Mission Visible Abs – At Any Age #2

Ab-Defining Strategies Are Extremely Difficult To Find

It’s not your fault that you don’t know how to get ripped abs quickly. Let’s get that clear before we go any further.

I know clients that have wasted hours and hours researching on the web finding contradicting information! No one really has the time to sort through thousands of web pages?

Now, while abdominal workouts are easy to find, so much of the abdominal strategies are the same re-hashed rubbish from back in the 80’s or promote exercise that work your hip flexors instead of your abs. In fact, you can do 500 situps and not really target your abs the way you want to.

Are your hip flexors taking over you ab exercises? It’s very possible….

Also, I’m guessing you haven’t spent over a decade studying physics, biomechanics, anatomy and exercise physiology like I have. Very few trainers know about this, because most of them get their info from simplistic training certifications or uninformed “gurus” who simply copy the next “guru”! It’s the blind following the blind and a big mistake.

Unless you fix this problem, you’ll be able to crank out 500 situps a day without a single one of them truly targeting your abs – which means you’ll have a sore lower back, poor posture and “ab development”.

WARNING: “Hip Flexor Dominant” Workouts Will RUIN Your Abs

Can you say for certain if your ab routine is focused on building your abs or your hip-flexors?

If you’re scratching your head wondering why your abs aren’t more developed or show more than it’s because the so-called ab exercises you’re following do not really work the abs at all. You’re following “conventional” ab exercises that are not primary abdominal exercises but instead work the iliopsoas muscles – the hip flexors. And remember, just because you feel a “burning” in your abs does NOT mean you’re working them, in most cases they are just acting as stabilizers!

Choosing exercises that make your abdominals act as a stabilizer instead of the prime mover results in bad lifting habits and as you know, bad habits die hard. The longer you do hip-flexor dominant exercises the harder it will be to target your abs precisely, which will prevent you from ever bringing out the full shape and separation of the abdominals.

In my Pilates sessions we complete series of exercises that target all core stabilisers and with a 3D approach use more muscles than most sessions.
Try out June challenge. – see how you get on!

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#2 Reason NEVER to do Crunches!

#2 STOP DOING CRUNCHES
Rock Hard Abs- at any age? Yes it is possible….
But probably not with the training you’re doing now

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Nerve damage is another potential consequence of too many crunches. The crunch movement puts an unhealthy strain on the back right at its weakest point, which coincidentally is the section that contains the most nerves.
Damage to this weak area of the spine can result in serious, chronic pain that can last a lifetime and inhibit mobility and flexibility.

I often meet well developed clients that find Core exercises almost impossible- in Yoga and Pilates your core works all the time to stabilise and support every movement you make. In my Fatloss Fitcamps core exercises are vital and effective part of sessions.

REASON #2: Nerve Damage is Another Potential Problem

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Your core is made up of much more than just abdominal muscles. It’s the connection between shoulders and pelvis, it stabilises and controls the many movements of your spine. It’s important to work and develop the complete core – your back, hips and chest and of course your BUTT.

Next post Reason #3 Avoid Spine Wear & Tear
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