One of the most commonly noted things (as well as commonly asked questions) when it comes to elite level athletes is this – – how did they get that incredibly well developed midsection a.k.a. the “six pack”.
And almost as soon as the question is asked, the answers start to roll in …
“Because they’re athletes” is the most common answer we all hear, and upon probing a bit more …
“Well, they work out a lot”.
“Their sport is what has made them get those abs and shoulders!”
“They burn a tremendous amount of calories both during training and actual “game time””.
And so forth (and of course, all the rot about “their good genetics” – – a pathetic cop out if there ever was one).
While all of this is true, it obscures the MAIN reason that these athletes have the incredibly well developed, functional and POWERFUL midsections they do.
And the reason is this – the HIPS and CORE are what these athletes train the most – BOTH for their sport specific movements, and in general.
Swimmers, famous for having 12 packs and more initiate that flutter kick from the hips as opposed to the legs, and the CORE is what provides the power and impetus to swim for long periods.
Contrary to what most people think, boxers don’t get the punching power they have purely from the arms. Sure, the arms play a role, but the main power comes from hip rotation and weight transfer through the ABS and CORE – – and THIS sort of repetitive striking gives the entire core a tremendous workout – far, far superior to anything you’d get at the average gym doing “bunny crunches” as it were.
I should know – – I’ve been hitting the heavy bag a lot since I’ve been back here, and my lats have already widened a lot – – and bear in mind, other than training with an even thicker bar than I do normally (or did back in China), I have not made ONE single change to my pull-up routine.
Not only that, I’m getting a firmer feel – – and look — to an already trim and firm midsection.
And speaking of pull-ups – – the right way to do them is to activate the lats when doing ’em – – as opposed to “pulling with the arms” (bad mistake) or “kipping” (to be avoided at all costs!).
Proper pull-up form is mentioned in my course on pull-ups available right here – – http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/ and while pull-ups done this way will give you abs of steel and a rock solid upper body, there’s MORE, my friend.
There’s more – – believe it or not, a SMALL tweak to how you do the pull-ups make ALL the difference in terms of how heavily you work the core – – and this small change has been covered in detail in my advanced course on pull-ups available right here – – http://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-stud-to-super-stud-within-weeks/
The above two courses are a must grab if you’re interested in building pull-up power – – or a strong, “ripped” midsection – – or just looking to get a super upper body workout in minimal time.
OK, my friend – that’s it for now. I’m off for a shower!
P.S. – Here is what a customer (who was struggling BIG time with pull-ups before approaching me) had to say about the initial course on pull-ups – –
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