If you had to choose the most popular muscle, what would it be? The chest, back, glutes, biceps, or maybe the abdominals? If you've said the abdominals, then I agree with you. There's something about having a flat and tight stomach that gives people motivation to workout. It's a beauty having a four, six, or eight pack that completes someones' body.
The unfortunate factor about trying to achieve a tight stomach, let alone a six-pack is that many of us have multiple fat cells around our midsection. What does that mean? It means that the more you have, the harder it will be to develop those abs. The bad news is that we can't do anything about those fats cells, but regardless of how many you have, we all have a beautiful tone stomach. It's just underneath the layers of fat.
If your goal is to make your abs visible, you would have to decrease your body fat. Reducing your body fat levels comes with consuming the right foods and calories that put you in a calorie deficit. When that happens, your body will start using fat for energy, and you'll eventually see changes. Doing many abs exercises will be counterproductive, and you'll just get frustrated over time because you won't see any results. I'm not saying you shouldn't do ab exercises, but you should focus your attention on food.
When it comes to training your abdominals, it's essential to know that they are divided into four different sections. The four main abdominal groups that make up the internal organs are:
These four muscle groups should be trained and given the same amount of attention. No one part should be given more value than the other. When doing abs exercises, it's imperative to control your breathing. It's best never to hold your breath because you might feel winded and or light-headed. Also, because many exercises require you to lay down on the ground, it's best always to secure your neck. It would be best if you always placed your hands behind your head to relieve any discomfort. Failure to do so can cause pain even after the workout is complete and possibly affect your sleep based on how you place your head on your pillow.
Before we dive into the best ab exercises for your workout, you should keep in mind that developing the abdominals muscles takes a lot of hard work and patience. The people that you see in magazines or social media usually have years of training to get that look. Many of the time, you'll see products being advertised. Please be aware that these supplements do not guarantee you the stomach of your dreams. The companies selling you these pills and powders are feeding off the hopes and dreams of gym-goers and no gym-goers looking for answers and trying to escape the frustration cycle. The problem with this is that most people never really stay consistent long enough, and nobody wants to part ways with their favorite foods, which is sometimes junk and the reason why they can't achieve a flat stomach. There is no secret to abs, and once you do the research and leave the gimmicks alone, only then is when you'll find what you are seeking. I'm not saying you will have them in a three, six, nine, or twelve months but over time, they will come.
Lastly, to develop your abdominal muscles, you need to perform intense and changeling exercises that will force tightness and growth around your midsection. Along with exercising, you need a proper diet that allows you to remove the extra layers of body fat. As you might have heard the saying "Abs are made in the kitchen," I instead believe "Abs are built in the gym but reveal in the kitchen." it's a combination of both, and you need to give equal value to both.
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Christopher Gilbert is a Personal Trainer based in New York City and is known for his effective nutrition and workout programs along with his intense training sessions.