Summer is right around the corner and we’ve been getting a lot of messages from clients looking for some tips to help bring in their 6 pack or overall just firm up core! Today I’m going to shed some light on not only what to do, but what NOT to do when training abs in order to get the best results!
So developing a nice set of abs isn’t nearly as difficult as most perceive it to be, but most spend way too much time trying to figure out the right ab exercises & routine to follow, and not nearly enough effort focusing on their diet.
Thankfully you have us to worry about your diet, so that gives you that much more energy and saved time to do the things you enjoy!
By using a meal preparation company you’re saving 10 hours per week, as that is the amount of time the average American spends shopping, cooking, cleaning up dishes or eating out, which typically the food choices we make when on the go are not ones that move us closer to our goals!
But to help you get even better results, today I wanted to share with you some common mistakes I see people making when it comes to working out their abs.
1.LACK OF INTENSITY
Casually performing ½ crunches while playing on the phone or talking someone’s ear off won’t cut it if you’re set on really sculpting your core. You need to train your abs with purpose and intent! The goal is to break them down so your body, in turn, rebuilds them back stronger, harder & better. Limit rest between sets to 30-45 seconds and make sure you put a hurtin’ on them each & every set.
2. NOT USING ENOUGH RESISTANCE
Abs are muscles just like your shoulders and legs, so they need to be trained the same way in order to make progress. Performing 1,000 crunches with a sloppy form at the speed of light, will under no circumstances carve out a head-turning set of abs, similar to why doing bodyweight squats endlessly on its own will not help you develop and grow your quads & glutes. So try adding a little weight to applicable exercises, but moreover, add resistance by aggressively contracting your abs at the peak of the movement, and slowly relieving the tension on the negative part of the exercise.
3. YOU’RE NOT Training Them Enough
Abs will recover a lot faster & more efficiently than your legs, shoulders, back, etc. So this means they should be trained more frequently. Train abs at least 3 days a week either as a warm up or after you hit your normal body part. Select 3 exercises, 1 that focuses on each part of the core, lower, upper and obliques and perform 3-4 sets of each. Keep rep range between 10-15 with proper form and squeeze.
And remember, you could train abs every day for an hour and not get any results if you’re not putting the right foods in the tank!
Fortunately, that’s not an issue for you being that you have entrusted us to take the decision making process out of your hands and make eating well, crushing your goals and looking & feeling your best 100x more efficient!
I’m proud of you Nutrition Solutions. I truly mean that.
Stay consistent, train hard, eat well and just know we are here if there is anything at all I can help you with don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you for the opportunity.