The perfect Six Pack is a waste of time

 

We spend hours crunching, isolating and focusing on that elusive six pack that most of us will never get and for the few amongst us who is lucky enough to show off their hours of hard work, the big question to ask yourself is this?

Is your CORE, functional, secure, stable and strong enough to not just handle your day to day tasks but also the demand you place on it while running, lifting, pushing, pulling and playing?

Unless your body fat percentage is 10% and below you are wasting your time doing hours and hours of needless

  • Sit ups
  • Crunches
  • Half Sits
  • Toe touches
  • Ankle touches
  • Plus many more abdominal exercises that is a waste of time.

The main function of the core muscles is to slow movement down, by doing hours of isolated abdominal exercises you adaptively shorten( reduce the length) your main abdominal muscle and this has a major knock on effect up and down your body.

Adaptively shortened abdominals can lead to the following

  1. Tight hip flexors
  2. Anterior rotation of the truck
  3. Thoracic spine kyphosis
  4. Lengthened hamstrings, calves and butt muscles
  5. Lack of performance and strength
  6. Back pain
  7. Injury

Let’s look at your Core (abs) as one all-inclusive structure. Front to back, side to side and top to bottom rather than the one athletically pleasing look we all focus on so much in front of the body – Six Pack.

If you want a flat, strong and toned middle section start thinking on a Global Training Scale. Training that is all inclusive where GRAVITY, SPEED, MASS and MOMENTUM comes into play. Think about exercises that involve you fighting gravity, slowing speed down using mass to your advantage and eliminating momentum to enhance your training.

The main function of your core is to slow down the momentum and movement you create during training, sport or your day to day activities, without this ability we will simply bent in two and snap in half.

Think about the following movements and the critical role your core as an all-inclusive structure play

  1. Tennis Serve
  2. Golf Swing
  3. Deadlift
  4. Direction changes during a rugby or football game
  5. Olympic Lifting
  6. The list of activities are endless

Without your core muscles( abdominals, oblique’s, back and butt muscles) plus many more all firing exactly at the right time slowing these big global moments down, becomes almost impossible and injury is just around the corner.

When you stand in the upright position or lying flat on your back your abs are not being influenced by gravity, speed, mass and momentum. By doing

  • Sit ups
  • Crunches
  • Half Sits
  • Toe touches
  • Ankle touches
  • Plus many more you are not creating the movement and motion need for your core to function in a functional way.

By the way gravity has no influence over you when you lie down.

5 Tips for increasing your core strength

  1. Pick heavy objects up
  2. Carry heavy objects around
  3. Make gravity your enemy
  4. Drive objects overhead and side to side using your arms as the main driving force
  5. Change direction and alter your speed throughout your training session.

Next time you are in the plank position add some arm, leg and hip drivers into your core plank workout and experience the difference!!!!