Abs Isolation – Line Of Force
This lesson is about building your abs and seeing them. They are different and most people apply their energy to the wrong goal. We talk about that in a little bit. But first let’s start with examples in kitchen utensils.
What does kitchen utensils have to do with abs training? As the public defendant asked the judge, “Some latitude please, I promise
it will all make sense.”
Ok. When was the last time you tried to cut a nice juicy steak or a piece of fruit with the flat side of the knife?
Never of course.
Well, why not?
Because, you know that the flat side of the knife doesn’t cut and even the edge of the knife does not cut well if it is dull.
When it comes to building six pack abs, often we try to use the flat side of the exercise and we wonder why it won’t work and even experienced fitness pros sometimes forget to sharpen the “exercise knife”.
To understand this better we need to look at the angle and distribution of force without getting too geeky on you. Simply put, your arms press so much fixed force down through the knife handle over to the knife blade. The knife edge has a small contact surface so all that force goes into cutting. The sharper the edge, the smaller the surface and more of the force goes into cutting.
Even with the sharpest knife if you press it directly down, it won’t cut well. You need to combine a diagonal movement, like back and forth sawing action, to focus all the force into almost a single effective cutting point of the sharp edge.
Two things really help you build your six pack abs fast, isolation and correct angle of force.
Isolation ab exercises are like using the sharp edge of the knife. They focus all your energy on a single point. That is when you move your breast bone towards your pelvis and vise versa. Exercises like crunches on an exercise ball or hanging reverse crunches are extremely effective. In our membership site, we teach our members how to make isolated exercises laser sharp, how exactly to isolate the specific abdominal muscles and remove all the necessary and wasteful movements.
Wasteful movements still take time but do not produce any results. Majority of wasteful movements are neck, shoulder and hip flexors.
There is a video link at the bottom of this page for a sample lesson.
Second, you need to apply the force where it counts. In standing ab crunch styles, the force of gravity runs from your head to your feet in the same line as your breast plate and your pelvis. This is not effective application. Some try to make this work and add a fun dance move to it by asking you to lean back. A little better but still not very effective.
When you lie down gravity pushes your upper body (breast plate) and your lower body (pelvis) towards the floor and away from each other. Any attempt to lift your breast plate or your pelvis off the floor and towards each other is encountered by the force of gravity and very very effective.
No wonder many people hate crunches. If done right, they are hard and they build your abs.
One final note.
Remember that the sharpest knife in the world cannot help you cook a simple meal like an omelet. For that you need some type of cooking pan. Why another lesson in cooking utensils?
To build your abs fast you need to pay close attention to isolation, line of force and correct abs building exercises. There are close to one hundred of them in our membership site.
But to see your abs, actually see your abs, you need to perform exercises that reduce the layers of fat over your abs. And all the crunches and isolation exercises in the world will not help you do that.
To reduce the layers of fat over your abs you need exercises that burn a lot of calories and exercises that burn a lot of fat. These two are not the same and I explain that in detail to our members.
Below is an exercise that according to an ACE study is 248% more effective than a regular crunch in building your abs. And we made it even more effective.
What can you expect from these one-on-one personal training videos. Watch the video below.
© Copyright – Vishy Dadsetan is a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) in Escondido, California with interests in spirituality, philosophy, writing and of course fitness. For Fat Burning Exercises or fat burning exercises visit his website at MyAbsTrainer.com