Everywhere you turn, there’s always that one one person trying to sell you on the secret to get abs. They tell you to do a countless number of crunches and ab exercises instead of emphasizing the importance of your diet. As a result, you kill yourself doing planks and other nonsense without seeing any results.
Let me start off by saying that working your core is extremely important. Just like everything else, you need to set some time aside to strengthen your abdominal muscles to avoid injury during heavy lifting sessions. Having a strong core can only help you in the long run, so working your abs isn’t useless.
That being said, just because you exercise your abs on a daily basis, it doesn’t mean that you’ll get the six-pack you’re craving.
As you know, your abs are located underneath the layer of fat you hold in your belly. It’s common sense that in order to see those wonderful abs, you need to lose the fat covering them. Why do you think that trainers usually start off by having their clients do cardio and lose the weight they need to before trying to tone their muscles? Simply put, unless you lose the fat, you won’t see the definition you seek.
I know you’ve probably heard this before but let me reiterate…
Abs are made in kitchen!
No amount of cardio is going to make up the fact that you eat two donuts for breakfast. It just doesn’t work that way. In fact, I’ve met several people who don’t even do cardio but have the most perfect abs I’ve ever seen. Before you get too excited, please know that their diet is on point. They don’t need cardio to get that kind of definition because their diet has taken care of their fat percentage.
However, I’ll have you know that some people are just genetically gifted. Either their metabolism is extremely effective or their genes are just too good. Even though most of us are not that way, there are some people that are blessed in that respect. I, too, hate those people.
Any who, now that we’ve established that abs are mostly diet-based, it’s still important to train them. Instead of spending two hours on a treadmill, eat well, do some effective fifteen-minute HIIT workouts & a ten-minute non-stop abs burnout at the end of your workout.
Guys, there’s no secret formula to getting abs. Just eat well, work hard and perform effective workouts. That’s it. Literally.