4 Steps to Awesome LOWER ABS! (Works Every Time)

4 Steps to Awesome LOWER ABS! (Works Every Time)

What’s up, guys? Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.com. Today we’re talking about the lower abs. Definitely the area that guys tend to want
to have. They don’t want to just have a two-pack. If they want to have a six-pack you’re going
to have to your lower abs show as well. I’ll tell you this: it’s not as easy as
it sounds. Especially when you look at the fact that
a lot of us are being fed misinformation and I want to clear that up today because I followed
the same misinformation. I learned a lot over the years as I went to
school and became a professional. I started training people and realized our
abs are actually a little different than we thought they were. I suffered from not having the right information. So, we’re going to clear that all up today. We’re going to cover four myths in the process
and tell you how you can overcome them and get it right. First and foremost, we’ve got to talk about
nutrition. When you’re looking to get a six-pack, and
most importantly your lower abs, there is a myth out there that just having a decent
diet is good enough. Guys, I’m going to tell you this: if you
have a decent diet you’re probably going to see that much of your abs right there. Maybe the top two. The rest of it is going to be pretty flat. If you want to get middle abs to show you
need to be a little more serious about your nutrition. You start following a good diet. I will tell you this right now, no BS, if
you want to have your lower abs show you’re going to have to have a great diet. That means you’re going to have to have
a solid nutrient plan that you are very consistent with. I’m not going to sit here and say which
one is exactly the perfect nutrition plan, because there are a lot of people that will
swear by the way they eat, and how it works for them. And that’s great, but it had better work
forever. If you have a plan that allows you to eat
foods that you actually enjoy, and you can stay consistent with it, then yes; it will
help you get that six-pack and keep it. For me, that’s where it all matters. It comes down to the fact that you’re not
just getting your abs, but you’re able to keep them. That relies on longevity and consistency. Most importantly, on a really dialed in nutrition
plan. Number two: my approach to ab training changed
over the years because I thought that all ab training was ab training. There was a point where I thought that sit-ups
were all we needed to do. A lot of people actually approach ab training
that way. “I’m going to do “x” amount of sit-ups
every, single day”. The sit-ups alone, in a top-down movement
are not going to cut it. If you really want to get your lower abs to
show, then you’re going to have to train them a little differently. Meaning, bottom-up movements. Now, why is that? We know that the science of it, that the rectus
abdominus is one muscle that contracts all, or none, no matter how we move it from the
top down, or bottom-up. Here’s the reality, guys. When you move from the bottom up you’re
moving your legs along with your pelvis. That immediately makes the exercise become
more of a weighted ab exercise. It is a loaded exercise, and we know how much
more difficult it is to do lower ab movements, moving the legs on our upper body, by either
hanging, or doing them on the ground like you see me doing in these variations of clips
here. That’s adding weight. What it’s doing is, it’s actually activating
type II fibers more than it is the type I fibers in your abs. That’s because we’re adding an overload. So, when you say you don’t need lower ab
movements, guys, the lower ab movements themselves, by virtue of having to carry the extra load,
are going to activate different fibers. Even the angle of activation is different
because of this bottom-up approach, versus top-down. So, you can’t just think regular sit-ups
are enough. You’ve got to start incorporating specific
lower ab movements if you really want to get your lower abs to pop. Which leads us to the third area here that
you’re going to have to tighten up. That is how you’re performing your lower
ab movements. You see, I just talked about the value of
using those legs for the added resistance here, and what impact that has on your lower
ab training. The thing is, don’t mistake the fact that
just because your legs are moving that you’re training your lower abs. As a matter of fact, I would argue that the
biggest mistake I made through a lot of years of my early ab training is, all I did was
swing my legs and activate my hip flexors and let everything else go along for the ride. What you want to do instead is let the pelvis
take the legs along for the ride during all of your activities. Here’s the difference: if you see me on
the ground here, this is a version where I’m pulling my legs straight up. But you don’t see there’s very minimal
activity of the pelvis. We know if we want to contract the abs what
we need to do is take the pelvis and turn it into a posterior tilt. We need to get it off the ground and rolled
back. So, if I’m just moving my legs here, what
work am I really doing with my abs? Very little. So instead, what I’d rather do is focus
solely on what’s going on with your pelvis. Take it down until it’s in contact with
the ground, and then initiate the moves so the pelvis is coming off the floor first. Regardless, the legs are going to come along
for the ride. They’re connected at the hip, guys. So, they’re going to come along. You just have to make sure you’re not focusing
on just moving your legs. No matter what exercise you’re doing, even
if you’re hanging from a bar like you see me doing here, the action is always happening
at the pelvis. Forget the legs, guys. Use the pelvis as your moving point, and focus
on what it’s doing, not necessarily what your legs are doing. Last, but not least, guys; we have to change
our conception of what core training is. People always say, “I’m training my core”. Really, what they’re doing is working their
abs. There’s a lot more to your core than just
your abs. But when we talk about the lower abs we have
to expand a little bit lower. What I’m talking about is, if we’re concentrating
so much on the pelvis. And we realize the importance the pelvis has
on lower ab training because of the attachment of the rectus right into the pelvis, then
we also have to realize other muscles attach to the pelvis from below. Involving them, or contracting them, is going
to have an impact on that very same pelvis that we’re focusing on moving with our lower
ab movements. So, there’s a great opportunity here. The adductors are one of the key areas you
want to do that with. When I approach any lower ab movement, if
it provides the opportunity for me to do so, what I want you to do is start crossing your
legs and at least squeezing your adductors. What that does is creates stability of the
pelvis from below. Any time we want to generate force from above,
if we have a stable base from down below, we’re going to be able to do that better. It’s the same idea I always talk about. If we’re going to try and jump, and I give
you one opportunity to jump as high as you possibly could, would you rather jump off
this solid box here, or would you rather jump off sand? If you try to jump off sand, when you try
to exert force and push down, all that force will be dispersed into he sand. No stability from below. If you tried to push off this box all that
stability is going to provide you the opportunity to jump your highest. The same thing happens when we do our ab training. If I’m trying to generate force and tension
from above with the rectus feeding down into the pelvis, I can grab and tighten the pelvis
from below because the abductors have not got a better opportunity to do that. Guys, any opportunity you have, whether it
be a hanging leg exercise here, or a leg exercise down on the ground; if you can squeeze your
legs together and push, and squeeze those adductors you’re going to get much more
activation out of your lower abs with every rep. And at the end of the day, that’s what matters
most. So, there you have it, guys. Hopefully lessons learned here so you don’t
have to make the same mistakes. A lot of times it’s not mistakes. It’s the information that we’re fed. We simply take it and run with it. And when we get frustrated with it when it’s
not working we sometimes blame ourselves. I’m here to tell you that I’ve made the
same mistakes myself, guys. I’ve learned from them. Over the years I’ve perfected what it is
we do here. To the point where we say we put the science
back in strength and incorporate into all of our programs. It’s why our programs work as well as they
do. It’s why they’ve become as effective as
they have because we put that science back in what we do. Hopefully these are just four examples that
you can take right now and incorporate into your lower ab training and start seeing better
results. If you’re looking for a step by step program,
guys, head to ATHLEANX.com. Get one of our ATHLEANX training programs. In the meantime, if you’ve found this video
helpful leave your comments and thumbs up below. Let me know what else you want me to cover
and I’ll do my best to do that for you in the days and weeks ahead. All right, guys. See you soon.

