In summer most men dream of nicely defined abdominal muscles! Maybe you think that this requires an infinite number of crunches and a super-strict diet. First of all, each of us has a six-pack. Often it’s just well hidden under a layer of fat and skin tissue! Some people go to great lengths to bring it out. But once you have it, it is even harder to maintain the appealing shape.
Here are 9 factors which you should avoid when trying to get and keep your 9!
1. YOU RELY ON CRUNCHES ONLY
Crunches are definitely useful in their own way. However the problem is that many people believe crunches alone will do the job. This assumption is wrong. In addition to this, frequent muscular imbalances (a weak midsection, including the hips and back) are caused by this exercise and therefore makes it rather pointless. If you want to get rid of the layer of fat around your middle, it’s worth putting on compound exercises for your whole body. Try squats, biceps curls, lunges or overhead presses. Bodyweight exercises that are based on the Plank, such as pushups and high plank knee-to-elbow movements are also a good idea.
In a nutshell, the problem with only crunches is that you stimulate only one area. This will cause an imbalance in strength between the back and front. This will cause back pain and a wrong posture over time. Do not forget that even a light running exercise will burn fat and work your sixpack.
2. YOU TRAIN YOUR BELLY MOMS EVERY DAY
Like any other muscle group, your abs need a recovery time! This does not mean that you should not activate your core during warm-up with exercises such as planks and inchworms. This should be done every time, as it will avoid tissues ruptures. Nevertheless, do not train a muscle group on consecutive days – not even your abdominal muscles! Allow them to rest.
3. YOU DO NOT AT ALL ABOUT YOUR DIET
Abdominal muscles are made in the kitchen. So pay attention to what you eat. There are many people who train three to five times a week, but have poor dietary habits and wonder why they simply can not reach their destination.
4. YOU MAKE A CRASH DIET
A diet that promises extremely fast weight loss almost always means that you gain weight just as quickly afterwards. Take your time – good things take time. Do not try to solve the fat issue around the middle section by trimming your eating habits. Stomach fat is considered to be the hardest fat storages to burn. Therefore take your time and exercise properly, the rest will follow.
5. SAME WORKOUT ROUTINE
Our body is really smart and adapts very quickly to a specific program. If you do the same workout for months at end, your progress will diminish.
6. YOU DRINK REGULARLY ALCOHOL
For many people, the extra calories they consume with the Saturday night drinks are not the main problem. It’s rather the food they shovel in after they go out: burgers, hot dogs, or a big pack of chips. You know the problem? It is not just the liquid calories that are responsible, but also the bad food.
7. Only LOW-INTENSITY STEADY STATE CARDIO
As mentioned in point 5: Add a little variety to your training schedule! When it comes to cardio, you should not always stay in slow running. Try it again and again with a HIIT training. HIIT and LISS training play an important role in the fat burning process.
Training seven days a week is not the answer. The real progress you make is during your off days. Exercising means stress for your body, but as long as you do not overdo it, it’s positive stress. But even from good stress, your body needs time to recuperate.
It’s one thing to have a stressful day. But if you get into a rush every day, then that can be a good reason for your six-pack to go away. Stress means less sleep, no time for healthy food and less time to exercise.