Uneven abs?

Uneven abs?

In the fitness world, almost everyone strives to develop and reveal a shredded six pack. Having a great set of abdominal muscles that are visible is considered to be one of hardest and most sought after fitness goals. No matter what overpriced programs will try to sell you, revealing those abs only requires one true thing: discipline. It requires dedication to a solid nutrition plan and workout regimen. Being muscular and having a huge chest and arms is one thing, but having abs that aren’t covered in pounds of flab, helps to create an even more impressive respectable physique.

But what if you’re body fat is really low to the point where you can see the abdominal muscles and your abs aren’t perfectly lined up like the ones you see in the bodybuilding magazines? What if your abdominal muscles are staggered or not proportionate in size? Is there a way to correct uneven abs?

I’m going to start off by saying this:

If you have uneven abs that don’t line up perfectly (left side being higher or lower than right or vice versa), there isn’t really anything you can do about it.

Many pro bodybuilders also have this problem and it doesn’t stop them from winning bodybuilding competitions. This is pretty much how your muscles were genetically programmed to be. It will not matter what ab exercises you do, or how much emphasis you place on one side of the other when training, there’s a good chance the abdominal muscles will not align. Muscles can only grow bigger or decrease in size. You cannot reshape or move muscles to where you want them to be.

On the other hand, if your upper abdominal muscles are bigger than your lower abdominal muscles (or the other way around) that problem you can fix. 21dayshred_mainThis is a simple muscular imbalance that can be corrected by focusing on the upper and lower portion of the abs during your workout. To work out the upper portion of the abs, kneeling rope crunches, and decline crunches are by far the most effective exercises. The exercises that target the lower abs the best are: hanging knee raises, hanging leg raises and reverse crunches.  Many people do not have this problem though, as the abs as a whole (upper and lower) are both firing at the same time to perform the movements. That being said, it’ s not uncommon to have top or bottom more developed than the other.

There is also another instance where one side of the abdominals is bigger than the other side. This is usually due to one side taking a majority of the stress load while performing the exercises. If you’re anything like me, your dominant side takes over for a lot of the exercises that you perform in the gym. I have to take extra caution and care when performing exercises, whether it’s rows, pressing, or curling movements, because my dominant side tends to do a lot more if I don’t focus on proper form. Just like any other exercise, taking the time to perform the exercises with a controlled, strict form is the best way to prevent this problem when both sides are working in unison.

This is pretty much it for this article. Most people usually only complain about having staggered abs, and like I said, there is no way around that. The human body is never completely symmetrical and if you are lucky enough to have abs that do line up, myself, and I’m sure tons of other people envy you. There is nothing wrong with having abs that don’t line up either, it’s very common and as long as you have low body fat, to the point where you’ve got a full six pack going on,  I’m sure not a lot of people will notice your abs being offset. See you in the next article!

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John considers himself as a fitness enthusiast who loves to do anything to keep the body in peak physical performance (much like a highly tuned machine). He mainly focuses on sports nutrition and supplement research, but is also highly knowledgeable in relation to muscle growth and fat loss. He's helped numerous people over the years achieve the body that they've always wanted and hopes his information will guide you to the goals you want.

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