Are Ripped Abs At The Top Of Your Goal?
Ripped abs are like hitting the lottery for most people. The vast majority of people will do everything they can to get abs, but they’re not seeing results. In reality, personal trainers can only do so much to help you get the abs they seemingly have all throughout the year; they need you as a client after all.
If you want to get ripped abs fast, you need to be dedicated and realize that fast only happens if you’re already semi-fit. Otherwise, if you have a lot of weight to lose, this is not a fast process.
Let’s delve into some of the secrets that your personal trainer is not sharing with you.
You Already Have a Decent Set of Abs
Whew. Who knew that you already had abs? Most people will spend the vast majority of their time trying to work their abs, but the truth is that this will not help you see your abs better. This may be confusing, but let’s talk about a little bit of science and body fat.
Men’s abs start showing at 10 or 11 percent body fat, while women’s abs start showing at 16 – 19 percent body fat. If you have 24 percent body fat, no amount of ab exercises will be able to help you see your abs. In reality, your ab muscles can be stronger than Mr. Olympia, but if you have too much body fat, you’ll never see them – ever.
It’s Mostly About Your Diet
Many people, myself included, believe that a ripped six pack is made in the kitchen. Yes, if you’re below the body fat levels above, diet becomes less important. First and foremost, you need to analyze your body fat and work on ways to reduce this. Ultimately, you’ll come across one or two scenarios.
- Your diet is horrible, and you need a complete overhaul.
- You need to alter your workout because your diet is spot on.
Shannon Clark has a great article on BodyBuilding.com that discusses the dietary needs for the ultimate, ripped 6 pack.
If you fall into scenario 2, you’ll need to alter your workout to ensure that you’re burning as much calories as possible. Adding sprints or running into your workout is a great idea because it will allow you to burn calories at a rapid pace.
Those that hate running can incorporate HIIT into their routine. By following HIIT, you’ll burn more calories in the same amount of time or less. This is optimal for losing body fat.
If you’re unwilling to change your diet, you won’t succeed.
Ripped Abs Come After Visibility
Once your abs start to show, you can then worry about the look of your abs. This is when you’ll want to take the time to re-evaluate your diet and really ramp up your ab workout. There are two areas where you’ll likely have problems: your lower abs and oblique muscles.
The trick to having a ripped stomach and having one where your abs start showing is:
- Dropping 2 – 3 percent more body fat. Ideally get into the 8-9% body fat range, but for a lot of us 10% or 11% will get them popping.
- Performing the right workouts for definition.
Once your canvas is available for the world to see, it’s time to add in the fine details and finish your masterpiece. This means that the true challenge begins now. Following a ripped abs workout will require immense dedication. A workout will:
- Include numerous, often 8 or more, exercises.
- Will be unconventional, breaking away from the normal 3 sets of 10 routine.
- Work upper and lower abs effectively.
- Go beyond basic sit-ups and crunches.
You need to perform exercises, such as:
- Reverse crunches
- Bicycle crunches
There are numerous exercises that can and should be performed to thoroughly work your abdominals. Ripped abs require immense dedication.
You Don’t Need a Trainer
The vast majority of people spend money trying to get ripped abs, but they don’t need to spend money on a trainer. A trainer is there to show you the proper techniques and to advise you of what you should do. With abs, there are numerous articles and guides that will have you going from beer belly to six pack without needing to go to the gym or seeing an expensive trainer.
The Truth About Six Pack Abs is one of the programs I personally recommend for a well-rounded approach to getting the abs you desire.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get off your computer and get the abs you’ve always wanted. For a quick summary, you should start by:
- Analyzing your body fat.
- Analyze your current diet.
- Adapt your diet to ensure body fat loss.
- Refine your workouts to achieve the sculpted ab look.
That is our four-part summary of what you need to do to achieve a six pack. Sounds simple enough, right? In theory, it is. But it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve and maintain a ripped set of abs.
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