Last week ended with a trail run and then a sick cat. Luckily, the cat is doing better but only after dropping some cold hard cash to rule out most possibilities including infection, internal bleeding, blockage, etc. etc....
Somewhere in there I lost track of training for a few days. This week began the way last week ended though. With a nice, long, sweaty trail run at work the last part of which was spent sprinting (ie - gasping for air and partially dying) up the hill beside our rec center.
I snapped a picture afterwards and have been contemplating abs. I would like to explain the concept of "washboard" abs and why for most of us they are folly. People think that in order to have washboard abs you have to do lots of "ab work" and sure, like any other muscle, abs do need to be worked in order to be firm.
But, "ab work" is only a fraction of what goes into a six pack. Some people will be heard to say that abs are built in the kitchen and while that can be true, there are other factors such as heredity, how one carries her (or his) fat, how much of that fat there is, how hydrated (or not) one is that can influence the look (or lack of) visible abs.
I do not have a six pack. LOL. My abs are pretty toned, as you can see above but even at my leanest my body is not the type that can show off those rock hard, super defined, washboard just under the surface abs that are so coveted these days. I've done lots of ab work, I've done next to none, I've done different kinds of ab work and then yet more different kinds. My abs stay pretty much the same unless I gain a large amount of weight. Mostly, for me this is a combination of heredity, fat storage and body type. I don't find that to be such a big deal. I'm not even sure I ever did as I was never obsessed with "chasing abs" like many women are.
So, strive to have strong abs. Strive to take care of them and keep them happy and fit. But, don't expect them to be chiseled rocks of steel just because you are doing everything right and you saw it in a magazine.
Today, Tuesday, was a lifting day. A full body type deal hitting big muscle groups and multiple parts. Stuff like squats, deadlifts, both romanian and single legged, push ups, push presses, dips.
Because the ability to express ourselves and care for ourselves through motion is something we should be grateful for...