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I want to get killer abs but no matter how much work I do on my midsection, it doesn’t seem to make any difference. I’m not at all overweight, but I would prefer it if my abs were more like a six pack and less like jelly. Any suggestions?
From diminutive gymnast Nastia Liukin to the towering Usain Bolt, Olympic athletes are the envy of the fitness world. Immaculate preparation means diamond-hard abs and you know those US sprinters never miss a lap of honor photo op.
The thing is, you will rarely see such divine specimens performing a sit up. Their coaches have known for years that curling your torso to your legs repeatedly does not activate the abs effectively, but instead relies heavily on the hip flexors, with legs, neck and abs playing a secondary role. If you do not believe me, google ‘Janda sit up’ but bear in mind that if you can perform a full curl on the first attempt then you are surely in the wrong job and should really be aiming for London 2012.
Abs are designed for short sharp bursts of large forces, both to stabilize the body or to transmit forces. Makes sense to train them this way, especially as we have known for a long time that high reps, low weight has minimal effect on tone or strength. Learn how to master a ‘Full-Contact Twist’, ‘Hanging Leg Raise’ or even a “Standing Broad Jump’ and you might still have a chance to sneak onto the podium.
Functional movements are the secret. Olympic Great, Cassius Clay “done wrestled with an alligator’ ‘done tussled with a whale’ when later training for George Foreman. There is no video evidence of this Youtube but he may well have ‘been chopping trees.’ Try as he might (and he did try), George could not knock the wind out of him. So if you want abs like Cassius had, you could get down to your local hardware store or (preferably) ditch the sit-ups and get working on the smarter functional moves.
Balance the Body, Burn the Fat is an extended smart phone or tablet app which tells you the most effective exercises. From the Makethisworkout stable and with knowledge of a highly experienced Exercise Physiologist (not a Personal Trainer), you can save yourself time, effort, money and injuries. It is a a focused training technique that uses science for perfect posture and maximum fat burning. Check out the trailer at http://www.makethisworkout.com.
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Jon Robinson is an experienced Exercise Physiologist (not a Personal Trainer) with many years experience. Balance the Body, Burn the Fat from Makethisworkout is an extended app that can be used with any smart phone or tablet. It is a focused training technique that uses science for perfect posture and maximum fat burning. Check out the trailer at http://www.makethisworkout.com.
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