Many women find that the most attractive part of the male body is the beautiful definition of six pack abs. Six pack abs are not only sexy, but are a symbol of a fit and healthy man.
Women are instinctively drawn towards physically fit men. So it’s no wonder that in every gym, you will see men of all ages doing crunches, leg raises and sit-ups religiously in the hope of obtaining the much coveted six pack abs. Unfortunately, most men will never get to see their finely defined abdominal muscles because they tend to sabotage their progress.
The seven six pack abs tips below will make sure you don’t become your own worst enemy in your quest for ripped abs:
1. Avoid Fast Digesting Carbohydrates. Fast carbs spike insulin, which halts fat burning and boosts fat storage, particularly on top of your abs. Carbs to avoid our white bread, white potatoes, regular sodas, sports drinks, table sugar, etc. Instead, choose whole wheat, rye or sourdough breads, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, fruit, vegetables, quinoa, legumes and brown rice. One exception: You can eat fast digesting carbs right after workouts when they’ll be put to work at boosting muscle recovery and growth.
2. Include Isometrics. I like to refer to this as the ab vacuum. Essentially, this means flexing your abs and holding that position. To do this, tense each muscle for 6-10 seconds, then relax for 6-10 seconds. Repeat for 10-20 sets. This is a great way to hit your abs while sitting in your car, on your couch or at your desk.
3. Remember To Breathe. When you perform an ab exercise such as a crunch, exhale when you reach the finish or top position. This is important because it helps you better contract your abs. Holding the position for a second or two will maximize muscle-fiber involvement.
4. Don’t Stop. You typically train in specific rep ranges, such as 8-10 or 12-15 reps per set. Yet when doing bodyweight ab exercises, you can’t alter the weight to match a predetermined number of reps. Therefore, rather than doing crunches or hanging leg raises for a set number of reps, do as many reps as possible until you come close to failure.
5. Use Weights. Ab muscles are just like biceps, so they need definition and separation to stand out. Include some weighted movements in the 8-10 rep range for optimal ab development.
6. Don’t Do Abs First. The abs, obliques and transverse abdominis work together to stabilize the core, which allows you to produce greater force. Training abs first fatigues them, which lessens your core stability and weakens your base, as well as your ability to generate force. Therefore, you should end your workout with abs training to ensure optimal performance in other areas of your workout.
7. Train Your Abs At Different Speeds. When conducting abs routines, change up your rep speed from slow and controlled to fast and explosive, allowing you to utilize more fast-twitch muscle fibers to build more power, strength and size. The fast reps will help recruit more muscle fibers in the midsection and turn the crunch, which targets the rectus abdominis into an effective oblique exercise.
Ladies love hard bodies. These six pack abs tips will help you lose belly fat and show off your six pack abs with a slim waistline to boot. Click the link below for additional free tips on building a lean, mean attraction machine.