For many people developing those sculptured abs muscles that are accredited by the ladies and friends alike can be an elusive goal. There are some popular misconceptions about ab workouts and exercises that are commonly used to achieve the end result.
One of the most common misunderstandings is that doing crunches is one of the best ways to develop those abs, however, crunches simply do not exercise the right muscles and the results will be disappointing. Another reason why people include crunches in their workout is that they falsely believe that this is the way to lose belly fat. But crunches just do not burn enough calories to make a significant dent in losing belly blubber.
Most trainers will recommend full body workouts and full body ab workout routines together. This is the main exercise combination that will trim the fat as well as develop flat, toned abs.
Speaking of calories
It is rather pointless to work on developing smooth, trim abs if all your efforts will be hidden by excess fat around the belly. If this is your situation you will not only need to do the full body exercise routines as stated but you'll have to cut out consuming all those calories that contributed to the problem in the first place.
If you are honest to eat junk food and those 'convenient' prepackaged foods that are stacked on supermarket shelves you will need to change your eating habits. Read the labels and ask yourself if it's really worth all those calories and fat.
So instead of the junk you'll need to focus on fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Snacking, especially at night can also torpedo your weight loss effort. Alcohol is loaded with calories and if you tend to over indulge back back will also help.
OK – so much for the diet. I think you get the idea. You can get started on your abs workouts and at the same time work on losing the weight.
What exercise routines are best for developing toned abs?
Reaching your goal of having beautiful, flat, ripped abs requires work and dedication. Do not expect overnight results as it will take several months of consistent effort.
Here's some recommendations:
Do full body workouts and full body ab routines that will get rid of stomach fat and firm up those abs. Make sure you slow down and flex or brace your abs every time you go through your routine. Often people are in a hurry to get through it. You need to brace your abs during every exercise routine not just ab exercises. Bracing means to tighten your abs like you were about to be hit in the stomach.
Avoid isolation exercises such as crunches and sit ups. Instead focus on core muscles which will help to burn fat and strengthen abdominal muscles.
The exercise ball has proven to be helpful in developing abs. It may take a little time to learn how to use it, however, the benefits make it worthwhile. There are instructions readily available on how to use this tool so you should have no trouble finding help.
The ab roller is a specialized device specifically created to develop ab muscles.
Finally, if you have the time and can afford a gym membership, the available exercise equipment along with personalized instruction will go a long way in helping you reach your goal of building lean, toned, abs that many strive for but never achieve.