Apollo's BeltIf there’s one muscle or feature guys want and yearn for, it’s the coveted Apollo’s Belt. You may not have heard of the phrase but if you’re an admirer of hot guys then you’ve seen it. It’s the ‘V’ cut that runs at the hips, below the abs. The proper name for it is Iliac crest but it’s also called the V cut, Apollo’s Belt, or the “Fuck Muscle”. So, you may look down with some sadness because you don’t have one … but ah ha, you could!

Truth is, some have the coveted V cut and some don’t and part of it is genetics. The other part of it is body fat. If you spend a lot of time in the gym or, as Fergie put it, “working on your fitness” then you know that it takes a lot of hard work to get your abs to pop and show. The same could be said of your V cut. Like your abs, you might very well have one but it could be covered with fat. If you don’t do any exercises to work your core, then you probably aren’t doing much to define, tone and chisel away that section.

Developing your V cut will take a combination of nutrition and exercise. Here are some tips for you to get started on that desired “fuck muscle”:

NUTRITION
This is sort of a no-brainer but you can’t have abs and be cut without a bit of a sacrifice. All of that that good, naughty food that you crave packs on the fat and covers up all that yummy goodness you want to show off. First, stay away from processed food. If it comes in a box and can be found in the middle aisles of the grocery store, it is probably packed with salt and other chemicals that’ll make you a fatty. You’ll want to stay away from anything with enriched bleached flour, anything with high fructose corn syrup or all the other little sneaky sugars that end with -ose. Limit your sugar intake because you are more than likely consuming more sugar than you realize. Do you eat fruit? Then guess what, that’s sugar. Sure, it’s natural but consuming too much of it will still lead to a bloated mid-section. If you’re a fan of fruit juices, beware – they have sugar as well. This all may be putting your dreams of a cut midsection in peril but fear not, it’s not as hard as you think to get around these roadblocks. First, drink water. Lots of water. Experts say you need to drink half your bodyweight in water each day. Truth is, make water your only beverage of the day and leave coffee, caffeine and other sweet drinks to one meal a week. Stick to eating whole foods, lean proteins. Guys, you can’t eat fast food and expect to develop a 6-pack and have the v-cut. Shop for your own food and buy whole foods – fresh vegetables, fruits, lean meats like turkey. The less processed it is, the better. When you do venture into the inner aisles, buy whole wheat or better yet, whole grain. If you seriously want to shed fat, tone quickly, there’s always the vegetarian/vegan alternative. Have you ever seen a fat, bloated vegetarian? Probably not, which is a good reason to jump on the no-meat bandwagon (ahem, well SOME meat is acceptable but not for eating).

EXERCISE
Exercises that work your core will help tone your midsection and help to reveal all that greatness that lies beneath. Lifting weight is actually a good ab and v-cut builder because it works your entire body, including your abs. Pushups are another total-body exercise that you should include in your everyday routine. Here are a few specific moves to get you started:

Seated Ab Crunch: Sit on the edge of a bench and grasp the back of the bench with your hands. Lean back slightly and stick your legs out, over the floor. Bend your knees in toward your chest slowly and slowly pull your chest toward your knees. When your thighs nearly touch your chest, slowly reverse the move. Do this 12 times.

Corkscrew: Lie on your back with your legs extended toward the ceiling, knees slightly bent (you boys should be familiar with this position). Plant your hands on the floor at your sides and lift your feet toward your ribcage, twisting your hips slightly to the right. Use your lower abs to move your hips off the floor. Return to the starting position and repeat on the left. Do 10 reps on each side.

Weighted Crunch: Lie face up on the floor with your knees slightly bent and feet flat on the floor. With a lightweight grasped in your hands, keep your arms extended up and outward as you perform a regular crunch. Be sure to contract your abs as you do the move.

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