I KNOW Summer is “coming” eventually, once MN (Mother Nature) figures her lifestyle out (maybe she needs more protein and yams in her life, who knows).
There is NO exercise that will create those hard abs unless you are genetically PRONE to it.
If you look at bikini models or fitness models (the ones who compete), they have that HARD turtle shell, however, they are most likely doing the following:
~ Caloric deficit (meaning they haven’t eaten ENOUGH food, which will affect them a week after they increase their food levels).
~ Taken a diuretic to take out “excess” water from their bodies (TERRIBLE, PROBABLY THE WORST THING EVER FOR YOUR FREAKING BODY, IVE BEEN THERE, TRY WORKING OUT POST DIURETIC, IT’S FREAKING HURTS BECAUSE YOUR MUSCLES ARE SO TIGHT).
~ Low body fat (meaning they’re probably, cold, hungry, missing their monthly cycle and miserable.
~ Doing a LOT of unnecessary cardio
~ Probably doing some sort of steroid if they have A LOT of muscle on them. Yep, I said it. I am BLUNT, with no filter.
All of this just to get a turtle shell six pack.
Just like glutes, shoulders or back, abs have a lot to do with genetics. How long is the torso? How tall is the human with the abs? This all falls into place as well.
Can we achieve abs? Yes, we can, but it takes time and here is the number one thing:
NO DRINKING AND 110% ON NUTRITION. I say 110% because it means they don’t enjoy a cheat meal, they don’t enjoy going out with friends/family.
So ask yourself, is it worth it?
Here are some things you can CONSISTENTLY do to see some definition in your abdominal area:
Eat according to your goals.
Know your body and what it needs and what time it needs it at (timing of your lifestyle plan plays a huge part in this)
Eat enough protein (remember we don’t always need protein from animal products)
LIFT HEAVY, LIFT HEAVY, LIFT HEAVY. I can tell you besides not eating enough, doing a lot of cardio and taking water tight (diuretic at the very end of comp) the only thing I did to get my 30 seconds of ABS was lift really heavy and do a lot of cardio and not eat. I didn’t do a single Russian twist, or crunch ever!
Eat healthy fats
Eat enough carbs (YEP, CARBS)
Stop doing crunches, on crunches, on crunches. This will only result in potential injury down your spine and tailbone
Efficient cardio (plyo’s, sprint training, jump ropes)
My last tip to all of you is this: when it comes to abs, they are made with the following efforts and conditions.
IN THE KITCHEN + HEAVY LIFTING + EFFICIENT CARDIO