Abs are not only about the washboard stomachs we have grown conform to seeing on the professional body-building stage. There’s a ton more to it then meets the eye. The actual anatomical make up involves the Rectus abdonomis, the external abdominal oblique muscles, serratus anterior and the internal abdominal oblique.
Most of us tend to train our abs as a finishing touch on our overall appearance but we forget the main function of the abdomens. The abdomens are in charge of allowing our bodies to bend forward and back as well as to the side. Their main function is keeping our posture but they also aid in keeping our body stable when taking part in different activities and naturally in both higher body and lower body lifts while iron pumping.
By absolutely understanding the functions of our abdomens we can then implement effective ways of training them. As you read earlier our abdomens allow us to “flex our trunks” or in other words bend forward. The best way to effectively teach them is to repeat this movement while in the gym. The rationale most bodybuilders train their abs is definitely to increase the general definition of the abs.
There are a number of ways to go about getting this. One idea is to eliminate the fat that covers the abdomens. This may be achieved through both dieting and cardiovascular activity. An alternate way to help define your abdomens is to do abdominal exercises intensely with awfully high repetitions. The explanation for this is that you do not need to add any unwanted mass to your abs.
Cardiovascular conditioning is easily the most important aspect used to help a body-builder achieve outlined abdomens. Bodybuilders use cardiovascular as a tool to help shed undesired fat. The key to effectively using cardio is to know exactly when to implement it into your routine. If you start doing it to early you may halt all the gains you are hopelessly attempting to make, but if done to late you won’t have enough time to get your abdomens in the shape required for competition. A good kick off point is about 11 weeks out from the competition. This will give you enough time to chop your body fat and water retention.
The most misunderstood and under exploited tool for body-builders looking to obtain shredded abs is definitely dieting.