Forget the highly coveted six pack. Bodybuilder Brad Borland presents three intense abdominal workouts that will help you build a thick 8 pack.
Let’s face it; having to read about another abs workout program is like trying to get excited about going to the dentist. Both sometimes seem to be more of a chore than finding anything remotely fun. And to make matters even worse, performing and maintaining a genuine abs routine is like buying new tires; not something you really like to spend your time or money on but you know deep down they will improve performance.
A necessary evil? Yes, but let’s change that!
Sure, diet is paramount when it comes to developing great abs for all to see, but you mustn’t forgo a solid and effective ab program to reap the maximum benefits from your efforts. It’s time to stop throwing in a few sets of crunches at the end of a workout with empty hopes that one day your eight pack will suddenly reveal itself through pitiful focus.
Stop kidding yourself. Draw a line in the sand and stop wasting time and energy spinning your wheels and adhere to a sound and effective plan of attack to boost gains for not only vanity reasons but also increase performance residually through other lifts. A solid core can be a key factor regarding strength providing improved balance and shoring up weak midsection stability during big lifts.
In short, a stronger core equals stronger squats, deadlifts and bench presses. Everything (power, strength, stability) is first derived from our core. If this area gets its due attention we have no choice but to reap reward in its execution. A tight, strong midsection creates whole-body strength and who would pass that up?
What makes up the abs?
The muscles of the abdominals comprise of several areas that flex, extend, twist and stabilize the trunk area. They sit on the front sides of the lower torso originating along the ribcage and attaching along the pelvis. Below is a quick look at each muscle and its function.
Rectus Abdominus: This is the coveted “six-pack” muscle – although it has more than six heads. This muscle flexes the spine and brings the ribcage and pelvis closer together.
Transverse Abdominus: This muscle is a deep muscle of the core which lies beneath the other muscles that is essential for trunk stability.
Internal and External Obliques: These are diagonal muscles that work to rotate the torso and stabilize the abdomen.