The Truth About Training Abs

You always hear, “abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym” well that’s not true. Yes, your diet will determine whether or not your abs show without a shirt on, but core training separates amateur competitors from pro competitors period. Look at this picture of Steve Cook.

steve cook on Twitter: "Posing practice @UFCGYMHonolulu… "
If you can tell me with a straight face that his abs are made only in the kitchen then you’re dead wrong. As I said, the reason his abs are there in the first place is because of his diet of course. But do you see the definition of the obliques and the vascularity? That is a result of training abs probably 3-4 times a week. Overtraining abdominals is a very common situation with new bodybuilders and it is not hurting you, but it is not helping your abs look any better. The abdominals are just like any other muscle. They need a recovery period. Unlike big muscle groups such as pectorals and glutes, the abdominals won’t technically gain mass but will look a lot more defined and give you that shredded look that just dieting will not give you.

Down below is a video of a 10-minute ab circuit workout by Mike Thurston that I highly recommend doing, or just watching.

Technically if you are doing your main lifts such as squat, bench press, and deadlift with the proper form, you are also training your core. These are helping to strengthen your core but not really helping with definition. Please leave your thoughts down below in the comments, we would love to hear about them.

-Joey at DyeHard

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