I was working out in the gym sometime back. An acquaintance complimented me on my pics posted on social media and said:
“The pictures are really nice.
You have a flat stomach even after two kids. That’s incredible. I have been struggling to flatten my tummy for a long time. What abdominal exercises do you do? My abs routine doesn’t show any result. Why don’t you share yours. It will help everyone.”
There was a pregnant pause….
I looked at her long and hard and deduced her fixation with flat abs.
I said, “You are right! I should share my abs routine with all of you.
Happily, she went back and here I am with the COVETED Abdominal routine.
Do these exercises religiously twice a week:
- V ups
- Leg drops
- Bicycle crunches
- Full sit-ups
- Mountain climbers
- Elbow Plank
- Side Plank
- Wood chop
- Floor Wipers
There you go…..
The cat is out of the bag. I have shared all exercises that I do.
If you are reading all of the above with bated breath….
You feel that this is your moment of epiphany
That exhilaration is building in you
You scream…Eureka Eureka!!!!
That you finally have the “HOLY GRAIL” of flat abs…
LET ME BURST THE BUBBLE😈😈
The above exercises WILL NOT give you washboard abs.🤷♀️🤷♀️
Yep!! You read it right and I am not going to sugar coat anything today. I know that you are confused and you want an explanation.
So here it is:
I want you to gently pinch your stomach.
You will feel you skin.
Right below that layer is the subcutaneous fat. Yep!! That jiggling layer is the culprit🤨🤨
Under that fat are the muscles.
All of the above exercises will definitely strengthen and tone but what is the point if the fatty layer is masking the toned muscles. That damn, subcutaneous fat has to be removed!!!
You may mistakenly believe that you need to do hundreds of crunches in order to get strong, ripped abs. While you might build strength in your abdominal muscles, you may never see defined abs unless you lose your belly fat and breaking news is that you can’t lose fat only from your belly. That’s wishful thinking.
What???? No way?????
Aha! If you are still reading this blog then it’s time for the breaking news😉
SPOT REDUCTION IS A MYTH
Experts say it…
Research states it…
This tempting belief should have been buried long time back but it’s still alive and kicking with vigour. There is no way fat can be reduced from a particular body part through targeted exercises. You don’t get to choose where you store or lose fat in your body. Genetics, hormones, gender are some of the factors which rule the roost here. The gimmick of spot reduction is thriving due to people’s ignorance, lop sided beliefs, glib and crafty marketing strategies. Don’t fall in the booby trap😌
So, now, let me answer the million dollar question; how to get six pack or flat abs?
You need to drop the fat percentage of your body!!
Via a holistic approach: Do cardio along with weight training and more importantly, follow a healthy and nutrient dense diet. ‘Coz abs are not made in the gym, they are made in the kitchen.
Does this mean abdominal workout is a waste of time? 🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️
No!! and allow me to explain Abdominal muscle anatomy.
There are four main abdominal muscles:
- Rectus abdominis.
- Transverse abdominis.
- External oblique.
- Internal oblique.
It is important to maintain strength in all these muscles along with a strong core!!!!!
A strong core and toned abdomen muscles do more than just make you look and feel good. They stabilise your spine and reduce your potential for back pain. Your core muscles act like an internal corset, holding in your gut and providing a sturdy base of support for your spine.
A strong core may also improve your ability to move easily and perform your activities of daily living with less discomfort. They help improve your balance and stability, which becomes especially important as you age.
So, there should be a paradigm shift in you.
Instead of mindless crunches, think of cardio, resistance training and a healthy diet.
So folks, hold a moment of silence for SPOT FAT REDUCTION and start your six pack journey with a well informed and educated outlook.
Patience is paramount here.
Remember-Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a GOOD attitude while waiting.