Hey Besties hey!
So lately, I have been posting fitness pictures and video as I prepare for another bodybuilding competition. As a result, I have been getting a lot of questions on how to get a six pack or flatter abs. If there’s one body part we ladies focus on more than anything, besides our butts, it’s our abs! A flat stomach is always desirable, yet seemingly unattainable but not at all impossible. You just have to put in the work!
A lot of time and dedication goes into the ab making process, which can be a couple of months to a year. Every woman’s body is built differently, so the process of obtaining those rock solid abs will be different for everyone. And it’s not all about exercise, so we can put the crunches on the back burner for a while!
So, what does it take to get a ripped six pack?
1. Food matters! What you put in your mouth matters. It’s crucial to trimming up your core. You have to fuel the body properly in order to see those abs! (Count marcos; focusing on daily carbs, protein, and fat intake rather than blindly counting calories) Foods for flat abs: blueberries, apples, sweet potatoes, eggs, lean poultry, and green tea!
2. Crunches won’t cut it. Crunches can only tone the abs. They cannot get rid of the fat layer that lies on top of the ab muscles. To lose the fat, vigorous aerobic exercises are a must. They help increase the metabolic rate, causing your body to use up all stored forms of fat. Jogging, cycling, etc. for no less than 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week.
3. Switch it up. You may have a super dope workout routine, but you still need to vary your moves every few weeks. The longer you stick with an exercise program, the more efficient your body becomes at doing it. For that reason, you won’t see optimal results due to less energy and burning of fewer calories. Research shows muscles can adapt in as few as four to five workouts. Check out Solidcore in the DC area and AIR Aerial Fitness in Chicago, both places offer a killer core workout.
4. Sucking in works. Engage your core, especially during your workouts. Holding in your belly actually works a core muscle deep in your lower back called the transverse abdominis, which can permanently improve your appearance. This muscle acts as a natural weight belt, supporting your lower back and keeping your pelvis aligned.
5. The beer belly is real! Alcohol is dense in calories and can add size to your stomach. Alcohol promotes weight gain. Every gram of alcohol contains the same amount of calories as a gram of butter. But there’s also evidence that beer, more than other kinds of alcohol, may cause more fat to settle on your belly. I stick with Tito’s vodka or wine. But water is my best friend!
6. Pooping is good. Regularity is helpful in getting those poppin’ abs. Eating foods high in fiber, maybe take a cleanse here and there to make sure your body expels those toxins and eliminates bloat! I take a shot of apple cider vinegar once a day and I take 1-2 Cleans & Lean Defining Agent pills a day.
That’s all I have! For more ab workouts, check out BodyBuilding.com. Let me know if you have any questions or anything I have left off the list. #strongisbeautiful
Enjoy the Journey,