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V-Cut Abs: 4 Simple Steps

One of the most demanding physical features by professional bodybuilders and recreational lifters is the prestigious 6 pack abs.  Within the 6 pack abdominal region comes a more specific physical feature known as the ‘V-Cut’.  The V-cut is the definition of one’s lower abdominals where it starts at the obliques and funnels toward the groin.  Another synonym for the V-Cut is the – wait for it – money maker.  No word of a lie.

DISCLAIMER:  The popular V-Cut definition does not cause increased wealth, nor does it grant you better health or athletic performance.  It is an aesthetically pleasing natural physical feature that can be acquired through the following steps.

Step 1: Measuring Body Fat

The main acceptance through the fitness world is that having a low body fat is crucial for having v-cut abs. This is quite true because the greater amount of subcutaneous fat you have sitting atop your muscle will be synonymous to a shield above your hard work.  It has been generalized that a body fat percentage of less than 10% is crucial for the V-Cut definition.  Simply go to your fitness facility or a physician to have your body fat measured.

Step 2: Devise a Plan

Now that you have acquired your body fat percentage, you know what direction you need to go.  If your body fat percentage resides near or above 10%, continue to with this step.   If it is less than 8%, go to Step 3.

Step 2 is all about getting rid of your excess body fat.  By following the other articles in the weight loss section of eHealthCritic, you can achieve these goals.  Some of the major points for weight loss are maintaining a negative energy balance daily, increasing total weekly cardio, and not neglecting resistance training.

Furthermore, the cleaner the diet, the easier it is to lose weight and reduce that body fat.  Avoid processed foods, alcohol, and simple sugars.  Substitute these for healthier alternatives such as steamed vegetables, lean meats, healthy salads, and fruits.  Additionally, try to ensure 8-10 cups of water daily so that your body does not retain water weight.  Through constant rehydration, your body will expect water and thus not store it.

Step 3: Abdominal Exercises

One cannot just shed the weight and have definition – definition is acquired through resistance training.  Below are 4 amazing core exercises that will give you the money maker.

Leg Raises from Dip Bar

Support yourself on a dip bar with arms at full extension.  Raise your legs (without bending at the knee) it parallel with the floor.  Slowly return your legs to the starting position.  Repeat for 10-15 repetitions.

Oblique Crunches

While lying on your back, lift your legs and create a 90 degree bend at the knee.  Imagine that your feet are resting on a bench; however you are freely supporting them.  Perform a crunch and during the final portion of the motion, bring one elbow to the opposing knee (eg. left elbow, right knee).  Return to the starting position and repeat 10-15 times, alternating elbow to knee.

Plank

This exercise is not only perfect for abdominal core definition but also great for core strength and stability.  Perform from your elbows and toes with your body as straight as possible from head to heels.  Try and hold for 45-60 seconds. Increase difficulty by either raising one arm or leg, or opposing arm and leg.

Jackknife

Lye on your back with arms full extended.  While arms and legs are fully extended, attempt to bring both towards each other as if you were standing and attempting to touch your toes.  Return to the original position (lying on back, arms extended) slowly.  Repeat 10 times.  You can increase the difficulty by holding a medicine ball in your hands while ‘folding upwards.’

Step 4: Be Patient

Everyone can get the V Cut definition, however some people may have genetics working on their side making it much easier for them. 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