topics are. When it comes to the fitness world, have you ever noticed a common theme on every magazine
“Reveal your abs in two weeks!”
“Shred your six-pack with just 10 minutes a day.”
“Washboard abs in four weeks.”
They’re never consistent with each other and the list goes on. The reality is though, those articles often times offer some very valuable information. They’ll give you a list of exercises or a solid workout to run through that they claim will ultimately catapult you to your goals.
Here’s the problem. That information is worthless to an extent without its complimenting partner. Unfortunately, this
partner isn’t quite as sexy and isn’t going to sell magazines. That complimenting partner that is required (and perhaps even more important) to reveal your amazing abs that the press often ignores is diet.
Often times, people will trim down and have some amazing muscle mass/tone only to plateau with just the top two abs showing. At that point, the assumption is often made that they need to work their abs more often and harder. That’s mistake number one. Your abs are just like any other muscle in your body and need time to recover. I personally, work my core three to four times a week for stability and one to two times a week in an absolute shredder of a routine (but still making it no more than two or three all-core exercises in a workout). I also don’t do the same exercises from one day to the next and always
target other areas. For example, if I did regular planks today, I might do side planks or hip drops on the TRX the next day, or maybe some hanging crunches.
That being said, the truth is your body is very stubborn and it doesn’t want to lose that last bit of fat hiding your amazing abs.
With good reason too. If your body fat percentage drops too low, you can cause some serious health issues. Your body can struggle with its temperature, the immune system may very well weaken, among many other serious issues that can ruin one’s life.
That being said, you can still reveal your abs and have that flattened stomach to complete your hard body with the right
approach. While having a solid exercise routine is extremely important, most people aren’t going to reach their
ultimate goal without a steady and clean diet. It takes hard work, dedication, and the ability to fight off temptation.
If you want to see your abs, you may want to ask yourself the following questions in the paragraph below. I’m sorry this isn’t easy, but my approach is to give you proper information rather than just bits and pieces to sell more copies of a magazine.
Can you eliminate processed, sugary, and deep fried foods from your diet and eat clean 90% or more of the time? Are you getting enough fiber (which means more of the right fruits and veggies!)? Are you eating 5-6 times a day (never
skipping breakfast)? Is your effort pure? Are you active on your rest days? If an exercise comes as a challenge to you, are you going to avoid it or work at it from the basic level and keep at it until you progress to the advanced technique? If something is too easy for you, do you find ways to make it more challenging? Are you all in?
Most importantly, are you ready to enjoy being in the best shape of your life being able to maintain and improve yourself moving forward after everything you’ve learned about yourself?
Make no mistake about it. It is a challenge, but it is doable. It just needs to be done right. And in the end, it’s very much worth
every drop of sweat you’ve wiped from your face and every burn you’ve endured to constantly improve
yourself. You can do it! Be strong and stick with