Everything you need to know follows.
Almost every time I’m in the gym I see a guy doing 1000’s and 1000’s of tiny sit ups trying (I presume) to lose weight/flatten his stomach. The time and effort in my opinion are all in vain.
I’m going to get straight to the point here so I don’t waste any of your time. Here are YPT’s 6 top tips for a six pack.
- First you need to drop your body fat percentage to around 12% or less, for a man and approximately 18% for a woman. This for most is no easy task. You can achieve this with a vigorous exercise plan alongside a sound nutritional program.
- You cannot choose where you want to lose body fat from. Fat loss occurs systemically, meaning you can’t control where it comes off. When you burn fat for energy, you will draw it from all parts of the body. The first place you put it on will be the last place you lose it from.
- So now you know you can’t choose where you lose fat from, it’s pointless wasting time on sit ups if you have excess body fat to loose. There is no point in having solid abs if they are covered in fat. So squat, swim, bench press, run, try multi-joint compound exercises along with a balanced diet low in sugar, salt, carbohydrate and saturated fat to help bring your body fat down to the ideal percentage.
- Ok, so your body fat is receding nicely and you’ve started working your abdominals. Which exercise is the best for your abs I hear you cry! Well, all of them! Â Hit your abs from every possible angle, from deep core exercises to superficial abdominal exercises. Go for a combination of high resistance and low reps and also the opposite low resistance high reps (max 20) and always use a full range of motion.* Make sure all exercises are done after a thorough warm up.
- YPT’s top abdominal exercise is a decline crunch with weighted resistance. Be sure to extend and contract your abs like an accordion to their full range of motion with each repetition.
- Don’t just work the Rectus Abdominus. Include all the surrounding muscles too to create a balanced effect. External Abdominal Obliques (love handles), Serratus Anterior Inferior (muscles around your ribs) should all be included in your workout.
*Look out for my free tutorial videos showing you a wide range of exercises for every part of the body coming to YouTube soon!
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