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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Comments • 1 891

    ATHLEAN-X™   1 months back

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    • Massive Iron
      Massive Iron  3 weeks back

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

    • Massive Iron
      Massive Iron  4 weeks back


    • Wetheuntitled
      Wetheuntitled  1 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  1 months back

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

  • One Eyed Jack
    One Eyed Jack  22 hours back

    I’ve been hitting my abs hard for about 17 years and they look exactly like Jeff’s. Another great thing to remember: if it doesn’t’s not working. And I always felt that’s the problem with most people....they don’t want to ‘punish’ themselves. You gotta enjoy ‘the journey’ and watch those transfats and sugar....then everything will work out nicely. I’ve only done 6!!! type of ab exercises in all these years. If you don’t believe me you can check it at my Instagram. I recently had the courage to post some pics on there .-) Have a good one guys! P.S. You can DM me for tips. Nobody ever did but I’m always willing to help others who have questions.

    • Shadrik Walker
      Shadrik Walker  1 days back

      Well crap Jeff! What the hell can we do? First isolation curls, now we can't even do crunches?! I give up. I just give up. I'm going to go eat 12 donuts.

      • Apocalypse
        Apocalypse  2 days back

        6:05 DAMN RIGHT 👌😂

        • Sadat Shams
          Sadat Shams  2 days back

          This was quite informative. I actually was making a couple of the mistakes discussed here. Jeffery, you are awesome

          • Leih R
            Leih R  3 days back

            1. do not cut your reps short
            2. tighten your stomach
            3. dont skip obliques
            4.stop forgetting your jaw and calf work
            5. GO TO Eating Plan on 😁

            • Carlo Gambino
              Carlo Gambino  3 days back

              You know what blows my fudcun mind? There is not one video that I do not benefit from....

              • amin khalifa
                amin khalifa  4 days back

                Can you make a video on how much cardio shall we do? And what is the best method of cardio?

                • L. Thill
                  L. Thill  14 hours back

                  if you do just one set of Jeff's exercises the way he does, you'll be getting enough cardio.

              • TheJeremywaterman
                TheJeremywaterman  5 days back

                For someone that professes to be backed by science, my understanding of the current literature is that supplementing with Fish Oil provides no benefits. Remember that a single study doesn't prove something as complicated as such a statement. What studies are you referencing when you sell your Omega 3 supplements as backed by science? (love your channel by the way, and in no way does me saying this have it suggest that I dismiss other assertions and statements you make! I am loving what I see on Youtube and considering to make the plunge to a full program. My current personal trainer loves you and your channel too!)

                • Mav Eric
                  Mav Eric  5 days back

                  Great stuff (as always), BUT... I was told never to put hands behind head when doing crunch to avoid neck strain. In fact, crunches are FORBIDDEN due to neck risk. Is this true? Comments?

                  • YeeItsChris S
                    YeeItsChris S  2 days back

                    Mav Eric if you focus on contracting ONLY at your core then you should be ok. Sounds weird, but if you push your tongue against the roof of your mouth while doing crunches it also helps reduce neck strain.

                • Swayne Merchant
                  Swayne Merchant  6 days back


                  • Tony Stark
                    Tony Stark  1 weeks back

                    John Wick : *pulling the trigger on the AK47*
                    Jeff : *WRONG!!!*

                    • iKnney
                      iKnney  1 weeks back

                      quality over quantity

                      • Dana Uy
                        Dana Uy  2 weeks back

                        what do we care about?

                        high quality repetition!

                        • EIE
                          EIE  2 weeks back

                          I think a lot of people cut the range of motion of many exercises because they would struggle. The under and over hand pull ups are a fine example of this, you see some people all of the time doing half pull ups as soon as you tell them to drop down until elbows are nearly straight they struggle to pull up from such a dropped down position, it’s a case of looking good in the Gym rather than looking like your struggling when performing quality exercises. Good video, great advice and demos once again.

                          • Cyber man
                            Cyber man  2 weeks back

                            Jeff Caviliere : Michael Jackson of exercises (Perfect).

                            • Dimitri Lokhmatov
                              Dimitri Lokhmatov  2 weeks back

                              Hi Jeff, I have two questions for you...
                              1. How often should you do ab workouts...? Everyday, 3 times a week, etc?
                              2. What's the best way to get rid of Love-Handles...? Located lower back on the sides. Thanks!

                              • stupid cat
                                stupid cat  2 weeks back

                                He has made videos on them

                            • Jennifer Illescas
                              Jennifer Illescas  2 weeks back

                              Knowledgeable and hilarious!

                              • felix Nunez
                                felix Nunez  2 weeks back


                                • Paul Walnuts
                                  Paul Walnuts  3 weeks back

                                  Thanks! I’ve been doing most of this wrong and it shows

                                  • SGTSayz
                                    SGTSayz  3 weeks back

                                    I did 25 sloooooow push-ups and damn near died lol

                                    • Sakshi S
                                      Sakshi S  3 weeks back

                                      Can you please make a video on back pain while training abs?

                                      • Anthony Wilson
                                        Anthony Wilson  3 weeks back

                                        New subscriber eager to build rock hard muscular 8 pack. Saw Max True do 1000 sit ups. He was going for 3000 but his back got abrasions! His wife told him to show the camera. I think he could have thought about how to prevent this. BUT a friend wants me to train his abs to take lots of hard punches. He's thinks I have something to offer (former gymnast here). He's got an interesting background growing up doing fist fights. I'm 18 and he's 20. I'm now looking for abs exercises that build out the abdominal rows. He's serious about increasing his ability to take punches and have to admit I have fun helping him. But now want some knowledge. Tips would be great.

