Getting a flat stomach is really down to two very important concepts: 1) getting rid of the layer of fat that lies on top of the ab. 2) Tightening and toning the abdominal muscles.
The following 7 tight abs tips are your golden ticket to getting those abs.
Tight Abs Tip #1: Perform strength training exercise on the abdominal muscles. These muscles are like any other muscle in your body and in order to increase tone and strength they need to be worked consistently. Treat your abs like you treat your biceps. Training them at least 3 times a week will have beneficial effect upon them.
Tight Abs Tip #2: Cut out the crap. Literally cut out the crappy food that you love to eat. Processed foods and refined sugars have no place in your diet and this is essential if you want those dynamite abs. By simply reducing the intake of these products, you will allow your body to maintain a stable blood sugar level, alleviating your body’s need to store excess sugar away in fat cells.
Excess sugar intake creates fat stores and this generally stored around the waist area and covers the abdominal muscles. Replace these junk foods with real whole foods such as lean meats, vegetables and fruits.
Tight Abs Tip #3: Stop with the long, slow and boring cardio workouts. Use HIIT instead. This is basically high intensity interval training. This training method uses intense bursts of cardio throughout your workout. This method will most definitely increase your body’s metabolism and burn those unwanted fat stores.
Tight Abs Tip #4: incorporate resistance into your abs exercises. Crunches are an effective exercise but the body becomes quickly accustomed to the simple motion, therefore reducing the benefits. To counter act this, simply add resistance to the exercise. E.g. hold a med ball or a dumbbell at your chest and perform the exercise. This added resistance will cause the abs to work harder and thus meaning better results will be achieved.
Tight Abs Tip #5: don’t fall victim to the quick fix, lose weight fast products. It’s all great marketing but no actual truth behind it.
So never waste your money or time on these so called products, especially if they are processed in a package and contain heap of chemical addictives. Also the magic pill that so many people claim to have created is a waste of time as well. It does not exist.
Tight Abs Tip #6: Work the lower abs. So often this part is neglected. Incorporate V-Up into your exercise routine:
Starting Position- Sit on the edge of the exercise bench; lean back 45 degrees; extend your legs out until they are parallel with the floor.
Movement- Exhale and bring your knees and upper body close together, whilst contracting your abdominal muscles. Inhale as you slowly release your legs, returning them to the starting position.
Tight Abs Tips #7: Challenge your core. Don’t just leave the workouts to when you’re only in the gym. Incorporate core strengthening exercise during every day life. Having a strong core is the foundation to having a flat and tight stomach.
Remember to switch up your exercise, every so often. This will reduce the risk of a plateau effect. Your abs needs progressive challenges in order to transform.