Why Do Sprinters Always Have Such Shredded Abs? 
When you first glance at the physique of any elite level sprinter...

The most eye-catching part of their body...

That people are always amazed at, is of course, their abs.  

While you might see a pretty good set of abs on only on occasion with most sports (including bodybuilding)...

For some odd reason...

It's an almost 100% certainty who engages in regular sprint training.  

But why is that exactly?  

Well in this post, we'll attempt to answer this exact question which so many of us have often wondered...

By looking at 3 muscle groups of the abs...

And how they are uniquely stressed through sprinting.  

So here we go. First up... 

1. The Oblique Abs

When running at higher speeds...

With each stride, the legs generate an extreme twisting force...

Which is then transferred into the upper half of the body.  

The problem is, that in order to run efficiently...

The upper half of the body must maintain stable and forward facing.  

So, to counteract this twisting force...

The oblique abs must essentially twist in the core opposite direction (with the help of the arms of course)...

Thus neutralizing the rotational force from the lower half of the body.  

So essentially, sprinters will do a bunch of super fast side crunch with each stride they take.  

Over the course of just a short race, on average...

That's approximately 50 crunches in just over 10 seconds!

Do that on a regular basis with your workouts...

And it's not hard to imagine those obliques looking quite impressive in very short time frame.  

Up next...

2. The Rectus Abdominis

Located at the center of the belly...

And known commonly as the six-pack muscles...

The rectus abdominis get its heaviest workout from high-speed upright running...

Where the torso needs to essentially arch backward with each stride...

In order to allow the leg to continue pushing well-behind the body.  

Then...

As the front leg approaches the ground...

The torso needs to crunch back forward, so that the spine is straight and strong again...

To absorb high impact force as the foot strikes the ground.  

So once again, but in an entirely different way, for an entirely different reason...

Sprinters do a separate forward crunch with each stride they take...

In addition to the side crunch for the oliques.

So it's essentially two simultaneous crunches in one.  

Up next...

3. The Lower Abs

This portion of the abs...

Which is almost always the weakest area of any mediocre six-pack...

Is an area that you'll notice, is particularly impressive with sprinters.  

Reason being: 

They best way to work this area of the abs is not through crunching the upper half of the body down...

But instead, by lifting the lower half (the legs) UP.  

In other words, leg raises.  

Which sprinters essentially do with each stride...

As they bring the leg forward to prepare for the next step.  

But unlike like raises in the gym which can be done at any intensity...

Here with sprinting...

They are always done at maximum speed with maximum intensity, and nothing less.  

So when you combine the leg raises for the lower abs...

With the twisting for the oblique abs, and the crunch for the rectus abdominis...

It's not hard to understand why sprinters have the uncommonly impressive abs that they always do.  

It's simply a natural result of the training.  

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