Abs Workout Videos

6 Pack Abs Workout DVDs, Cardio and Fat Burning Workouts, Fitness Videos

Not all ab workout video moves work for a bad back.

Abs workout videos love to blast away with sit ups, but that motion is particularly bad for the lower back, relying on muscles in the hips and compressing discs in the lower back. Try other ab routines, such as the bird dog in which you get on your hands and knees and extend one leg behind you, while keeping your back level and straight; raise the opposite arm for more of a challenge. A 6 pack abs workout for a bad back can include crunches, but they should be partial crunches, raising only the shoulders off the floor and being careful not to pull on your neck. (WebMD) (And don't forget to get cleared by your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen.) Also, fitness videos, such as INSANITY® by expert athlete Shaun T, can get you totally ripped without doing a single sit up or crunch.

Abs workout videos also like to have you struggling away on leg lifts, but you can modify those for your bad back by keeping one knee bent while raising the straight leg. A similar ab routine that is easier on your spine calls for you to raise one knee at a time to your chest, while lying on your back. Home workout videos, such as Tony Horton's P90X® and Shaun T's INSANITY, can help you with variations on leg lifts that are easier on your spine.

Inferior ab workout videos tend to avoid the power of isometric exercises because of the less exciting still poses, but isometrics are great for a bad back because they create resistance without a lot of movement. You can develop a 6 pack ab workout with variations on planks without ever bending or twisting. Advanced home workout videos, such as Tony Horton's P90X, demonstrate ab-building exercises, including wall squats that are good for the back.

Ab workout videos alone won't make your back feel better; a fat burning workout coupled with a nutrition plan will help you drop the excess weight putting strain on your spine. Beware of cardio workouts that have a lot of toe touches, putting strain on your ligaments. However, home workout videos, such as Chalene Johnson's TurboFire®, can teach you ways to build muscle, which protects and supports your spine, while helping to burn more calories, making you leaner, fitter, and more flexible, living a life of less pain.