Sort of. How to get abs is the topic of many a discussion in the athletic community. When folks ask, “What is the best workout for a 6-pack?”… I say, “The Popeye workout…eat your spinach!” The best ab workout is spinach. Seriously? Yeah, seriously. Or, to a large extent, anyway. See, no matter how good your exercise program is, fat will hang on for dear life if you’re not eating the right things. You know the adage, “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips…”? It’s not what a lot of folks want to hear, yet nutritional intake is key for fat loss. That, and having a bad-ass workout.
The Cliff Notes version? (Read fast.)
Eat lean protein, eat fiber rich foods, avoid trans fats, eat fruits and vegetables, drink water, don’t drink sugary drinks, eat the right carbs (complex carbs), limit alcohol. And plan ahead. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail…make sure you have these foods available when you need to eat to help ensure success. I’m a fan of protein shakes for ease, convenience, & flavor. I throw in frozen spinach, use no sugar added almond milk as a base, include some organic blueberries & ground flax with my favorite protein powder (Amplify XL in chocolate) plus a little PB2. BAM! Immediate Popeye effect. (OK, well not immediate, but definitely a step closer!)
On the training side of things, I like kettlebells, bodyweight exercises, and HIIT (along with a great diet) as great ways to get abs. I mean, if you want to get leaner, get stronger. Forget being a cardio queen. There’s a better route to success, but it’s not for the weak. You’ve got to get sweaty & go hard. If you want it.
3-5 days a week, hit your big body parts. You can do it with free weights, kettlebells, or your body. Keep rest to a minimum and do a circuit. Or two. Or three! Try this in succession:
-Single Leg Deadlift
-Hanging Leg Raises
Want to jazz it up some more? Toss in some plyo or HIIT by inserting the exercises below for 20-30 seconds:
-180 Squat Jumps
-Alternating Jumping Split Lunges
Now I realize it can be challenging to go hard day in and day out, so change it up. Walking briskly is another great way to burn fat. But I do mean FAST walking. If you are sleep walking and think you are burning fat, then you might as well sit back, read a book, and eat some bon bons. Not gonna happen. But BRISK walking will burn calories AND preserve muscle–your metobolic burning tissue. Plus, fast walking aids recovery and can be fun. So, listen to your body. Keep the right people around you for support. The guy in these photos leads about 50 other maniac-minded fitness peeps in outdoor workouts each week creating synergy.
So…do you want them? (Not him, you’re on your own for that one, but “them” as in ABS!) Then go get ‘em!
In the meantimne, live fit, laugh often, and smile.