This is the truth… You may be wasting your time using worthless ineffective exercises… And worst of all you could even get injured in the process!!
I’m talking about poor ab training. You see most people don’t have any ide how to train their abs. In fact 99% of people are targeting the wrong muscles when they workout. Let me explain…
The muscles that everyone knows about and desires to be seen with are the rectus abdominus, those flat rippled muscles that dawn every beach body on TV. The problem with traditional ab workouts isn’t that they don’t affect the rectus abdominus because they in fact do.
Many years ago when I set out on my own journey to reveal my 6 pack I fell for the myth that 1,000 crunches was all you had to do, and let me tell you the first few times I performed this routine I was sore as can be. The problem wasn’t that the muscles weren’t being worked the problem was that I was working the wrong muscles!!!!!
Wrong Muscles, Huhhhhh, then what the heck are we supposed to do?
There is a group of muscles that surround the abdomen much like a corset whose sole responsibility is to stabilize the spine and core during phases of movement. The reason why these muscles are so important is because they are essentially the ones the give your stomach that flat appearance. (I didn’t tell you earlier but one of the women from the story in the beginning, even though doing 1,000 crunches daily, and having a relatively low body fat had a case of the dreaded paunch belly).
We all know someone who has a relatively low body fat percentage but seems to still have that little beer gut even if they don’t drink beer or are constantly spending hours in the gym. Why is this? Well, one of the reasons is because they have the dysfunction of those deep abdominal muscles not doing their job right!!
So how do we target these mystical muscles that rapidly flatten and tone our midsection? Again we turn towards functional movements.
One of the best ways to target these deep core muscles and quickly tone our midsection is to use exercises that cause the core to fire as a stabilizer rather than a mover. Thankfully, this is easier done than said.
One simple exercise that you can do is a elbow plank on a swiss ball. You are instantly going to feel all of the stabilizers of the inner unit work hard to support your body in the plank and keep the spine protected. Remember to keep your core tight and your lungs filled with air to keep you extra safe and give you more bang for your buck!
How about another exercise? The best way to learn this control is by using the alternating lying leg raise. Lie down on your back and keeping your lower back glued to the ground lower one leg at a time and alternate sides slowly. This will help correct any unilateral imbalance in your deep core muscles.
There are of course even more effective exercises that will help you to fire these deep abdominal muscles and get you one step closer to your washboard stomach. Many of them modeled after the best gymnastic and functional training routines for developing not only awesome abs, but an injury proof, super strong core!!
To Your Success,
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