Reduce fat around your waist with diet but build the abs as you would any other muscle.

(Musclemag Magazine October 1988 )

Vince Gironda On Sit-Ups

Aside from causing lordosis, research has proven that leg raises and sit-ups are not effective as abdominal trimmers or developers.

I have always maintained that arching the back causes the work to be done by the back muscles (Psoas Major) rather than the abdominal muscles (Rectus Abdominus). Because an exercise is traditional does not mean that it is good. Many exercises were developed as far back as the 18th century. With no scientific knowledge behind them! They just seemed good for the particular muscle.

Toe raises, for instance, performed where you raise out on the toes instead of up on the big toe and ball of the foot with the heels coming together produce not only a bow-legged look, but stretches the structures of the feet and weakens the arches.

(IronMan Magazine Nov 1973 Vol. 33 No. 1)

Vince Gironda Low Abdo Special (The Hip Roll)

This exercise is best done with the back flat on a table plus the head and shoulders rolled forward and the hands flat on the table besides the hips.

Next step, cross your legs, as in the frog sit-up, and roll the hips and crossed legs back towards the chest. This flexibility of the hips and lower back takes practice. This movement also requires that you suck in your abdomen as you perform it.

(IronMan Magazine Nov 1973 Vol. 33 No. 1 and Musclemag Vol 2 issue 1)

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