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Upper & Lower Abs?

Posted Jun 09 2010 6:02pm

Earlier today a new client of mine was asking me about working her 'upper and lower' abs.

As a trainer, I hear 'upper and lower' abs all the time.

But there really is no such thing.

This isn't easy for clients to hear, so you have to break it easily to them.

Seriously, telling a client that 'upper and lower' abs doesn't exist is like telling a child the Tooth Fairy, Santa Clause, and the Easter Bunny aren't real.

Lower lips quiver and and eyes tear up...grown adults.

Where did this idea of 'upper and lower abs' even come from?

I think from Arnie 'the Anatomy Chart Guy'.

Forget always being shirtless, Arnie takes showing off to a whole 'nother level as he goes... skinless.

When people see Arnie 'The Anatomy Chart Guy's' Abs all they see is his rectus abdominis (the six pack muscle). 

If you look carefully you will see this is actually one long vertical muscle that runs from the chest bone to the pubic area. 

There are three horizontal fibrous bands linked by the tendinous inscriptions going across the rectus abdominis creating what looks like 8 different groups of muscles...when in reality it's just one.

So there you have it, no 'upper and lower' abs.

Promise me you won't cry. 

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