100 Replies to “4 Steps to Awesome LOWER ABS! (Works Every Time)”

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  2. Wow! An actual bodybuilding channel that gives actual advice without wasting my time for 15 minutes only to tell me at the end to buy their "X plan"? Fucking Subbed! thanks buddy!

  3. Thanks for another great video Jeff. I've seen lots of stuff about not bringing your legs all the way down when using the abs chair/hanging raises as it puts pressure on your lower back. Don't really expect Jeff to answer this personally but anyone got an opinion about how far to bring your legs down?

  4. Thanks Jeff. Lately I have been having debilitating around my upper hip on my lower back when getting up from a chair, and car seat. When I get up I am bent over, and I have to walk bent over to walk at all. After some time of walking around if I suck in my lower abs, and do a high marching type of walking with both legs ( mostly my right leg ) the pain dissipates.

    I’m going to do these exercises, and see if I eliminate the pain.

  5. Hi I have ankylosing spondilitis and I want to do the lower ab exercises like in your program but my lower back / hips are unable to move in this way. Have you any ideas how I may beat this? Cheers Stu

  6. Jeff meets Jesus at the gates “Hey guys, Jeff Cavaliere, AthleanX.com. Putting science back into the afterlife”

  7. The way you break down the body mechanics is so very helpful. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  8. Duuuuude, squeezing the legs together made a big difference for me while trying to fix my lower cross syndrome, THANK YOU!! I just might survive this.

