Author: C. Small
Over the past few weeks there have been many questions about developing “rock hard” abs. Summer is quickly approaching and people are probably pushing to get their “winter’ bodies in “summer” shape. One viewer provided some advice that I thought worth re-printing. See Crystal’s comments on rock hard abs below.
Hello guys. My name is Crystal. I am a certified athletic trainer with a Masterâ€™s degree in Athletic Training. Six pack abs are all the craze right now. It is understandable, I am one of those who constantly focuses on abdominals. Remember, diet as well as exercise are important. The rock hard abs are not going to just pop up because you cut out the sweets.
My adviceâ€¦keep it simple.
The â€œabsâ€ are our core stabilizers, therefore they are always working which means they are also endurance muscles. Increase the reps of whichever abdominal exercise you prefer because this is what your abs were made to do. Donâ€™t just do crunches alone. In all of your exercises you should focus on keeping your body still and only moving the extremities you are working on. In other words, keep your abs tight while you are doing hamstring curls, squats, biceps curls, etc. The Total Gym, which can be found on this website, is great for engaging the abdominals in all of your routine exercises and all of these exercises can be accomplshed on one machine! Yoga and pilates are great for ab work and core stabilization as well.
Now, as far as diet is concernedâ€¦cut down on the carbs (donâ€™t completely eliminate them) and increase the protein. Of course, with any diet, make sure you ok it with your physician before starting. Carbs (and alcohol) â€œfeed the belly fatâ€ whereas protein â€œfeeds the muscles.â€ I think that is the easiest way to explain without getting in to all of the technical jargon. Most of us have decent abs, but we have so much belly fat covering them they canâ€™t be seen (lol).
I wish you all good luck in your six pack endeavors. Please let me know how it goes!
Thanks Crystal, and to all of you, for your comments. Have fun this summer and above all, be safe!
About the author:Â C. Small is the Founder/President/CEO of CVS Unlimited, LLC and a health and fitness enthusiast with more than 31 years of military training.Â The Companyâ€™s desire is to help people achieve healthy lifestyles by combining good nutrition with the right exercises, and using the right equipment for lasting results.