There isn’t anything quite like a ripped abdomen to give a person that chiselled look. You think of a fit body, and well-defined abs are what immediately comes to the mind. But how exactly do you go about getting that enviable 6-pack? Do you get it by pushing through a 1,000 crunches? Doing lots of cardio? Do you have to starve yourself? Let’s find out.
Actually, you already have a set of ab muscles! Everyone does. The abdominal muscles are paired and run parallel along your abdomen, separated by a band of connective tissues down the middle. When you hear people talk about building their core strength, they are largely referring to the abdominal muscles.
For most people, this muscle group is really small and weak and usually covered with lots of fat. In order to make it visible, you need to build the size of this muscle group and get rid of the fat covering it.
How to Get the Fat Off your Abs
There are no shortcuts to this one! Spot fat reduction just does not work. You have to eat the right quality and quantity of food to ensure that you lose fat from your body as a whole. And to lose fat effectively, you have to make sure you have a calorie deficit diet with the right macro split (a combination of protein, carbs, and fats).
Building your Ab Muscles
To effectively build your abdominal muscle group, you need to do a variety of different ab exercises that target the area from all angles. So no, doing 1,000 crunches isn’t going to get you anywhere. You’ll have to mix things up!
Make sure to throw in a variety of exercises each time, so that you fully develop the muscle group and avoid settling into the comfort of muscle memory. Surprise yourself every week!
Getting into an Abs Routine
Ideally, you should hit your abs two to three times a week for about 20-30 minutes per session. Begin with basic exercises, and then slowly work up to compound exercises, while adding resistance to your abs training. Take it one day at a time and stay focused – you’ll get there!
And remember to give the muscles ample rest. You can’t be hitting them for 20-30 minutes every single day. Give your abs a days’ gap to ensure they are well-rested before you hit them once again.
So now you know what you need to do to get those jaw-dropping abs. Time to stop wishing for it, and start working for it! Let’s do this, fam!