5 Reasons You Don't Have Abs
1. You Don't Do Cardio
I have some bad news for you, you cannot spot-reduce belly fat! I get asked the question all the time "I really want to tighten up my core and lose some of the fat I have in midsection..." It takes consistency and a mixture of challenging yourself in the weight room and the kitchen! When done correctly, cardio improves your health, burns fat, and helps you to lose weight. I strongly suggest focusing on strength training, core exercises, and about 30 minutes of cardio 3 times a week in order to achieve your core goals.
2. You Don't Eat Clean, but You Think You Do
You can workout as much as you want, but I have to stand by the old saying that "Abs are made in the kitchen." Avoid packaged food. Anything that is pre-wrapped is covered in chemicals and preservatives. Ditch the wrappers and grab the whole foods (surprised: they are cheaper, too!) Focus on the foods that are placed on the perimeter of the grocery store.
Here are a few examples of foods I eat on a daily basis!
- Protein: Salmon, grilled chicken, ground meat, bacon.
- Fats: Grass-fed butter, avocados, walnuts, coconut oil, olive oil.
- Vegetables: Brussels sprouts, iceberg lettuce, steamed spinach, celery, broccoli.
3. You Focus on Quantity Over Quality
Do not make the mistake I made Sophomore year of college and attempt to do 1,000 sit ups every night. It does not work. Select 5 challenging core exercises and cycle through them to create your very own core workout.
- Leg-lift push-outs
- Side plank dips
- Full-body crunches
- Up-down planks
4. You Are Only Doing Crunches
Crunches and sit-ups can be beneficial to a point, but there are more muscles than just your abdominals that need to be built! Switch up your routine between abdominals and obliques and change the sets and repetitions of each core exercise you do. Diversity in your workouts will help you to see results twice as fast as if you were to stick to the same old routine day after day.
5. You Don't Have Patience, Good things take time!
Abdominal muscles have to be one of the most appealing muscle groups, but also one of the most challenging to achieve. Consistently performing cardio, eating healthy, and focusing during your workouts is what will get you closer and closer to that six-pack you dream of. Take progress pictures, write down your goals, and crush them!
Saturated Fit Core Workout:
Complete 3 Rounds
- Alternating Leg Lift x25
- Flutter Kicks x25
- Side Plank Dips x40 seconds
- Straight Leg Sit-ups x25
- Dumbbell Wood Chops x15
- Front Plank 1 minute
- Full Body Crunch x25
- Up-Down Plank x10
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