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5 Arnold Training Tips

5 Arnold Training Tips

Stop overcomplicating your workout routines. Here are 5 tried and true exercises that Arnold used to build himself into “The Oak”.

Incline-Board Reverse Crunch

Incline-Board Reverse Crunch

One of the best ways to train your abs is to hit them from many different angles using a variety of exercises. One of Arnold’s favorite lower-abdominal exercises was the reverse crunch on an incline bench. This advanced exercise is obviously more challenging than its cousin that’s done on the floor because of the incline board, which can be incrementally repositioned to more challenging positions that are steeper. To begin the movement, lie on the bench and grab either the top or sides to prevent your body from sliding down. With a slight bend at the knee and your feet just off the end of the bench, contract your abs to pull your knees over your chest. Lift your butt and lower back a bit off the bench to get a better contraction in the lower abs. Hold for a second and then slowly lower your legs back to the starting position. Make sure the movement is controlled on the way down, keeping the knees slightly bent to avoid lower-back strain.

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