This is a guest post by Danielle Shoom, Personal Trainer. Visit Danielle’s website here.
How to get the abs of your dreams
As a trainer one of the most common things I’m asked is “how do I get abs”? Without a strong core you have nothing when it comes to fitness or everyday life. Here are 3 tips to get you the six pack of your dreams.
1. Abs Are Made In The Kitchen
Exercises is obviously a huge part of having a great body and flat stomach. However food is the number one thing that can make or break your quest for a six pack. Of course eating high fat and calorie food is not good for you. Your body creates cortisol when it is in stress- often because of poor diet, this will create fat around your stomach area. Everyone has abs sometimes they are just hiding.
I know no one wants to hear this but its true. Cardio is how you loose weight and inches, you have to get your heart rate up! I suggested doing some type of cardio at least 30 minutes 3 times a week.
3. Crunches Are Not The Answer
People think you can get a great six pack from doing a million crunches, this is SO not true. Your abs are not just what you see in the front of your stomach. There is much more to it! To keep it simple I will break it down into 3 different areas.
1. Rectus Abdominis- the muscle in front of your stomach “six pack” muscles.
A table top leg crunch is a great exercise to work the Rectus Abdominis. Bring your legs inline with your hips and bend your knees. Interlace your fingers behind your head, lift and lower your head with control.
2. Obliques- Run along the sides of your stomach, there are the internal and external obliques
Bicycle crunches will work those oblique muscles, interlace your fingers behind your head and bring your legs back to a table top. Then crunch up at the top twist your shoulder towards your opposite knee. Continue like this alternating sides.
3. Transverse Abdominis- Lies behind the the rectus abdominis it is the deepest abdominal muscle and helps all of your limbs move.
Plank- this is my favourite exercise! It works your entire body and all of your core muscles are engaged, it’s great! Come down on your forearms and bring your legs long behind you. Lift your body up then press back through your heels, stay wide along the shoulders and squeeze your bum.
Start working on that six pack today! It won’t appear over night but by following these steps you’ll get there. Do these exercises for 1 minute before hopping in the shower and you will start to feel stronger in no time!
Danielle Shoom is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and nutrition enthusiast based in Toronto, Ontario. Visit Danielle’s website at danielleshoomfitness.com.