If you’re trying to sculpt your abs, you probably know how frustrating it can be to do countless exercises over several months and still not see results.  It can make you want to give up and live with your slightly less than perfect abs.  If this has been a problem for you, there’s a good chance you may not be doing the exercises correctly.  To see dramatic results in your abs, it’s absolutely necessary to perform your ab workouts correctly, so here are 4 tips to do just that. 

  • If you start to feel any pain in your back, you should stop doing the exercise immediately.  When ab exercises aren’t done correctly, they can injure your back.  Obviously, pain in your back while doing the exercise is a sign that you’ve possibly injured it.  When you start to feel the pain, stop what you’re doing, and let your back rest.  You can go back to doing your exercises the next day you have scheduled if the pain is gone.  To prevent further pain or injury, make sure you control the exercises and do them slowly.  Good form is very important when you’re working yourabs.    

  • Remember to breathe when you’re doing your ab exercises.  Many people have a tendency to hold their breath while they perform the exercises.  It’s important that you don’t do this.  Your body needs to deliver oxygen to your muscles and your organs, especially when you’re exercising.  When you hold your breath, you make it harder for your heart and other vital organs to get the oxygen they need to function properly.  Holding your breath while working your abs can also cause them to pooch out more, since you’re contracting the muscle around the air in your abdomen.  You should breathe out as you contract the muscle and breathe in when you release the contraction.  Breathing this way can also make the exercise a little easier for you.   

  • Perform each exercise slowly.  The slower you perform the exercise, the harder you work your abs.  When you’re trying to get through your entire workout, it can be tempting to rush through the exercises, getting the reps done as fast as you can.  If you want great abs, you need to slow down a little.  It would be better for you to do fewer reps at a slower pace, than it would to do several reps quickly.  When you perform the reps slowly, you should start to notice that your abs start to burn much faster.  This is a sign that you’re giving your abs a great workout.  

  • Focus on quality instead of quality when you’re working your abs.  You can do hundreds of crunches everyday and still not see results.  Why is this?  It’s usually because you’re not performing the exercise correctly.  You’re just speeding through, trying to do as many reps as possible.  If you take the time to really learn how to do the exercise correctly, you can do a lot less reps and see much better results.  You might want to start out only doing 10 reps of each exercise.  This way you can put all of your focus into doing the exercise correctly.  Once you get the correct form down, you can add in more reps and sets. 

As you can see, it really isn’t that hard to perform your exercises correctly.  You just have to listen to your body, remember to breathe, take your time, and focus on quality over quantity.  Once you start doing your exercises correctly, you should start to see more noticeable results in your abs.

You can spend hours doing countless crunches and still not have the six pack abs you want.  How is this possible?  Well, if you’re not eating the right way, it’s likely that you have a layer of fat covering your hard earned muscles.  If you want to lose that fat around your midsection to uncover your six pack abs, the smart eating strategies below can help.

 

  • Eat fewer calories– If you can cut your daily calorie intake by just 250 calories, you’ll lose a pound every other week doing this alone.  250 calories may seem like a lot, but it’s really not.  If you make a few adjustments to the way you eat, you shouldn’t have a problem cutting your calories.  For example, if you’re making a sandwich for lunch, use mustard instead of mayo and leave the cheese off.  That’s probably almost half of the calories right there.  Things like this really add up over the day and can make a big difference on your waistline.

 

  • Eat 6 times a day– This strategy is very important if you want six pack abs.  When you eat 6 times a day, compared to 3, your body burns fat more efficiently.  This way of eating also increases your metabolism, so you’ll burn more fat throughout the day.  Of course since you’re eating 6 times instead of 3, you need to make sure that the meals are small.  You don’t want to eat more calories in a day, so portion sizing will be especially important when you’re eating this way. 

 

  • Eat more protein– There are so many great benefits of eating protein.  If you want to build muscle, it’s absolutely necessary that you eat enough protein.  Protein also keeps you fuller for longer periods than other types of food.  Every person requires a different amount of protein everyday.  It depends on your body and your fitness goals.  You can find several online guides that will tell you exactly how much protein your diet should have everyday.  The best sources of protein are poultry, fish, nuts, and even low fat dairy products.  If you want to see great results, you can add in a little protein to each one of your meals. 

 

  • Eat carbs early in the day– Every diet should include a good amount of healthy carbohydrates.  They’re necessary for your body to function, and they give you lots of energy.  Since you usually need more energy earlier in the day, it makes the most sense to eat the majority of your carbs during this time.  At night, you don’t really need carbs to keep you going, and you won’t have time to burn them off before you go to bed, so you may not want to load up on them at dinner.  Instead, you can try to eat most of your carbs at breakfast, lunch, and your morning and afternoon snacks.  This way you get the carbs your body needs, but you have plenty of time to burn them off during the day. 

 

While a proper diet is important for six pack abs, it doesn’t have to be difficult.  The smart eating strategies above will make sure that your stomach stays trim so your six pack abs can show through.

Six pack abs are pretty much the ultimate goal for anyone who wants to be in the best shape possible and look their best.  If this is your goal, you’re going to need a few things to get there.  This article will explain everything you need for six pack abs.

  •  Desire – Getting six pack abs isn’t something that happens overnight.  It takes a lot of hard work and patience to get the abs you want.  It also takes a strong desire.  You should know exactly why you want a six pack.  Do you want a stronger core?  Do you want to look more attractive at the beach?  Knowing why you want amazing abs will help keep you motivated when you’re tired of working out and feel like giving up. 
  • Willpower – Besides desire, you’ll need plenty of willpower to get a six pack.  You have to be dedicated to eating healthy and working out.  Since this is not always easy, you’ll probably need to access your willpower to keep from quitting.  Everyone has different ways of accessing their willpower.  You may need to remind yourself of why you started this goal in the first place.  Sometimes that’s enough to jumpstart your motivation again.
  • Knowledge – Chiseling your abs into a sculpted six pack takes some knowledge.  You should try to gain at least some basic knowledge of the different types of abdominal muscles.  This should include knowing what ab exercises target the specific muscles.  You might also want to know the foods you can eat for a flatter stomach.  The more you know about how to get a six pack, the easier it will be to get one. 
  • An effective plan – Once you have the knowledge of how to get six pack abs, you can build an effective plan.  Your plan should include details of the diet you plan on following, as well as a workout schedule.  You can plan how often you want to work your abs and what other exercise you want include.  There are some amazing online guides that can give you a detailed step by step plan to follow if you don’t want to come up with one yourself.  

In conclusion, you need desire to get you going and willpower to keep you going.  You also need knowledge to know what you’re doing and a plan to follow along the way.  If you have these four things, you have everything you need to get six pack abs.

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