Struggling to get your abs to show? Try these tried and true tips from a personal trainer.
“Run for 60 minutes every day.” “Perform 100+ crunches a few times a week and you’re guaranteed that sexy washboard stomach” … NOT! Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t the way to a sexy, sculpted stomach. In fact, these tactics may have the opposite effect and hinder the midsection you’re working for.
Believe it or not, we all have “abs,” it’s just that for some of us, they’re defined and for others they’re covered up with layers of fat. When it comes to abs, you can’t crunch your way to them, it requires a bit more than just crunches and sit-ups.
Here’s how I help my clients sculpt their best abs ever (and these are the same tricks that I’ve also used on myself to sculpt my own):
First, take inventory of the foods being consumed on a regular basis. This usually reveals the significant amount of sugar being eaten daily, which definitely helps in keeping those abs hiding. You may think that some of the foods you’re eating are healthy, but in fact, they aren’t. This includes foods like: granola bars, trail mix or flavoured yogurt. Start eliminating those sugary foods because and replace them with healthy, dense foods like fruits and vegetables.
Next, to get the abs out and saying hello, we have to burn the layers of fat around them.
No, crunches will not burn them, but what will burn the fat are full body exercises. Remember, to show your abs, you have to decrease your body fat. This will happen by performing exercises that hit the larger muscles groups, as this is where fat is deposited (think shrink fat in the larger areas and you’ll lose fat all over).
Train for 30 minutes three times per week using interval training, which burns more calories by maximizing your effort in a minimal amount of time. Another bonus of interval training is you continue to burn calories for up to 48 hours after you’ve completed your workout.
Check out the above video for a routine that burns calories significantly and reveals those abs!
Trudie German’s certifications include those from, National Academy of Sports Medicine, TWIST BOSU and Resistance and Reebok Spinning. Aside from her work with her clients, Trudie also placed 2nd in her very first figure competition through the Ontario Physique Association (OPA) in May 2011.