Your Ultimate Guide to Abs
Updated: Jul 10, 2021
Let's be honest. We all want at least some form of Ab definition. This definitive AB guide will answer everything! (Simplified)
To effectively work the abs we need to very briefly understand how they move and function
Well, at least a little bit!
Unfortunately just doing mindless crunches at the end of a training session just isn't going to cut I'm afraid
We need to know how to effectively work the whole core region and which exercises we should be doing to get the best results possible
I'll be honest, this post is pretty in-depth and quite advanced
But if you're serious about getting great results, let's read on!
WHAT ARE THE STOMACH MUSCLES?
Rectus Abdominus (Abs): These are the juicy ones you see on men on the front of the magazines. The 6-pack. These flex the spine.
Transverse Abdominus (TVA): Maybe you’ve heard the term in a Pilates class? These are the deep, trunk stabilisers. Strong TVA muscles will improve your posture and reduce lower back pain.
Internal & External Obliques: These are the horizontal lines you see on really lean people, located on the side of their bodies. These are the rotation muscles.
HOW DO WE WORK THEM ALL?
Later I'll share a super simple workout for you to add to your weekly routine, but first I want to quickly cover exactly how to work your stomach muscles.
When I'm running a Primal Bootcamp, I tend to end most sessions with some sort of core training
Usually for around 5-7 minutes before we start stretching down
I’d say 90% of the time I'm the first person to stop in agony grabbing my abs in pain
You see, it's common that most people can't really ever feel their abs working, or even, know how to properly engage their core
But why is this?
So there are a few reasons;
1. WE SIT A LOT
As a society, we sit. A LOT.
In fact, the average Brit sits for around 10 hours a day and that doesn't include sleeping!
We also drive more and lots of us sit at desks to work (like me right now) and then after a long day of working and commuting we slouch on the sofa in front of the TV
Sitting is very convenient, but it's not great for our health or ab