When you need abdominal muscles that show and go,try these monsters ofthemidsection
BY ADAM CAMPBELL,
PHOTOGRAPHS BYSYE WILLIAMS
Johnnie Morton, wide receiver, Detroit Lions
standing abdominal twist
ometimes catching a football involves moving your upper body oneway while your lower body goes the other. To pull it off, Mortonneeds balance and superhuman control of his midsection muscles—qualities that will help in any sport that requires quick changes in di-rection, like baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer, or hockey.
How you do it: Hold a medicine ball or weight plate with both hands out in front of your chest,your arms slightly bent. Without moving your legs, rotate your torso 90 degrees to the right.(Don't go any farther-that would be too tough on your lower back.) Pause, then rotate back180 degrees so you're facing left. Pause and rotate right to the starting position. That's onerepetition. Work up to three sets of 20 or more repetitions, beginning and ending each setwith the weight in the middle. 'This gives me a good burn and helps me develop stamina aswell as strength," Morton says.
Abs are money.
We speak from personal experience, havingused the cover of this magazine to sell moresix-packs than Anheuser-Busch.
But there's evidence everywhere. A moldedmidsection is pure cash flow for anyone whohas to remove his shirt in his line of work. Wouldthe name "Pitt" be anything more than a signalto roll on some deodorant, save for an ab-flexingscene in
Thelma and Louise?
The bankability reaches beyond aesthetics.If you're an athlete, abs are your body's big-playmuscles. Your legs and arms may do the gruntwork, but it's your abdominals that put you on
So we asked professional athletes and actorsto show us the abdominal exercises that helpthem earn a living.
You already know this stuff works. You'veseen the results on ESPN and in the localcineplex. Now it's time to see how a set of proabs will look on you. »
Illustrations by John Hull