  9. Yooo like I love you Jeff but goddamn is it hard to look at your old wrinkling skin 😂😂😂 fucking moisturize my g

  10. When you say that we need a salad diet, does that mean we cut carbs? or reduce the intake amount of it each day. ? thanks

  11. Alright so you said we have to have diet where we can have what we love in it but do we also install all the calories from my normal diet or what someone explain please ?

  12. I tried this exercise. Can't do it. Spare tire too heavy. How can I get to this exercise. I have come a long way in a short amount of time using these awesome videos. Dumbbells are all I have and thanks to AthleanX it's worked well

  13. I don’t follow any nutritional plan, in fact I have a pretty bad diet in comparison to most people. Yet working out intensively and generally exercising does allow the bottom abs to come through. Don’t get me wrong I know a great diet would be hugely beneficial this is just for anyone who might not be able to afford the ideal 5 little and often meals a day, healthy and full of protein, to say it can still be achieved without the perfect diet.

  14. You talk way toooooo much. It seriously take 3 quarters of your yap yap yapping to get any interest over it.

  15. My issues were my upbringing, and how it was just eat what we could afford, so it was processed foods, and pop and whatnot.

    I have an addiction to these junkie foods because it's all I ate for a near-decade. I am trying to replace bad foods with healthy food choices but it's so difficult.

    If someone knows a great way to resist the junk food addiction, can ye let me know? If any of you had been feed bad foods for years, how did you manage to stop? Cold turkey? Or slow progression?

  16. "Your legs are connected to your pelvis. They will come along for the ride"!!! 👀👀👀🤣🤣🤣
    Jeff has spoken. All the people where this is not the case, please stand up.

  17. Sup y’all. I just want to get some suggestions on how not to get cramps when I do any sort of ab workout! I’m 5’9” and weigh 130. I’m on a very strict diet! I consume a lot of water and potassium! I literally have no idea what to do! I can’t even do 20 sit-ups without cramping!
    Any feed back will appreciated very much! Thanks fellas!!!

  18. To show your 6 pack you need to shed the fats above your lower abs thru diet. Sit-ups, leg raises, & the likes are just supplements to the diet which is not as important as right nutrition. Cardio like walking, jogging, cycling is likewise a supplement. Intermittent fasting is more important than cardio & situps because if you are fasting & supplement it with cardio your 6 pack abs will show faster than if you do 1 million gym abs exercise. Getting a 6 pack is burning the fats above them thru diet & patience. Gym abs work can come later if you wanna join bodybuilding competitions.

  19. Please buy his programs !! I can’t believe the improvement after completing his shred program !!! You’re already getting free value ! Support him!

  20. Focus on pelvis rather than legs made me feel my lower abs sooo good and takes strain off my knees I feel my glutes too

  21. Not too sure. The stability point he covered last could be clearer. I understand what he’s saying, but to help the general public that point could be clearer. Also, remember there can be MANY principles when training the body. These are just a few. At 60, do your best to try and do safe and sound exercises that will be good for your body when you get older.

  22. Excellent! I am doing a weight reduction program and this video helps. I like the way you talk about a two-pack versus a six-pack. That is where I am now. Thank you & thumbs up.

  23. i eat what ever i like when i like and for some reason i still have a showing six pack even tho i bearly work on my core

  24. Hi Jeff,
    I am looking at lose the next 40 to 50g, i have a ready lose 64kg but it was all through brisk walking in the morning.
    And now the weight is refusing to come off, just need some help to get the rest shifted off.

  25. Hey I just want to ask if your exercises are applicable for women too. My sister wants to try your exercises but she's worried that she could get too much bulky muscle and instead of getting slim she might look manly. thanks!

  26. Hey I just want to ask if your exercises are applicable for women too. My sister wants to try your exercises but she's worried that she could get too much bulky muscle and instead of getting slim she might look manly. thanks!

  27. I hope you are able to help me. I am unable to use my legs due to a severe quad injury. I'm attempting to find core and cardio exercises that do not involve my legs.

  28. Best workout channel on youtube man! Also youre exactly the kind of person id have a few beers with. Very humble, very no bullshit.

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