Anyone see this show? Loved the first season, haven’t seen the second one (Spartacus).
It’s summer! And I’m guessing there are a lot of people who are dying to get rid of that last bit of winter blubber that’s just clinging on for dear life. Am I right?
Well, getting a six-pack and getting absolutely shredded is a topic that has been absolutely riddled with misinformation that has left people falling short of their goals for years.
Here’s a quick article that’ll help you get a six-pack by dispelling a few myths that might be holding you back.
Three 6-Pack Myths
1. Treat your abs like any other muscle.
Yes, treat your abs like any other muscle in the sense that you should add weight to your exercises. Some of the best abs exercises I’ve ever done are roll-outs with a weighted vest, and hanging sit-ups with a plate. I’m sore for days and I really notice my abs starting to pop-out.
But no, don’t treat your abs like any other muscle group by giving them the same kind of rest periods. Set-up 2-4 abs exercises after your training session, separate each only by 15-seconds of rest. Then move on to the next exercise. Complete 2-4 sets of each exercise.
Our abs don’t need as much rest as our other, larger muscle groups – especially when we’re leaning out. We’re trying to hit two birds with one stone in the sense that we’re trying to burn calories while building muscle.
Also, do abs every day. One day concentrate on your lower abdominal region. Then move to the upper, then focus on the obliques. Rotate through your 4-day a week training routine doing abs on each of those 4 days.
2. You have to count calories.
I don’t count calories. I did once, just to gain a sense of just how much I had to eat to gain lean muscle mass – holy crap it’s a lot! Most of the time I’m just maintaining, or losing a tad bit of fat. I’m not huge on bulking or leaning out, I’d rather just stay muscular and lean year-round.
That being said, if I am trying to lose fat. I still don’t count calories. I just focus the majority of my carbohydrates around my workout. The rest of the day is pretty much a low carb, high fat, and high protein-dominated day.
Protein takes more ‘energy’ from our bodies to break down into fuel. Thus, boosting our metabolism. Also, when carbs are surrounded around our training, they’re less likely to be stored as fats (especially in the evening).
3. You only have to work on your ‘outer abs’.
The abdominal muscles are split into a few groups, but one grouping is the transversus abdominis, the other is the rectus abdominis.
The rectus are the ‘abs’ or the one’s we see. These are the one’s we work on daily doing leg raises and crunches. But we should also be working on the transversus abdominis if we want a flat stomach with abs.
One of the best ways to do this is to suck your belly button to your spine when doing any exercise. But especially abs exercises, and heavier lifts like squats. This will work the muscles in our abs that ‘pull’ the abdominal muscle in and create a flat, muscular abdomen.
Check out this video made by a good friend of mine, Vince Del Monte:
Vince is a good friend of mine. And his multifaceted approach is a great way
to develop cover model abs. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts so enjoy the new video he just put live…
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