Suck It Up, Buttercup?
Re: If your focus was to build the abdominal muscles, what exercises would you focus on and what time would you do them?
The best time to “shred” is from 9:00-11:00 a.m. (Spleen-Pancreas Time).
Shredded is bodybuilding lingo for well-defined with very low fat, along with synonyms like ripped, chiseled, sliced, torn, striated,
But the greatest obstacle to beach-ready V-taper and six-pack abs is the food we 21st Century humans stuff our faces with.
Central obesity is belly bloat, not belly fat.
Durk Pearson ate a high-calorie diet and exercised 30 seconds a day, achieving a 13 percent body fat level at the age of 37.
Sandy Shaw, coauthor of Life Extension with Durk Pearson, reduced her body fat with the same diet and exercising about three minutes a week.
Photos validating their physiques appear in Life Extension, pages 230-235, 654-655, 738-739, and 772-773.
Bear in mind that both Pearson and Shaw regarded DHA as toxic and pro-aging.
Unfortunately, although they must have been doing *something* right, they regarded growth hormone, L-arginine, L-ornithine, serotonin, niacin, BHT, HDL cholesterol, etc., as health and longevity promoters.
Having washboard abs and having strong abs are two entirely different things.
The leader of the pack when it comes to ab exercises is the Stomach Vacuum — sucking in the belly button to make it touch the spine.
It’s impossible, but it’s a good mental image to inspire a reasonable proximity.
“Suck it up, buttercup!” as drill sergeants and boy scout leaders used to yell decades before Arnold Schwarzenegger and Frank Zane repopularized the exercise.
It exercises the transverse abs, the deepest abs hardest to reach with other exercises like crunches and planks.
However, never forget, concave abs are created by the right food eaten at the right time for the right results.
The best way to flatten a tummy is by doing whatever it takes to avoid Yellow Fat Disease, something I’ve written about in numerous One Radio Network and Sun Sync Nutrition blog entries.