Got a great email from John this morning about ab training
which I’ll tell you about in a minute.
First, let’s get the obvious out of the way…
Yes, you can do Turkish Get Ups.
They are a very “functional” way to train your abs –
– to lock your ribcage to your pelvis
– to protect your spine
– to train “anti-rotation” and “anti-flexion” – popular terms
and methods for abdominal training these days
However, there’s something much simpler that works like
Here it is:
(Do this right now – you can do it in your chair or standing.)
1. Take a deep breath – about 75% of your maximum ability.
2. Exhale and contract your abs at the same time.
– your abs should flatten and harden
3. Now hold that position.
Feel da abz?
Oh yeah you do!
(If you’re doing it right.)
Here’s what John said:
And yeah, if you’re not used to doing this, there’s a pretty good
chance your abs may cramp too.
Now here’s the cool part:
When you do this during the actual repetitions of your KB
work – like pressing, squatting, and the top of your ballistics –
like the hip snap of the swings, cleans, and snatches (especially
the doubles where you need the extra “oomph”) –
Not only will you work your abs HARD, you’ll make your
entire body stronger.
There are also a series of cues that John alluded to that I use
that not only help your abs contract more “automatically”
while using your KBs, but also make them contract harder –
Making your lifts immediately more stabile, creating more
mobility in your KB lifts, and as mentioned, making your
Not only that, when you do this for all your lifts, your
abs will become “rock hard.”
(Stripping off the fluff on top of them so you can see
them is another story…)
If you want to get the full rundown, do what John did –
And yes, like John, you too will be convinced that the “only”
work you need to do is the “STRONG!” program.
Once you’re done send me a pic of your new 6 pack or your
P.S. Don’t hold this abdominal contraction through the
entire set of whatever exercise you’re doing. You’ll gas out.
Instead, “reload” just before each rep.