A lot of people frequently talk about wanting a “six-pack” and wonder why we don’t do more abdominal isolation exercises. There is a big fallacy related to core training exercises. Isolation isn’t the way to properly train core muscles to their full potential. The body is constantly using the trunk muscles to keep the torso upright. During full body movements such as: squat, deadlift, press, and any olympic lift, the body recruits more abdominal muscles than any isolation exercises conventionally used. We are constantly training abs, you just don’t realize it.
Mark Rippetoe is one of the most respected strength coaches in the game. He has over 30 years of experience training world class lifters and his books are considered to be some of the best training related resources in the industry. He also has a legendary no frills attitude that closely mirrors my thoughts on training and life in general. He keeps things simple and calls it like he sees it. To sum things up, he’s basically the Ron Swanson of strength training.
Here is an excerpt from an article Mr. Rippetoe wrote on his website “Starting Strength”.
“Since the basic nature of correct ab function is isometric, the exercises in which the abs perform this function will provide exercises for the abs as well. This may seem childishly apparent, yet virtually every strength coach adds extra concentric/eccentric ab work to the program anyway. The thinking must be that just squatting, deadlifting, pressing, cleaning, snatching, chins, and barbell curls – all of which involve trunk stabilization as a critical performance component – do not provide sufficient ab work by themselves. I disagree.”
The full article can be found by clicking this link. http://startingstrength.com/index.php/site/article/abs#.Ukn1kBafczU
If you get a chance, anything he writes is pure gold, very straightforward and fun to read. Next time you wonder if crossfit can get you abs for your glorious selfie pics, you’ll know the answer.
Ask Jules to try this trick without using his abs.
40 seconds max wall ball (20/14)
rest 20 seconds
40 seconds max pull ups
rest 20 seconds
Posted by Tyler