6 Reasons Your Abs WILL NEVER SHOW
You’ve been watching what your eating you’ve been doing crunches and you’ve been losing weight and body fat but you still can’t see your abs and it seems like no matter what you do you’ll never get those abs to show. But don’t lose hope even though this video has a pretty harsh title I’m here to help and to start we have to go over the six most common reasons why your abs aren’t showing. By learning the reasons and fixing the mistakes that I’m going to go over in this video you should be on your way to six pack abs in no time. But a big disclaimer is that you have to actually make the changes that I recommend you can’t just watch the video and hope that you get abs.
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So let’s jump right In, the first reason why your abs aren’t showing is because you’re not choosing a variety of exercises with a full range of motion, and you’re getting minimal negative contraction. It’s a common known fact that the negative portion of any movement is where the most muscular breakdown occurs. It’s also commonly known that in order for your muscles to grow and come back stronger you have to first effectively break those muscles down. Meaning if we want our ABS to show we should definitely Focus on the part of the movement that breaks down the most muscle which once again is the negative portion. The mistake that a lot of people are making is that they primarily focus on movements that only allow for minimal negative contraction because those movements can’t be done with a full range of motion.
Let me give you some examples to further drive this home. A Super common exercise is the crunch on the cable cross with a Rope where you sit on your knees and you have the Rope behind your head and you crunch down. Even though I admire this exercise because it’s actually weighted the angle that the weight is pulling on your abs is already problematic and on top of that you can only come up to neutral. I say the angle is problematic because you lose abdominal tension before you even come up to neutral. Meaning you have a very small negative range of motion and most of your work is done within a very short range. It would be like doing a bicep curl only going down to about sixty degrees rather than fully extending the elbows 180 degrees.
Lets look at another example crunches on the ground only allow you to move from a neutral position to your shoulder blades slightly elevated off the ground. Again very little range of motion especially in the negative aspect the most negative you can get is neutral. Leg raises on the floor have the same issue the floor will prevent you from giving your abs the stretch they can definitely use to grow. Also with regular leg raises the angle will again take tension off the abs except in limited ranges of motion. The plank is another example it’s simple an isometric contraction meaning no negative at all. To get around this problem focus primarily on doing far more effective exercises.
For example, during the declined sit up the angle is set up in such a way that the tension will not come off of your abs at any point so the negative portion starts at the top of your setup and continues all the way to the bottom because of the way the angle is set up. This allows you to open up your abs more and get more muscle breakdown. Same thing with a stability ball sit up you can curve your back around the ball allowing you to go past the point of neutral. Normally the floor would be the end of your movement during a regular crunch, but with the stability ball you have a longer negative range of motion. Another upgrade would be leg raises hanging from a bar or hanging off the edge of a bench. These exercises accomplish the same thing they give you more room to work the negative portion of the movement. I’m not saying to not do those other movements but your bread-and-butter should be exercised that allow a full range of motion and provide more negative tension like the decline sit up like hanging leg raises like stability ball sit-ups. And then sprinkling in the short range of motion exercises like crunches to help finish off your abs.
The next mistake you’re making is that your trying to get abs by just training your abs. Many of you have a layer of fat covering your abs, and as important as it is to build up the muscles to have them pop out it’s also equally important to burn off the layer of fat sitting on top of your abs. You’ll never burn off that layer of fat by doing crunches because there is no way to target fat burn.
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