I like to add the abdominal muscles into, as I like to call it, the “Stubborn Muscles” Category.
Along with the Forearms and Calves, they’re muscles that must take a heavy beating before they grow. You need to literally destroy your abs every day if you want “fast” results.
But why is that?
Why do those muscles that so long and such commitment to grow?
As most of you must know, those 3 muscle groups are activated constantly throughout our day.
Every time you take a single step, your calves are activated.
Every time you grab something with your hands, your forearms are activated.
And most of our movements while we’re standing up engage our abs.
So yeah, those muscles are used to some hard work. And If you don’t kick the living shit out of them, they won’t have any reason to grow.
Like good old Schwarzenegger says:
You have to shock the muscle.
If you haven’t seen Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Blueprint, I strongly advise you to do so:
It’s simple: The muscle won’t grow if it doesn’t need to. You have to push it to the limit.
So How Do I Destroy My Abs?
The solution for this is simple: Consistency and Variation.
“Consistent Action Creates Consistent Results”
And this why you must work on your abs every single day and even harder than you’re used to. Focusing on every movement.
If the only way you’re getting your ab training in is at the end of your workouts for 10 minutes, that’s not enough.
The core is the most important muscle group. That’s why it has that name.
It’s a fundamental supporter for every lift.
In every exercise or movement you do, you engage your abdominals. Which is why you need to be dedicating at least one full day just like you would for any other muscle group.
One full day of training just for your abdominals.
And don’t forget to include all angles and different approaches to your ab workouts. Do them on the ground, hanging, high intensity/high repetitions, isometrically, etc.
And vary your workouts.
Shock The Muscle
Use whatever equipment you have at your disposal. One of the cheapest and most effective ones I’ve used is the Ab Wheel
Just make sure you do the Ab Rollouts correctly because they put a lot of strain on your lower back if done incorrectly.
Or if you don’t have access to a gym but still want to try the most advanced stuff, the only thing you need is a home pull up bar.
You can do hanging leg raises, or one of my favorites: Windshield Wipers.
Use your imagination and be Creative.
Your training doesn’t have to be boring and repetitive.
There are endless awesome abdominal exercises you can do with only your bodyweight.
Why do you keep doing the same ones every week?
Have some fun and mix things up! Don’t let your body adapt to your workouts.
Don’t let it know what’s coming.
Destroy your abs.
I hope I’ve motivated you to put in some extra work on your abs. But as we all unfortunately know, this is just one of the pillars required to build an amazing physique.
The number one factor for having visible six-pack abs is still what happens in the kitchen.
Varied and hardcore workouts may give you super strong abdominals, but they’ll be safely covered behind a nice wall of fat.
So if you want to show off your hard earned abs, make sure you have a good diet and an overall healthy and unstressful lifestyle.