Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Tip #1 - Eat Well
If you aren't eating well, you won't be able to see your abs. Sound nutrition is the biggest factor in keeping your midsection lean. Stay away from refined sugars, high glycemic carbs and enriched flour products which cause high insulin responses. Stick with eating lean proteins, complex carbs and snacking on good fats to balance insulin levels and maximize the body's natural fat burning capabilities throughout the day.
Tip #2 - Rotate & Chop
Rotations and wood chops are some of the most under used movements in the gym, especially when it comes to shaping up the abs. Exercises like wood chops and rotational variations work numerous muscles in the trunk including the obliques, rectus abdominis and those cool looking serratus muscles that make your ribs look lean. Try including at least one rotational movement in your routine 2-4 times a week to shape these muscles and increase functional strength.
Tip #3 - Train On Your Feet
The reality for most Americans is we sit entirely too much. This causes the internal stabilizing muscles of the trunk to weaken and the stomach to protrude. By working out on our feet we increase the amount of calories burned in a session, thus making it easier to stay lean. We also will be forced to engage our core more which practically means you are working abs while you squat, lunge, bend, push and pull. With stronger stabilizers our stomach will flatten and with more work being done in the session it will be easier to keep the body lean.