This Article is About
flat abs
external obliques
abdominal cavity
lower abdomen
abdominal muscles
stomach area
body shape
waist line
magic pill
pelvic area
The Truth About Flat Abs: Why It Might Be Harder To Get Them Than You Thought
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

The Truth About Flat Abs: Why it Might Be Harder to Get Them Than You Thought

If you listen to the infomercials and some rather shady "trainers" you can whittle your waist down to nothing and flatten your ab, no matter who you are or what you are working with. Never mind your personal body shape, they say! You can spot tone your abs, they claim. Flat abs is just a few weeks away and you only need this program, this supplement or this hundred dollar gadget. But, the claims are bogus and the magic pill is just never going to happen. And, your body shape as in its general structure is a reality and not one that you are going to change.

There are several factors that determine the shape and flatness of your abdominal area. While the amount of training you put in as well as your nutrition does have major influence, there are other factors that you have no real influence over at all. Your bones, genetics and the strength of the muscles in that area are all your reality no matter how much you want to work. A wider or square set pelvis will make for a wider, lower abdomen which in turn can make the pelvic area look less trim. But, that is only part of the issue that can change your abdominal appearance. The muscles of the core is also a very serious consideration to keep in mind.

Most people know that they have several muscle groups in their stomach area. These muscles make up the elusive "six pack" that people are battling for but they are not the only muscles that need to be trained. First, there are two sets of muscles along the side of the abdominal cavity that hold the waist in, making it appear narrow and trim compared to the hips and even in relation to the orientation of the rib cage. Those muscles, the internal and external obliques are also the muscles that are engaged during rotational motions and movements. The rectus abdominus are the paired muscles that run from your ribcage to your pelvis and allow the body to flex forward. The deepest of the abdominal muscles is the transversus abdominus which is the muscle that wraps around your waist line, to your back and helps to support the spine.

You can work your abs in one direction for hours on end but will never really flatten out the area like you want. You have to work all of the muscles of the core, including your hip flexors and you have to pay careful attention to your diet and even then you might not ever have the perfectly flat abs of fitness models.


Street Talk

what do you recommend for ab work?

Reply
  about 7 years ago

I love my hula hoop- its a five pound hoop and rocks. Also - abs are built in the kitchen. No matter how much you train them, if there is flab over them, you can't see them.

Reply
  about 7 years ago

I always wondered about the truth of this.

Reply
  about 7 years ago

Anyone who says that they can change your body type is pulling your leg. You can make your shape smaller and leaner but you can't change the trajectory and placement of your bones. I have a very narrow waist- always have. My sister, who was always thinner never had the same body shape- because of our pelvis, ribs, etc.

Reply
  about 7 years ago
You May Also Like
The Truth About Abs And Weight Loss
The older we get we begin to notice many physical changes taking place with our bodies. One of the most feared, besides those sags or wrinkles, is that abdominal fat and other excess weight. As we age it gets harder to work it off, it affects younger adults now too…
By: Denise Durband in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Dec 12, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

The Truth About Six Pack Abs
Foods and exercises to fight abdominal fat. There are many different programs available on the internet to help you improve your health and fitness. Some of them focus on your diet and other on work out exercises. I am going to introduce system that focus on both diet and exercises…
By: Ludvik Thorgeirsson in  Health and Fitness  >  Personal Training   Mar 27, 2011  
0
  Likes: 3

Great Way To Lose Belly Fat For Women - Secret 1
Okay, So you are probably thinking that you have tried tons of the techniques and tools out there that are supposed to make you lose stubborn abdominal fat. None have worked? And I am also positive that you have seen your fair share of ads and infomercials on all these…
By: Kenneth Shannon in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   May 10, 2012  
2
  Likes: 1

What Are the Best Ab Workouts Men Can Do?
Everyone wants to know the best ab workouts men and women can do. Men want the six pack abs. Women want a slim, flat belly. Luckily the same plan will achieve both results. The best ab workouts men can do are the same exercises women will do. First, it is…
By: Mark Fickler in  Health and Fitness  >  Exercise   Sep 14, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Training Abs - Truth
So you have tried all these ab workouts? Still have some belly or tummy fat that you just cant get rid of? You are thinking your body just isnt made for that flat tummy huh? Well, read here for the truth. The truth is that you are misinformed. You have…
By: Kenneth Shannon in  Health and Fitness  >  Exercise   Nov 28, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

The Truth Of Six Pack Abs: Cardio And Diet Routines
Before you try different exercising routines in order to get a wash board abdominal muscle, you need to make sure that you have done a quick and thorough research on the fundamentals of your goal and the truth of six pack abs. That is to guarantee that your chances of…
By: Charles4 in  Health and Fitness  >  Exercise   Apr 08, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Dangerous Ab Fat
Dangerous Ab Fat We all know that ab fat is pretty ugly and that it can be frustrating to try to get rid of, but lately it has been reported that ab fat is noy just ugly but a dangerous killer. Carl, 45, was a typical guy with a rather…
By: Paul Tooley in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Mar 10, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

The Dirty Truth About Canola Oil
In this blog post, I will be explaining about canola oil. short, Yes, it's true that canola oil is high in monounsaturates, but let me explain why canola oil is anything but "healthy". I will also be teaching you about canola oil I will also teach you important note on…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Must - know Factors That Influence Your Calorie Requirements
Must-Know Factors That Influence Your Calorie Requirements One of the top things that you need to make sure that you’re doing as you go about your weight-loss program is setting your calorie intake up properly. Those who don’t use the proper calorie intake are never going to see results, or…
By: Colin3 in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Simple Steps to Remove Visceral Belly Fat (the Deadliest Type)
If you are looking for a natural and easy way to lose weight and melt the visceral belly fat, you have come to the right place! More scientific studies and research have now shown that coconut oil not only burns visceral belly fat , but it also improves metabolic markers…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Buy Xenical Uk, A Weight Loss Pill, To Reduce Your Risk Of Disorders
When you are overweight or obese, your risk of developing a health disorder dramatically increases. In order to remove yourself from the danger zone, you need to change your lifestyle. At first, the battle with your weight will be a tough one. You may find yourself incapable of losing weight…
By: Joe Gardiner in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 06, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Buy Weight Loss Pills And Diet Pills
In this article, I will be explaining how to buy weight Loss Pills Safely . In short, It’s a good idea before buying any weight loss pills to check them out on the internet or talk to your pharmacist, try and stick with reputable or the more well known brands…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

Fast, Efficient Muscle Fitness: High Intensity Strength Training for Bulk Or Toning
Perhaps fitness is something you truly desire but have yet to truly achieve. It may be that you want to dedicate yourself to regular, vigorous exercise, but simply cannot find sufficient time in your schedule to spend doing lengthy workout routines. The result might be that you have been left…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 04, 2016  
0
  Likes: 1

Weight Training For Women
If you look at fitness magazines for women you will find a lot of suggestions for cardio routines, articles on toning certain body parts, and strength training using light dumbbells. The truth is that weight training for women should be just as men for full body health and fitness. Unfortunately…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 03, 2016  
2
  Likes: 1

Essential Fitness Plan
Staying Physically fit requires an essential fitness plan.This is much easier than most people would believe,in fact it could be one of the easiest activities you can do each day. Eat well, workout each day, and rest accordingly will help you stay at your highest level of fitness. Proper Eating…
By: Ervin in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1148    Report this Article