Oh boy oh boy oh boy!
My abs were SCREAMING yesterday – both during my workout and after.
Now, the first part of that isn’t necessarily strange and should NOT come as a surprise for those of you that have been following this list for a while.
Given my penchant for extreme conditioning and what not, my abs are always being pounded like raw meat throughout my workouts – – but yesterday, oh boy. I FELT it – big time – and LONG after my workout!
And what do I mean by this?
Well – get this – I woke up at around 2 A.M. last night – and I literally screamed out loud in pain.
My abs were on FIRE – especially my left side – and it felt like a giant claw had taken hold of the “six pack” area, and was squeezing it dry for EVERY drop of blood it could.
That was a bit of a gothic description, I know, but you get the point!
Man oh man. I’ve had these cramps before – such as thigh cramps in the middle of the night, for instance, but THIS was something else altogether.
While I can normally get cramps to calm down relatively quickly (for instance, I often have them in my calves after extra calf work), it took me a full 15 minutes to even start to get back to normal last night.
Whew! That was a ******* experience to be damn sure, and I can STILL feel the entire area this morning – as in, it feels like someone took a sledgehammer to my midsection and pounded it to pulp.
Needless to say, that was a great workout I had yesterday, and it shows as well.
While I’m not saying you can see tangible results after every workout (in that a flabby midsection miraculously turns into a six pack or more) – you CAN see results – minute results – if you really, really hit it hard daily. You can literally see your body change – before your very eyes!
Anyway, so what did I do to get this ab pounding effect?
Well, first off, I pounded out a ton of handstand pushups -something that I’ve oddly enough – and again – NOT been doing for the past coupla weeks.
Don’t ask me why – but as I’ve said before, we often end up ignoring what has worked well for us in the past. ‘Tis human nature and tendency to do so, and I’m not an exception to the rule either!
Handstand pushups are thought of as mostly upper body work by most – and what comes to mind when you think of this is gargantuan TRAPS – and massive arms – and of course mammoth PECS.
None of this is wrong, of course. Handstand pushups do build that area, and more – but what is often ignored is the CORE building effect of this excellent exercise.
Just getting up into a handstand and holding it for time taxes your core far, far more than traditional core exercises do – and if you don’t believe me – well – DO the thing – and you’ll see!
Just be careful not to overdo it when you first start. You need to progress slowly – but surely – and in Shoulders like Boulders, I’ve mentioned the progressions you need to work upon as you get better at this truly superlative exercise.
And the other thing I did was what I spoke about yesterday – that being the “dancer’s stretch”. My oh my, that exercise REALLY hits the abs and lower back – – and again, you’ll know what I mean when you DO them exercises!
So that’s it for today, my friend. I’m off in a while for my workout – and I look forward to seeing YOU there as well!
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