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10 TRICK Abs Make the (Super)Man with Calisthenics

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Introduction: Abs Make the SuperMan

It’s reasonably funny once youplace confidence in it. Abs represent such a small part of our body… Yet, entire careers have been built around them. I’m not saying it’s the most solid foundation to base your future on, but where would Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark) be today if his midsection had looked like he was going to hibernate for the next six months rather than the shredded six-pack that landed him his Calvin Klein stunt? You really think he sold discs and got involved in movies at first because of his artistic talents? Plenty of actors and celebrities would still be pushing carts at Walmart if it wasn’t for their flawless physique.

I know, I’m not teaching you anything new… But some people would have you believe that this is a vain pursuit, that we shouldn’t bother because what really counts is what’s on the inside. To these fine ladies and gentlemen, I would simply say this: “C’MON! WAKE UP!”

Let’s be realistic here for a second. Let’s stop kidding ourselves, pretend like we’re above all this and mistake a lack of willpower for intellectual superiority! Getting washboard abs is as worthy a goal as say learning a new language. Period! It’s a challenge that will test your willpower and there’s no shame in admitting it sits

a top your to-do list! Just like with A.A., the first step is acceptance:

“Hello, my name is John and I’m a six-packoholic!”

One can be beautiful on the inside AND the outside! Have brains AND brawn!

However, if you’ve been struggling with your weight your entire life, if you forgot what your feet looked like because when you stare down all you see is your belly, it may seem like a faraway dream. Adestination so distant that it sounds almost impossible to reach; like winning the lottery or getting a date with Penelope Cruz. You’re ready to play the game but, deep inside, you don’t think you stand a chance.

That is about to change!

I will show you the step-by-step to losing the gut and getting the abs you’ve always wanted. No matter your starting point, you too can lean down and secure the shredded look that only seems feasible if you live in Hollywood.

But that’s not all! I will also show you the best exercises to strengthen your core and dramatically improve your health and athletic performances! If you still needed an excuse to start because you still subscribed to the “inside beauty” crap, there you go! You can feel relieved now. Training your abs will not only make you look like a stud; it will also greatly enhance your quality of life.

But what do I know anyway? Why should you listen to anything I have to say?

As I explained at length in my previous books, I was involved in a car accident when I was a teenager. I got run over as I was crossing the street and suffered multiple fractures and a concussion. It took me almost a whole year to recover and, during that time, I inflated like I was injecting my stomach full of synthol, which really messed with my self-confidence. At a time where we care a bit too much what our peers think of us, I was stuck with a good 30 pounds in excess. You can imagine how down and depressed I felt… But I never lost faith. I knew that even though the road ahead might be long, it was only a matter of time before I got to the end of it, IF I kept ploughing on.

And indeed, with much effort, trial and error, I eventually managed to lose most of that weight. I never reached the point where my abs were popping out or I could go shirtless without feeling a bit self-conscious, though. The truth is that I didn’t really know what I was doing. I succeeded despite my many mistakes, by sheer persistence. Now, that’s one way to go about it and slim down, but it sure ain’t the fastest or the most fun, is it?

To make matters worse, I wasn’t paying my core its due

respect. I thought that, because I was already working out and fitting in a few crunches here and there, I didn’t need to target it more specifically. To be completely honest, though it sounds stupid in retrospect, I thought my abdominals were in pretty good condition.

After all, with all the martial arts and bodyweight training I had done during my youth, how could it have been otherwise? I was bulletproof, right? Yeah, RIGHT!

Reality struck when I decided to try my hand at some Parkour. Young naive me registered for a free session and went with confidence, convinced that he would tear it up, American Ninja Warrior style… What I ended up tearing, though, wasn’t the s*** but my lower abdominals!

After we warmed up, prepped our joints and got ready to start, the coach set up a few workshops to practice some basic acrobatics.

I walked towards the front flip group. The move seemed easy enough: jump on the trampoline, tuck the knees, turn on yourself and land on the mat. Piece of cake!

On my first attempt, as I launched into the air and tried to bring my knees to my chest, I felt a sharp pain rise in my right side. It turned out that I had strained it! So much for the powerful abs! I got sidelined for two weeks and couldn’t move or train without wincing.

This taught me a valuable lesson: my abs were weaker
than a pinky finger and I couldn’t afford to neglect them anymore if I wanted to become as strong as I aimed to be. And so I started on another one of those quests that truly changed my life. I started experimenting, testing and refining core training techniques. When they didn’t work, I ditched them; when they provided results, I tweaked them.

Pretty soon, I saw an entire new world open to me. As my understanding of good nutrition also improved, my abs began to come out of their hiding. But, more importantly, I started experiencing a lot of great side-effects. You see, training your core is essential to reaching your full physical potential and becoming a true life superhero.

If you’ve read any of my previous books, you know I’m all about functionality. In fact, that’s what drove me to write the Real Life Superman series in the first place. To give you the most effective and actionable tips to not only pack on muscle and get stronger, but also to make you faster and more agile. To give you abilities that would serve you in your daily life and not just to show off at the beach.

