Incredible abs: almost every man secretly wants them, and most women wish they had a man with them. But they seem so completely impossible for the typical man to attain! Yet, the principles behind getting truly ripped abs aren’t as unobtainable as you’d think. By understanding the role balance has to play in the development of our core muscles, you can exercise relatively little to get a lot of ab growth.
The torso contains quite a lot of important muscles, but the visually obvious one that you’re thinking of when you think of ‘abs’ is the rectus abdominus. The job of this muscle isn’t to keep you upright, but to keep the spine bent forward when you want it bent. However, by making it more difficult to keep yourself balanced, you can put more pressure on your rectus abdominus.
Why would you want to do that? Because the more pressure you put on that muscle, the faster it grows, assuming a healthy fitness regimen. Crunches and situps are what you’re probably trying to get your abs ripped with… but it’s not working too well, is it? And that’s because those kinds of exercises don’t destabilize your balance enough to make your rectus abdominus work hard. To get that necessary destabilization, you need equipment.
This equipment can be as simple and cheap as an exercise ball, or it can be a fabulously expensive and efficient captain’s chair. There are several other machines for similar purposes that can all typically be found in any well-equipped gym. If you don’t want to buy these things, how about a gym or fitness club membership instead? The point with all these items is all the same: keep your body moving on a simple, basic series of movements as exercise while your primary stability is deprived of you. There’s no way to really work out your abs without forcing them to work out, by deliberately placing them in a situation that deprives them of their usual crutches.
This is obviously harder work than doing a few crunches in the morning every day. The advantages, however, are scientifically proven and objectively outweigh doing more exercise in a less efficient way. Especially when combined with just some light, basic fat-melting cardio, you’ll find that these techniques can give you wonderful abs quicker than you would have thought possible.
So get out there and give it a try, if you dare. Those dreams abs don’t have to remain a dream forever.
Dr. Michael Allen
Fitness Instructor & Fat Loss Factor Founder