                                        • A G
                                          A G  3 weeks back

                                          I've got one question.. Is it possible to lose FAT -permanently- after 19-23? (Considering that I'm on a strict diet but I'm pretty inactive and also skinny fat.)
                                          BTW im a girl.

                                          • mojostevo
                                            mojostevo  3 weeks back

                                            Profession trainer makes a seven minute video with legit info, and weiners complain about a 15 second plug for his own damn company at the end and thumb the video down. SMH

                                            • Ely sion
                                              Ely sion  3 weeks back

                                              u r the best!

                                              • Jesper Nap
                                                Jesper Nap  3 weeks back

                                                no one: ...
                                                Absolutely no one: ...
                                                Jeff: WRONG!

                                                • Thomas
                                                  Thomas  3 weeks back

                                                  I find the nutritional part really hard. Such a fussy easter and we'll I just love eating junk it's hard to stop I've no motivation in that department.

                                                  • Dwayne Robare
                                                    Dwayne Robare  3 weeks back

                                                    Who are you fools with these ridiculous comments? Idiots.

                                                    • Subsistence
                                                      Subsistence  3 weeks back

                                                      Jeff, when are we going to fight?!

                                                      • On Cue Cancun
                                                        On Cue Cancun  3 weeks back

                                                        Will you do a special video regarding the breathing? Thank you

                                                        • CarrieSung
                                                          CarrieSung  3 weeks back

                                                          Thank you for saving me though providing all these practical reminders: 1.high quality rep. 2.full range movement 3.control breath (work deep into the transverse muscle)

                                                          • Sam G.
                                                            Sam G.  4 weeks back

                                                            4:45 Jeff is the only person i know who uses Photoshop to make himself look out of shape.

                                                            • DanyDud 3
                                                              DanyDud 3  4 weeks back

                                                              Me: steps onto a treadmill
                                                              Jeff: stop right there you’re doing it all wrong

                                                              • David Szeto
                                                                David Szeto  3 weeks back

                                                                STOP RIGHT THERE BRO SCIENCE SCUM

                                                            • Luis Francis
                                                              Luis Francis  4 weeks back

                                                              Damn, does Jeff dehydrate himself before these videos... Yes, indeed I'm hating!!!😖

                                                              • Vicki Ignaszak
                                                                Vicki Ignaszak  4 weeks back

                                                                I saw the alternating curl-ups in the thumbnail and got worried cause i love those. I'm glad you didn't end up just saying the exercise itself is bad, but I definitely need to focus more on slowing it down and not taking short cuts. I've developed bad habits cause I used to do "ab ripper p90x" in highschool strength class and it got me in the habit of rushing through every exercise. I've definitely had to unlearn some of the bad habits I developed back then.

                                                                • dusan dragovic
                                                                  dusan dragovic  4 weeks back

                                                                  Working calves to avoid McDonald's - crucial.

                                                                  • Sidhant Modi
                                                                    Sidhant Modi  4 weeks back

                                                                    Yeh it helped

                                                                    • Khanya. Nolz
                                                                      Khanya. Nolz  4 weeks back

                                                                      i'm eating KFC as I am watching this video God plz help me

                                                                      • Braincrusher tv
                                                                        Braincrusher tv  4 weeks back

                                                                        I stop doing so many stuffa i can do your program any more 🤷‍♂️ if i would know the half of them are excercisses you dont even aprove... no gues why i got injured 🤦‍♂️

                                                                        • Rohit Devadiga
                                                                          Rohit Devadiga  4 weeks back

                                                                          Jeff :
                                                                          Just stop doing this

                                                                          • Jewdo Master
                                                                            Jewdo Master  4 weeks back

                                                                            6:05 The YouTube Algorithm is getting pretty good,
                                                                            on the right of my screen.
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                                                                            • Frank Lopez
                                                                              Frank Lopez  3 weeks back

                                                                              What are you talking about 6:05? What did it do at that time?

                                                                          • igounfazed
                                                                            igounfazed  4 weeks back

                                                                            So, I watched this video, '', and I have heard that Arnold was known for symmetrical abs. And looking at the women in the video, I now see what they were talking about.

                                                                            *My question is: How do you avoid non-symmetrical / staggered abs?*

                                                                          • Demetrius Smiley II
                                                                            Demetrius Smiley II  4 weeks back

                                                                            3 sets of keeping your damn mouth shut! !! LOL! !!

                                                                            • Jackson yolobs
                                                                              Jackson yolobs  4 weeks back

                                                                              I still didn't get the breathing thing .. how can I not breath out while sticking my belly up ? should I inhale after coming up? so just reverse the inhale exhale order?

                                                                            • Dr. Zayas
                                                                              Dr. Zayas  4 weeks back

                                                                              The best iii last comment on nutrition even better.

                                                                              • Jesus Is Everything
                                                                                Jesus Is Everything  4 weeks back

                                                                                Breathing is killing our gains

                                                                                • Riasat Salmin  Sami
                                                                                  Riasat Salmin Sami  4 weeks back

                                                                                  My nama Jeff