Why You Need To Shred Your Abs And Not Your ‘Other’ Muscles To Get Noticed

June 25, 2010 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

 

Your abs are a part of your core muscles and there are solid reasons to why you need to build a strong core, which I’ll discuss shortly. But first

The Visual Advantage Of Having Great Looking Abs

You see, it’s very easy to pass off average looking muscles as ‘great’ looking muscles when you wear tank tops, loose vests or even wife beaters. But once you take that shirt off, that muscle man image may just disappear!

What was once your stand out point (Bulky arms, shoulders) will now become less of a focus point to outsiders.

It will now be a weak excuse of what you have been calling ‘muscle’ because your non existent 6 pac will catch the eyes of many, taking the attention away from your so call ‘great’ looking muscles… when fully clothed. 😉

How do I know this?

Because I come from the school of the opposite scenario.

  • A naturally strong core and abs but weaker looking tri’s/ bi’s and back.

Yes, I would get looks from people when I wear a vest, because my unique selling point was and still is from being cut/ deep soft cuts. But I always have and probably always will get most of my attention from the abs that I have built. And I can tell you now…

= Constant stares.

And constant stares is what you want when you strip down on the beach… right?

And it’s because of this why I would now say to place a strong focus on building your core muscles, not just your abs.

Now, don’t misinterpret the point I’m trying to make here. There is more to having strong abs than just many eyes from gals and guys on the beach!

The Body Benefit Of Building A Strong Core

Now, the core isn’t just made up of abdominal muscles, better known as Rectus Abdominis. It is made of,

  • Erector Spinae
  • Multifidus
  • External Obliques
  • Internal Obliques
  • Transverse Abdominals
  • Hip Flexors

And the benefits of having a strong core

  1. It is the foundation of your bodies strength as all powerful movements are performed from the center of the body outwards.
  2. Will improve your posture and prevent injuries (It will save your back dammit)
  3. Helps develop functional strength (Yes, that mighty strength I religiously speak about and what your fat bodybuilder buddies probably lack)

Remember To Dispel The Myth

This summer you will have to perform an endless amount of crunches and sit ups in order to build a 6 pac.

……….. NONSENSE!!

#1

The reason why I have been able to maintain my 6 Pac without even doing a single sit up again, is because I have incorporated exercises into my workout routine, which recruit all of the muscle fibers of the body that hit deep within the muscle tissue. And this also vital for removing that annoying layer of fat that sits in the lower part of your stomach.

Read these posts for the exercises:

6 Non-crunch Bodybuilding Six Pack Exercises

The Best Exercises To Work Lower Abs

And even more in the ebook

#2

The second important thing you will need to do is to focus on a low caloric diet. Even someone like myself (Born hardgainer) has to watch their diet if building a 6 pac is the goal (Something that I’m currently doing. Check out the new goal 8 pac progress picture here and here.

Why?

Because the fat will just build up, keep coming back and just sit there.

Now I don’t expect you to scale back on building your muscles, just in order to rip your abs to shreds. No, no, no! But what you should do is focus on eating the right foods for your abs.

And here is that super list again

1. Almonds and nuts (Eat the skins too)

2. Beans and legumes

3. Spinach and green vegetables

4. Dairy products (Fat-free/ Low fat milk, yogurt and cheese)

5. Instant Oatmeal (No sugar and no flavours)

6. Eggs

7. Turkey and other lean meats

8. Peanut butter

9. Olive oil

10. Whole-grain bread and cereals

11. Whey Powder

12. Berries

Click here for the detailed version.

So as you can see, there is more to building great abs than meets the eye. A lot more I should say. But do the above and great things will follow. Especially in that lower part of your stomach!

See you in the comments.

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