Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s swimsuit season! It’s still a bit chilly to head to the beach so don’t worry about shedding any layers at the moment. But, it’s the perfect time to head to the gym to get toned abs before summer starts!
Toned abs are made in the kitchen. If you are serious about blasting stomach fat and toning your stomach muscles, you need to change your diet. The best way to get a flat stomach is to ditch the junk food. That means alcohol, soft drinks, and foods high in sugar or carbs. Drink heaps of water, as water is essential to flush toxins and fat from your body.
To get your six-pack abs to show, you need to drop your body fat percentage to about 16-19%. This means no more junk food. Clean out the fridge and fill it with nutritious foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats. Focus on eating between 5-6 small meals throughout the day. Each meal should contain a lean protein, like chicken, fish, eggs, or a protein shake.
You can’t achieve a muscular stomach without some exercise. Cardio exercise is a great way to burn fat, but skip the hour long run on the treadmill and focus on 15-20-minute High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts.
Once you finish your cardio, it’s time to hit the mat to work those ab muscles. Ask any trainer how to get a toned stomach, and they will tell you lots of crunches and sit-ups. But, crunches can injury your back and neck if you’re not careful. Skip the boring crunches and focus on these following ab strengthening exercises:
- Barbell Squats
- Hanging leg raises
- Inchworm to plank to side plank
- Stability ball rollouts
- Russian twists
Train your abs 3-4 days per week with no or light weights. As your strength increases, you can start to add weights or more advanced exercises. Start with only do 3-4 sets of each exercise and build up to 6-8 sets.
Sexy toned abs are achievable for everybody willing to put in the work. With a healthy diet full of lean protein and fresh fruits and vegetables, and the right ab-focused training, you too can get toned abs before summer!