One of the most frequent questions I am asked is, “when will I see my abs?” They will say, “I do 2000 sit ups and still can’t see my abs.” Ab fat is the last to go. I know it feels like an uphill battle, fact is, although it is very important to train your abs, it is also important on HOW you train your abs. I work my abs no more than 2 to 3 times a week, for about 10 to 15 minutes. I work upper abs, lower abs, and obliques with one exercise for all 3 sets, making sure to focus on a stretch and contraction on each rep you’re doing. It is not about how many reps you’re doing but the quality of each rep you perform. Now this will shape your abs really well, BUT you will still not see your abs until you burn off that layer of belly fat. So what do we need to do to lose that belly fat and keep it off?
I know you have heard that abs are made in the kitchen, and this is true but sometimes easier said than done. Here are some helpful tips that I follow for success:
1. You need to find a meal plan (not diet) that you can live with long term while eating the foods you enjoy.
2. Avoid simple sugars
3. Do not weigh everyday
4. Take before pictures continuously for every 6 weeks. Sometimes the scale does not tell the whole story. You want to be able to see your progress and build your confidence.
5. Consistency and patients. This will not happen overnight, you will have to stay consistent and patient for success.
These are some tools that I have used over the years with clients, and even myself. I hope this helps you also.
Train Hard, Ronnie