I brought the same spirit to this guide. Here, I will share with you all I learned about getting the fat to disappear and forging powerful abs that will impact every other area of your life. You’ll come to see that, in the end, aesthetics and functionality are but two sides of the same coin.

Why Developing a Strong Core Is a Must Let’s talk physics for a few seconds now, shall we? Don’t worry, I’m not going to go all Friedmann on you and start dropping scary equations that’ll give you nightmares for days. I just want to talk about breaking points.

Answer me this: usually, where is any object at its weakest? When you bend a piece of wood and continue to increase the force gradually, what happens?

Any body is almost always at its weakest at the center… and the human body is no exception! If it’s frail at the middle, it will break like a twig when put under stress. As the speech communication goes, a sequenceis simply as robust as its weakest link . The core is the hinge of the body; it requires extra care and attention to ensure it keeps the entire chain strong, stable and healthy.

Working the core is an absolute prerequisite to achieving any of the more advanced bodyweight movements… but you don’t need to be involved with calisthenics to reap the rewards of specific abs training.

In fact, strengthening the abdominals has been shown to increase your performance in any field, whatever your hobbies or occupation. It can make you quicker or have you hit (with your fist or your foot) much harder.

How? Well, to return to the body-chain image we talked about, your core is the main link connecting the two extremities of your body which are your legs and your trunk. When you accomplish any task, from kicking a football to carrying a heavy bag, your abs will always get solicited at one point or another. Either directly, when the movement originates from your center, or indirectly as the force you’ve generated in your legs travels through your core to reach your hands (or vice versa.) Like when you’re throwing a fastball.

At the very least, your core will play a stabilizing role and avoid power leakage. In short, your abs are the basis and support from which any movement gains momentum. Keep them in poor condition and suffer the consequences!

If that wasn’t reason enough for you to start a core strengthening program, consider these other benefits:

Working your core will give you superior balance: by helping to stabilize your torso and limbs, stronger abs will increase your balance and also make you move and change directions much quicker (perfect for football players and other athletes who need to catch their opponents off balance);

Working your core will improve your breathing:

How? Well, to return to the body-chain image we talked
about, your core is the main link connecting the two extremities of your body which are your legs and your trunk. When you accomplish any task, from kicking a football to carrying a heavy bag, your abs will always get solicited at one point or another. Either directly, when the movement originates from your center, or indirectly as the force you’ve generated in your legs travels through your core to reach your hands (or vice versa.) Like when you’re throwing a fastball.

At the very least, your core will play a stabilizing role and avoid power leakage. In short, your abs are the basis and support from which any movement gains momentum. Keep them in poor condition and suffer the consequences!

If that wasn’t reason enough for you to start a core strengthening program, consider these other benefits:

Working your core will give you superior balance: by helping to stabilize your torso and limbs, stronger abs will increase your balance and also make you move and change directions much quicker (perfect for football players and other athletes who need to catch their opponents off balance);
Working your core will improve your breathing:specific core training will also reinforce your diaphragm which is critical to the breathing process. It will make every one of your inspirations much more deeper and effective. Thanks to a better oxygenation of your muscles and your brain, you will feel less stressed and more alert;
Working your core will boost your digestion: feeling a bit bloated or constipated lately? Train the abs! With the exercises we’ll see below, you will not only toughen up but lengthen your abdominals which, if they’re too short or stiff, can squeeze your internal organs and prevent proper food assimilation;
Working your core will enhance your posture: pretty self-explanatory. Since your abs help stabilize your back, improving their power and flexibility will go a long way towards acquiring the perfect posture;
Working your core will prevent back pain and limit injuries: a corollary to the previous point, better abs will also mean less risk of developing back ache as you’ll be standing straighter and your spine will get more support. For the same reason, you’ll benefit from extra protection against any shock, torsion or pressure you could sustain and that could result in an injury;
Working your core will make your bones much stronger: last but not least, much like with bodyweight training, by targeting your abs and
placing your bones under stress, you will make them stronger over time as the added pressure of the exercises will in turn increase their density.

As you can see, a lot of sweet benefits anyone looking to perform at his best would be foolish not to take advantage of!

But it’s easier said than done, right? Can you just lie down, do a couple sit-ups, and expect to look like Gerard Butler in the 300’s when you get up? You wish!

What’s for sure is that with all the crap we hear or read about in magazines, not to mention those late-night infomercials that never seem to run out of “miracle” products that sell for a premium and that promise to get you ripped while you sleep, it can get near impossible for the beginner to sort between truth and BS. To know exactly what to do and avoid like the plague.

In short, to trust in a program that’ll bring the desired results.

Don’t worry buddy, Markus is here to set the record straight! Like I did with my Real Life Superman series where I showed you my tried and true method to become more muscular and develop your mental fortitude, I will teach you the quickest and most effective way to turn your jelly belly

into a real piece of art, beautiful and extremely powerful!

You will learn how you too can turn this weakness of yours into one of your main strengths. So, if you’re ready, buckle up and let’s claim that superhero six-pack you’ve been waiting for!

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