Shape your Abs, Core and Back with Andy's Assisted Workouts

Posted: Apr 17 2014

You may not train as hard as our favourite athletic blogger and fitness model Andy Wiseman, but as long as you eat well and train, then you are built for all Chess London athletic slim fit menswear.

Everybody has to start somewhere so if you are a beginner on the training circuit, then you're in the right place as we caught Andy in the gym. With summer just around the corner it’s time to banish those excuses and let Mr Wiseman shape your abs, core and back with these great assisted exercises to get you started.

Work the core and abs with Assisted Barbell Roll Outs.


Remember to keep your core tight and a good strong alignment through your back; using a band for assistance will help (leave your ego at the door and don’t be afraid of a little assistance - it’s just to get you started obviously!) As you roll forward, tension within the band will increase, holding your body weight and helping you to maintain control throughout.

  • Attach the band to the top of a squat rack or any secure object and wrap comfortably around your waist

  • Aim for 3 sets of 15

  • Reduce the difficulty even more by using a larger weighted barbell - this reduces your range of motion

Work the “pull” muscles in your body - back, biceps and forearms with Assisted Pull Ups.


Remember to clench your bum and keep your abs tight throughout, trying not to swing too much. Keep your shoulder blades pinched behind you throughout the movement and focus on pulling the bar down with your arms instead of your body up towards it.

  • Using bands of varying tension will help you decrease the resistance as you get stronger

  • Aim for 3 sets of 8

  • As soon as you can do 3 sets of 8 with assistance - you've been promoted and it's time to move down a resistance

Thanks Andy.

Now over to you...we’ll meet you at the squat rack!

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