SO HOW DO YOU GET WASHBOARD ABS?!?!?
This seems to be a very hot topic lately! Maybe because we have strayed from the basic fundamentals of working the abdominal muscles for the washboard look. Planks are wonderful and necessary for a strong “core”, especially if you do not lift heavy enough weights in your workouts to engage the core. So plank away but for crying out load, don’t think that is how you get the washboard six pack!!!!!!
Developing defined, rock like abs comes from hard work and a clean diet! The abdominal muscles are like any other muscle group in that they need to be built through resistance, contraction and then stripped of the fat layers that cover up this beautiful muscle group!
Exercises for the six pack: The function of the abdominal muscles is to bring the ribcage and the pelvis together. In any given abdominal exercise you are either bringing your rib cage to your pelvis (crunch) or bringing your pelvis to your rib cage (leg raise). Because a muscle grows more around the point at which it is contracted, it’s important to do both types of abdominal exercises. For that reason I like to do both a wide variety of crunches and leg raises in every abdominal workout.
Frequency: Training abs every other day is best as to allow for recovery. Training any muscle group causes micro trauma and inflammation, but the muscle responds by building new lean tissue which equals bigger and stronger muscles.
The abdominal muscles do recuperate faster than most other muscle groups. Therefore, you should train them three times a week or every other day for approximately 20 minutes.
Yes – you do want your abdominal muscles to be bigger, but that doesn’t mean that your stomach will stick out. It simply means that each “washboard” in the six pack is deeper making the grooves between each more defined. Depending on the exercise, if you can exceed 50 reps, add some weight and build those babies!!
Enjoy the life enhancing benefits from regular exercise!