File this under: I TOLD YOU SO!

Honestly, I never say this. It’s mean-spirited to gloat over someone else being wrong, especially when their point of view comes from a genuine and thoughtful place, but I cannot resist this time.

For literally years I have debated with people on the Beachbody forums about the merits (or lack thereof) of Ab Ripper X from the original P90X. I personally got nothing out of it other than a sore back, which then made it difficult to realize the benefits of the other parts of the program. I’ve done 3 rounds of P90X, and I dumped Ab Ripper after the middle of the 2nd round and never looked back. Why? Because it’s unnecessary. It’s there because people are ab-obsessed in this country.

The problem is threefold:

1) If you’re a man and you want a “six-pack” you need to substantially alter your diet, and manipulate your macronutrients in order to drop your body fat percentage down below 10%. At that point, the abdominal muscles you have will show. You can crunch yourself into a coma and if your body fat percentage is above 10%, no six-pack for you.

2) Abdominal exercises, particularly crunches of any kind, are terrible for your spine. We were not made for spinal flexion. That six-pack will look awesome in your wheelchair.

3) Crunches don’t make your core stronger. They just make your abdominal muscles bigger, which, unless you’re doing an equally concentrated amount of work to strengthen your lower and mid back, will create a muscular imbalance which will translate into a weaker, less stable core.

But no one listens to me. So let’s take it from the man himself:

You can watch the rest of the video. It’s really entertaining and informative, but this bit right where I started it is what I want everyone who told me I didn’t know what I was talking about to watch… about a hundred times.

So there. Nyah!

One Response to “File this under: I TOLD YOU SO!

  • texstorm
    7 years ago

    Drat. Stupid YouTube. The bit I\’m referencing starts at 17:49 in case it\’s not working for you. Definitely worth watching the whole thing though.

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