Posted On:5/21/2013 2:04pm
Originally Posted by calmPsycho
The male 6 pack is probably the equivalent of having a models figure for a woman.
I prefer a woman with the 6 pack.
Posted On:5/21/2013 2:45pm
Style: Muay Thai
Originally Posted by legomepanda
I prefer a woman with the 6 pack.
Posted On:6/23/2014 11:36pm
****, I'm probably necroing this thread didn't check the date but I really feel I can add to this answer...
I am like 90% certain that the muscles that form that "V" are the hip extensors. Which are pretty easy to target, really.
I didn't even so much as Google this, so please, allow me the chance to explain my experience with this and reasons for thinking this way. TL;DR at bottom will explain my actual point.
I was a "self-taught" martial artist for the longest time, and began to teach myself various types of roundhouse kicks. I actually got pretty decent at them (you know, for starting basically from the ground up), but because I started having more success with my right side than left, I unintentionally under-trained the living hell out of the left side, which left me with an insanely disproportional left calf and hip extensor. Seriously, it was pure madness how massive the size difference was. Wasn't doing many other lower-body exercises at the time, the kicks were really the only thing developing that area.
After I noticed the difference and how weird it looked (I actually don't think I can emphasize enough how fucking crazy the difference was), I started doing way more calf exercises on that side, and recently, hip extensor exercises. front kicks and leg chambers with a 5-10 pound weight on the leg, high knees, anything that raises the upper leg towards the abdomen.
They're just about even now, after putting far more effort into the left leg. Calves'll never be even, is what I've accepted as fact now. But they're a lot closer.
On the subject of them being hip extensors, I think that's why it's called a "swimmer's V" or whatever. Massive repetitions of the legs being extended , with the legs for the most part straight, is a major part of high-speed strokes (butterfly, freestyle). What with the additional water resistance on the entire leg, I can see how swimming would develop them until they are so pronounced. Also, burning carbs and fat and all that good ****, swimmers are skinny as hell.
TL;DR: Any exercise which involves moving your upper leg towards your abdomen will work the "V." Try to do ones with a straight leg. Additionally, do ones from the side as well to get a belt of raw muscle, I'm about to start doing that.
Posted On:8/26/2014 4:47pm
Style: San Soo
Go super low-carb. Probably do some ephedra or something too. Honestly, it takes some pretty extreme methods for most guys to get that lean.
Posted On:10/02/2014 1:27pm
Style: Muay Thai, Jiujitsu
I'm not a big proponent of super low carb diets, since a lot of us here are guys who work out a lot and fat and protein are not the best sources of energy. Not only this, but a recent Harvard study came out concluding that long term very low carb diets resulted in a huge spike in cortison, the hormone that makes you fat. That's why so many people who try the ultra low carb approach end up gaining all their weight back, plus interest. It may help explain why the low carb phase is no longer as popular as it once was.
I suggest a from of intermittent fasting, I personally prefer Martin Berkhan's approach: you eat every day during an 8 hour window, and the other 16 hours you fast. Your main meal is the post-workout meal which is where you take in most of your carbs and protein for the day.
It's amazing for building muscle while bulking at the same time. I've been doing IF for the last year, with amazing result. There's 3 mega threads over on bb. comwhere IF'ers have been discussing all the benefits of this nutrition plan.
As for the V-back, the best way to get it is to combine a healthy low carb approach (although not too low carb!) with various back-building exercises. Squats and deadlifts are good for releasing massive amount of HGH, which you need to build overall muscle growth. For the back itself, you will want to do lifting exercises like seated rows, bent over dumbbell and barbell rows, and lateral pulldowns. As your stomach and mid section gets thinner through a good diet, you also work out your shoulders by doing exercises like the overhead military press, arnold press, lateral and front raises, and shoulder shrugs. Bigger shoulders, combined with a massive back and thinner waist, will give you an awesome look.
Personally, I don't think swimmers have a great physique. I mean they look very healthy, but I prefer the physiques of middleweight boxers or, even better, 100 meter sprinters.
Posted On:10/02/2014 1:33pm
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