Yes, You Can Have an Awesome Stomach
Do you want amazing abs? There is a smorgasbord of information out there that can tell you how to trim down your mid section. Books, videos, phone apps, personal trainers (oh that’s me!), internet articles, ab classes and so on. And you can have allllll that information and still not have the best abs in town… but do you want to know what MAY give you those killer abs. Two things.
1. The willingness and mindset to take on a healthier lifestyle. I have seen it time and time again, people coming to me wanting to lose weight and tone up their mid section… and I tell them what it will take and they say ok… then not do what I say and then wonder why they don’t have a six pack. If you want it bad enough you really have to take on cleaning up your health. What does “cleaning up your health” look like? Well for some people that could mean being more active, eliminating sugars from the diet, lifting weights, doing yoga, biking to work, stop drinking soda and beer, going gluten free and so on. Doing a 100 crunches is not necessarily going to have you be eligible for a cover of a fitness magazine. In some cases I don’t even have clients do any crunches and yet they still have rock solid abs. Diet will play a HUGE roll. Belly fat is the hardest to lose… so be mindful of what you are sticking in that mouth of yours.
And the second…
2. Genetics. Yep… some of us will never have six pack abs and you can thank your parents and their parents for that. But just because some of us or I should say most of us were not blessed with model like physiques doesn’t mean we can’t be the best we can be mentally and physically. I’ve never had a six pack and don’t think I ever will… and to top it off, I’m done with trying. I like my mid section just the way it is and am out to maintain a healthy tummy on the inside and any changes that happen on the outside positively will just be bonus. So if you have done everything that you could do as far as exercise and diet and have a healthy body fat percentage it’s probably a good indication that genetics is not going to allow you to have a six pack… and… you should be ok with that. And just for the record, I do not support liposuction one bit.
Also… while on the topic, I am not a fan of all the fuss that television and american society has put on being thin. Being healthy and HAPPY is what we should put our attention on. How much weight Britney Spears lost should be the very very very least of our worries.
So what are a couple of things that could get you started down the a “flatter ab” path, I’ll give you a couple suggestions. Take them and use them how you want…
– Eliminate white sugar from your diet. (Breads, baked goods, regular & diet soda, fruit juices, candy, etc.)
– Include a digestive enzyme with meals. I use: Digest Force from Poliquin Natural Solutions.
– Get moving. I’m not kidding… move more, whatever that is to you – just do it.
– Drink lots of water.
– Incorporate the following exercises in your fitness program.
- Lie face down on the ground resting on the forearms or hands (palms flat on the floor).
- Push off the floor, raising up onto toes and resting on the elbows if on forearms or hands. Make sure your elbows are under your shoulders or hands are under your shoulders.
- Keep your back flat, in a straight line from head to heels.
- Tilt your pelvis and contract your abdominals to prevent your rear end from sticking up in the air or sagging in the middle.
- Hold for 20 to 60 seconds, lower and repeat for 3-5 reps.
- Lie face up on the ground with palms flat on the floor.
- Lift your legs straight up into the air. Toes pointing to the ceiling.
- Keep arms lifted and lift your toes to the ceiling lifting your hips off the floor.
- Avoid rocking back and forth. You want to be lifting straight up.
- Do 12 – 15 reps, lower and repeat for 2 more sets.
V-Sits with Twist
- Begin in a seated position, contract your abdominal muscles, and lift your legs up to a 45-degree angle knees slightly bent.
- Keep your chest lifted and back straight. Reach arms out over the knees.
- While maintaining a straight back rotate side to side, reaching arms to one side – going back and forth.
- Do 20 – 30 reps, rest and repeat for 2 more sets.
So there you have it. A few things you can start now to get you on a path to flatter abs. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask. I may have information that could answer your question… so please ask in the comments below. Cheers to your health! xo