One of my readers sent me an email today asking the following question:
What muscle is it that creates the v around your waist line? And what is the best excersie to make it more defined?
The V usually refers to your back muscles actually, meaning, you need to have a wide upper back that tapers down into your narrow waist.
So, to make your lats bigger, the back muscle behind/under your arm pit, you do pullups (start using weights as soon as possible, and mix close grip chin ups with pull ups), and dumbbell rows. Another compound exercises that hits these is deadlifts.
As for your abs and obliques, you should be doing heavy exercises such as squats and deadlifts to build up your core (yes, they do more for your core than any other puny exercises), but to augment those, you would do planks, side planks (try to do them rep style), and medicine ball twists with a partner. Another great exercises for helping define the abs is push up rows. In this exercise, you put dumbbells in your hands and get in a push up position. You then row one dumbbell at a time, making sure to not let your torso twist. The closer your feet are, the harder this exercise will be.
Lastly, the best exercises to date I’ve found for building the V is…believe it or not…weighted pushups. Meaning, you put a plate on your back and do push ups, that simple. It’s forces you to properly contract and roll your lats during the press, and I can say, this has been by and far the quickest exercise to make my V shape stick out.