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Have you noticed that most people will never fail to include abdominal muscle exercises in their routines and yet somehow or other, they can never own that coveted 6 pack abs?

Have you been religiously doing your abdominal muscle exercises? Is your abs showing to your satisfaction? No? Why? Do you know that your abdominal muscle is one of the easiest muscles to build but yet why is it that most people have difficulty in developing that 6 pack abs?

Here is the truth. Those of you who are working out your abs regularly do probably own that much sought after six pack. Yes, you do. The only trouble is that your belly fat is covering them. Your abs will not show up well if you have a body fat ratio of more than 12%.

The more fat you burn off, the more defined your abs will be. You will own that rippling washboard abs when your body fat is 10% or less. So if you have fat on your belly, forget about abdominal exercises and burn off the fats first.

There is another reason why people put in so much effort to develop their abdominal muscle and yet their abs are not showing although they have low body fat. Again, there is a simple explanation. They are doing the wrong exercises and working out in bad form.

Let’s take for example the most common abs exercises, the sit up and the leg raisers. Everybody seem to be doing these two exercises not knowing that these exercises really don’t do much for their abs. Don’t believe me? Ok…try this. When you do your sit up or leg raisers, place your palms on your hip on the area connecting to your thigh and perform the exercises.

Tell me what did you feel? Ahhh….you are getting it. Those muscles there are doing most of the work. Those are your hip flexor muscles. Since your hip flexors are doing most of the work, how can you develop your abs effectively?

So you say, from now on I will do crunches instead. Well, I have another surprise for you. Most people perform their crunches wrongly too. Think about it. Why is the exercise called the “crunch”? It is because you must squeeze your abs so are that you are crunching them.

In order to squeeze your abs hard, you have to curl up like a prawn and breath out all the air in your lungs at the top position and then squeeeeeeeze the muscles so hard that you feel a burn. That will take a few seconds to crunch out all the air before you lower to the beginning position again. You can’t do this effectively if you just go up, down, up down, up down rhythmetically.

So, if you have been doing hundreds of crunches everyday with minimal result, now you know why. In fact, it is almost impossible for the average guy to do tens of properly performed crunches and not to say hundreds of them. The same squeezing principle applies to other abs exercises.

Ok, now that you know why your abs are not showing up well, so get on with burning your fats and perform your workout in correct form. You will then see your 6 pack abdominal muscle in no time.

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One of the major reasons that people work on their physical fitness is the importance that general fitness has in terms of performing well in sport. Someone can be technically gifted in a sport – skilled at passing a football, able to hit an excellent forehand in tennis or have superb accuracy when shooting a basketball. But when you lack the core fitness that professionals have, the technical ability is not enough.

Increasing your core fitness and strength will allow you to better showcase your sporting ability. If your tennis shots are particularly good, then adding strength in your core region (of which the abdominal muscles are a key part) will enable you to play those shots more often and more consistently. It will also allow you to put more power into shots and running.

The amount of work that you do to maintain fitness is reflected in the results that you get on the sporting field. There are players, and indeed even teams, who are well-known for being prodigiously skilful in short bursts, and starting matches particularly well, yet end up losing more often than not because they don’t have the ability to finish as well as they start.

If you build better abs, you will find that the final few minutes of the match go a lot better for you. You will be better able to maintain concentration because you will not be so tired. You will have better posture when it comes to taking a shot because your core strength allows you to stand upright. Better core strength makes you a better athlete.

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“Health” and “fitness” are two terms which are often used as though they were synonymous, when in reality they are not. However, the reason that they are used in this way is that they are influential upon one another. The healthier you are, the easier it is to stay fit, and the fitter you are the healthier you are likely to be.

This extends to getting the best abdominal muscles. Good abdominal muscles will provide better muscular support to every organ in the area and allow you to have a better level of digestive health. Not only that, but the benefits of doing the right exercise, eating well and taking the right supplements will also have an important effect on your general health.

Putting the work in to get the best abs is something worth doing for your own good, and it allows you to learn about yourself, find out more about your body and gain in strength and conditioning. Having good core strength is highly beneficial in terms of getting the right exercise for many other purposes. If you are strong in the abdominal muscle area it will help your endurance for general exercise.

The most important thing you can do if you want to be healthy is look after your body. The increased awareness that you will gain by working on your abs and monitoring the results will be of vital importance when it comes to increasing your general level of fitness, with positive results all round

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