If somebody were to ask you to describe your idea of a perfect physique, what would you say? Would you talk about a fat and flabby gut, or would you instead talk about a chiseled, rock hard abdomen with a set of abdominal muscles you could grate cheese on? If you’re like most people, you’d of course talk about how you would much rather prefer six pack abs to a flabby gut. Training your abs and bringing them up to par with the rest of your physique however, is easier said than done. If you’re looking to build a set of abs to be proud of and that will have you ready for bathing suit season all year, here’s a look at three effective ab workouts fitness tips to give you the six pack you’ve been dreaming of.
Get Plenty of Cardio
If you’re serious about building up your abs, you can perform all of the killer ab exercises you like, as frequently as you like, but if your body fat percentages are too high, your abdominal muscles will sadly remain hidden underneath a layer of abdominal belly fat. As you know, cardio is a fantastic way of burning fat relatively quickly, so if you’re serious about getting shredded, you are going to have to really step up your cardio game. How you get your cardio in is entirely up to you. You may wish to hop on the treadmill or exercise bike, or perhaps you prefer walking, jogging, or cycling outdoors. In reality, it doesn’t matter which form of cardio you choose as long as you are challenging your body.
Don’t Over-Train Your Abs
When you read gossip magazines talking about how the latest Z-list celeb achieved a set of six pack abs, they’ll often talk about how they were “in the gym for 5 hours a day, performing 1000 sit-ups per day”. This is utter nonsense and is certainly not necessary for training your abs. When training your abs, whether you follow a home ab workout, or simply get your ab training in down at the gym, in order to bring them up, you simply train them like any other muscle. Just two or possibly three ab workouts per week will do just fine, in which you will only need to perform 2 or 3 exercises for each one, with 3 working sets.
Clean up Your Diet
Again, you could do all of the cardio and ab exercises that you like, but the key to revealing your abs, is getting rid of the fat that is covering them. The best way to burn fat is through a combination of exercise and diet, which brings us to our final tip. If you’re serious about getting ripped, the junk food has to go, and be replaced with lean, fresh, healthy, and nutritious produce instead. The odd cheat meal now and then is ok, as long as your diet is clean and healthy most of the time.
“Abs” seem to be the hot topic when it comes summer time, but why not have great abs all year? With these ab workouts, a bit of time and effort, that goal can (and should) become a reality.
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