You hear this situation a lot. Someone decides that they finally want that six pack to show. They decided it was go time. It was time show the world that their abs had just been shy their whole life. Well, to abs everwhere, I say, SHOW YOURSELVES!!
So, what do most people do, in order to achieve this? They do 869767587698 crunches every day. Because, that’s what it takes to get ripped abs, right? Crunches and sit ups work your abs, so if you want awesome abs, sit ups are the way to go, right?
No. Not right, ma’am or sir.
I am not a certified personal trainer nor do I have a background in exercise biology. HOWEVER. Let me explain why wanting your abs to look awesome and, sit ups, don’t make much sense to be in the same sentence. Unless, of course, the sentence is, what is something I can spend lots of time on that won’t get me much closer to revealing my 24 pack to the world? (24 pack. That’s like, 4 six packs. I figured if one six pack is awesome…)
When thinking about getting a flatter stomach, or showing your “abs” a bit, one needs to shake up how they think about the situation. Instead of trying to do a million crunches to make their abs pop out, think of it in the opposite way. Work on getting your abs to show by losing all the fluffyness that covers them. THAT is the key to showing your abbies (“abbies”, it’s all the rage these days, instead of calling them “abs”).
Okay, prepare yourself for the metaphor of the year. Think of this point like a kiddy pool full of jello. It would be tough to force the bottom of the pool up from the inside, so that you could see it. It makes more sense to melt the jello away so that you can then see the bottom of the kiddy pool.
By cutting back on the calories, eating a more balanced diet and upping the exercise, you make it much more likely for your abbies to reveal themselves to the world, in all of their glory. Eat a cleaner diet, rich in fiber, protein, healthy fats etc and you will be doing much more for the cause, than doing crunches.
As far as the exercise part of it all, peep game, son. “Peep game.” I figured I would get all slang on you all, so that I sound like I have more street cred. The thing about crunches is that they don’t burn all that many calories. They really won’t do much, relatively, in the journey to making your abs show. Remember, we want them to show, more so than making them “pop.” Once your body fat percentage is low enough to where your abs are showing, THEN you can worry about making them pop. One thing at a time, my friend. Patience. Patienceeee. Doing exercises that burn more calories and require more effort are going to be the types of exercises that will help out the most. The usual suspects, compound exercises, will help you much more in this department. As far as cardio, high intensity interval training will burn a great more deal of calories in a shorter amount of time than walking on the treadmill and texting your friends about how you are working out right now. What is high intensity interval training? Look it up, champ! In short, it is short bursts of high intensity/effort cardio, followed by a bit of rest, then, repeat.
That’s pretty much it. It’s not that crunches/sit ups are totally worthless, it’s just that with this type of goal, you can better spend your time.
It’s more about revealing or allowing your abs to show, than to force them to the surface through all the nutrition fail you have allowed over the years.
Once you adjust your way of thinking, a flatter stomach is much closer than before.