REVEAL YOUR ABS WITH THESE TOP TIPS
FIRST AND FOREMOST – DROP BODY FAT
This is the most obvious tip, but it’s the most important. Focusing on dropping your overall body fat will allow you to see your abs. Body fat is what stops you seeing your abdominals, so you need to shift that.
If you have high body fat levels, then don’t bother with sit ups or crunches, as that will simply not do a thing to help you with your 6 pack goals. Focus on high intensity interval training, which will help to blast away that unwanted fat. Remember, specific exercises will not reduce body fat in that area of the body, so performing 100 crunches a day will not shift your abdominal fat. Focus on overall body fat reduction.
ABS ARE MADE IN THE
A lot of people focus too much on working their abs in the gym, and neglecting them out of the gym. You can build a rock-solid set of abs in the gym, but if your diet and out-of-gym lifestyle are poor, you’re never going to see the abs you’ve built.
Keep track of what you eat and drink – whether that’s using an app like ‘MyFitnessPal’, keeping a food journal or just doing it by memory. This will enable you to see how you’re progressing. If you’re not really seeing your abs how you would like to, then you can make adjustments to your calorie intake. Remember, junk food contains a lot of sodium, which causes water retention – which will cover your abs! Eat a healthy, lean diet, combined with your hard work in the gym, and you’ll soon start seeing those abdominals.
INCLUDE COMPOUND EXERCISES IN YOUR ROUTINE
Exercises such as squats and deadlifts are great calorie burners and they also work your core muscles – both of which are key for building a solid 6 pack. The two things that you need to do to reveal your 6-pack, are to burn body fat and build the abdominal muscles, and compound exercises do both. Whilst there are other ‘ab specific’ exercises which are more effective, if you’re short for time in the gym, a compound exercise routine will still work your core.
USE A VARIETY OF ABDOMINAL EXERCISES
Don’t try and crunch your way to 6-pack abs, as that’s not going to give you the core that you want. Whilst the 6-pack is what most people are after, there is more to a core than just the abs – there’s also the obliques and the serratus anterior. To effectively work all of those muscles, you need to hit them from different angles, which requires a variety of exercises. Try using planks, leg raises, hanging leg raises, woodchoppers, side jackknifes, and more.