Mike Chang is at it again with this Six Pack Shortcuts home workout for abs. And get this. This is a 3 minute workout that only takes about 7-8 minutes. I’m still trying to figure that one out.
But all kidding aside, I don’t know if I’d actually call this a workout – maybe a circuit, or or mini-workout. I see that Daniel uses it as a workout “finisher.” So, don’t think that doing this in-and-of-itself is going to help you get ripped, six pack abs. But it definitely will target those ab muscles in one way or another. Take a look…
So, the ab circuit is this…
10 Toe Touches With Medicine Ball
Now, after looking through my fitness coach goggles, I notice an important distinction here. Even though these are three seemingly different exercises, they all work the abs in much the same way. That is, through the same movement pattern: ventral pitching of the spine. Or, ab flexion, if you prefer. So, again, even though these appear to be distinct exercises, they’re really just going to train one particular movement pattern in slightly different ways, which is probably why this workout is so tough. Maybe even “crazy.” It’s simply one long set/circuit of different kinds of crunches, essentially.
Now, it’s true that this is just one of Mike Chang’s Six Pack Shortcuts ab workouts, and no doubt, there are many others. But I can’t help but notice an all-too-familiar theme in these muscle-based workouts. Mike sticks to a few key movement patters – the traditional ones, like ab flexion, for instance – and neglects the rest of them. At least, that’s the case in what I’ve seen so far in about a dozen videos.
And there’s nothing wrong with that in-and-of-itself, per se, but it is something you should be aware of as a prospective buyer of the Six Pack Shortcuts program. At first glance, it appears that Six Pack Shortcuts is a muscle-based training program, which is based on an older, and now outdated understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. In fact, in some fields – like medicine – this way of is not just outdated, it’s completely obsolete. Entire industries have moved on to more accurate, advanced, and sophisticated understandings of how the body works, and one of those ways is in our understanding of biomechanics. For example, our body’s do not move because we contract our muscles. Our muscles contract because we move our body. So, naturally, it makes sense to train the body this way – using movement-focused training instead of muscle-focused training.
And so, we have very different belief systems that dictate very different mentalities when it comes to training, which inevitably leads to very different training habits, and thus, results. So, what I’m trying to say here is that how you train is important because it will have very specific consequences – hopefully, only good, desirable consequences if you get it right. So, if you can help it, don’t get yourself into something you don’t understand, or at the very least, don’t get yourself into something which hasn’t been proven to deliver the kind of results you’re looking for (without negative side effects!).
If there isn’t an abundant amount of proof that your chosen workout program works, and more specifically, brings about the exact kind of results you want, then move on to something else that does have that evidence.
Speaking of which, I’m hard at work reviewing Mike Chang’s complete Six Pack Shortcuts program – deep in my computer-cave – to help bring you a complete, honest, unbiased review of his entire training program, to ultimately help you decide if Six Pack Shortcuts is right for you. It’s coming soon!
Update – and now it’s finally here: Six Pack Shortcuts Review