The Biggest Mistake in Modern Sports Training
The “Core” (Abs and Lower Back) making up approximately 1/3 of the body, we all know that. What we have missed in strength is training the abdominals of the core like any other body part . Why do we strength train ever other body part with heavy weights and NOT the abs? Are the muscles made up of some different fiber type? Do sports not really use the abdominals of the body to promote power like other muscle groups? Maybe we have been doing them wrong all these years. The Ab Mat changed all that. These are the question that hopefully will stay with you and give you some “food for thought” with this article and videos.
Everyone that has followed my writings on Abdominal muscles knows I have always questioned why these muscles, for some reason are treated any different than any other muscle. I asked Scott Howell, Phd. to do a search for me and this is what came up.
Fibre types in human abdominal muscles.
Häggmark T, Thorstensson A.
Histochemical muscle fibre composition was studied in biopsied from the four different muscles of the abdominal wall (rectus abdominis, RA, obliquus externus, OE, obliquus internus, OI, and transversus abdominis, Tr) in 13 normal human subjects (9 females and 4 males, age 24-55 years) undergoing gall-bladder surgery. Muscle fibres were classified as Type I, IIA, IIB or IIC on the basis of their myofibrillar ATPases’ pH lability. There were large inter-individual variations in fibre composition, whereas, in general, the differences between the different muscles were minor or non-existent. Mean fibre distribution ranges were 55-58% I, 15-23% 22A, 21-28% IIB, and 0-1% II C fibres. The least fibre diameters were similar for all types and muscles (range of means 50-54 micrometer) except for Tr in which the Type II fibres were smaller (mean 45 micrometer). There was a high correlation in the size of Type I vs. II fibres and Type IIA vs. IIB fibres in all layers. The oxidative potential (NADH-diaphorase staining intensity) appeared high in Type I fibres and low in Type II fibres, irrespective of subgroups. Thus, based on histochemical fibre composition, the different abdominal muscles appear to have a similar functional capacity. However, functional differences between individuals were indicated by the large inter-individual variation in muscle fibre distribution.
I always laugh when I see people talking about strength training for the abs. Why you ask? For some reason they think the abdominal muscles are made of a different muscle than every other muscle in the body. Maybe you have fast twitch-slow twitch and abominal twitch. Here are two videos that should make you think abut what you have missed by all this fancy abdominal training the media feeds you.
First, I would like to thank you for purchasing our book “Abdominal Training, Myths Debunked”. I thought I would give you a free sample of how we do the training programs for the abdominals for our Athletes and Fitness people here in my world. I hope you Enjoy the Free Trial.
This just had to be the first place I made the announcement , finally, the release of the ab book myself and my co-author Robert K Blom PT, have been working with for 15 years. This seems to be the best place to give a little history on the writing of the book and the history around the the invention of the ab mat, a simple tool that is and will revolutionize abdominal training which really was the inspiration for the book. The Book “Abdominal Training”, Myths Debunked.
Watch here as a 50 kilo female skiier does sit-ups with 45 kilos for reps and then ask yourself what are the possibilities when you learn what true “strength training for the abdominals” really is.
Crunches are bullshit………..That’s right bullshit…….do all the reps you want and you will never get abs, that is 95% guaranteed. Gimmicks, Gimmicks, Gimmicks, what is the latest gimmick that is how you ask what is “in” for abdominal training.
During one of my what’s new days I came across this 3D program that you just have to see what the real future of fitness and sports animation is going to be.
They even showed me what they could do with the new abdominal concepts I talk about with the ab mat.