If you want to get v-cut lower abs but you just can’t figure out how to do it, you will definitely want to watch this video. I’m going to give you the no b.s. hard science on how to effectively develop the muscles of the abdominal region to make your lower abs more visible with a prominent v line. Some will tell you that this is genetic and you either have it or you don’t, they simply don’t understand anatomy and are doing you a disservice by making you watch their videos.
Here’s the truth. The first thing that you will need to do beyond anything else is get your body fat levels down. For men, this is particularly important since the area that tends to be the most stubborn, where body fat accumulation is the last to come off when leaning up, is the lower abdominal region. This means, no short term diet or nutrient restriction is going to get you the v-cut abs you’re looking for.
You’re going to have to dedicate yourself to a proper nutrition plan for awhile in order to get lean enough to see a difference. That said, there are ways to make this a lot easier than it has been for you up to this point. The first is in a video that I will link at the end of this one where I show you how to lose weight and body fat without having to count calories. It has to do with utilizing your own plate for dividing up your food in a way that takes the complexity out of getting ripped.
That said, there is some encouraging news as well. You don’t have to wait until you get low body fat to start seeing the benefits of your hard work. Because men tend to drop body fat from their upper abdominal region first and due to the fact that the obliques are muscles that run all the way from the ribcage, you will be able to see their development even at higher body fat levels. The exercise I’m going to show you is going to help you to target the obliques as will many others on this channel.
When it comes to the obliques, there are two separate muscles. The internal obliques (which are deeper and further from the surface) and the external obliques. These muscles actually run perpendicular to each other and serve two entirely different functions. The external obliques insert onto the iliac crest and have a tendinous sheath that blends into this attachment called the aponeurosis. This is the “v’” cut line that you are familiar with in the lower ab region.
The internal oblique has fibers that run perpendicular to the v-cut line. They too have a shared tendinous sheath that feeds directly into the thickening and also share a common connection with the deepest of the abdominal muscles – the transverse abdominis. We know that when we can transmit force through a muscle and it’s fibers that we can also relay this into the fascia and tendinous attachment of this muscle to the bone.
With the three steps shown here we can maximally activate and contract this area known as the v-cut line. First you want to flatten the belly by contracting the transverse and bringing your belly button closer to your spine. Next, you want to posteriorly tilt your pelvis and activate the rectus abdominis from the top. Finally, rotation to the same side that you are trying to contract is going to recruit the internal oblique the hardest. Do this three step combo and you will feel a contraction in this area like never before.
Continue to train this muscle 3-5 times per week at the end of your other ab training and workouts and you will get much more neuromuscular control of it. It won’t take long, when combined with a solid nutrition plan, to start seeing the development of this often times neglected area.
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