Abs – that’s what everyone wants to show off these days. Haven’t we all wanted to walk out of the sea like Daniel Craig in Casino Royal or pound down the finishing straight like Jessica Ennis-Hill?
One instructors meeting (all right, lunch) we were discussing physique, male gymnasts in particular. The World Gymnastics Championships had just finished. Pommel silver medallist Louis Smith has the classic V-shape and rippling abs – and those shoulders! Always impressive is that bit in the routines where the gymnast sits, lifts his straight legs back through his arms and goes into a handstand.
Now we do plenty of sit-ups and core strength in training, and were told that if you can do the sit-to-lift handstands then you have Ultimate Abs. How hard can it be? Instructor Adam Prout was (once again) our willing guinea pig. Read More