Have you ever wondered what some of the secrets are to getting abs?
Many fitness programs out there will try to sell you workout plans and routines to get you rock-solid abs but here’s the hard truth: abs are one of the hardest muscles to get and crunches, sit-ups and planks will NOT get you there alone.
Now I’m not saying to not do ab workouts, because they do, in fact, help to strengthen your core.
But relying solely on those workouts will not give you the abs you are expecting.
So, let’s get into what people aren’t telling you about abs, shall we?
Getting Ab Muscles Depends on 3 Things
Nutrition (yep, we know this one)
Healthy cardio (everyone’s favorite right?) and…
Wait whaaat?! You are probably wondering why at this point but hear me out, my friend.
You NEED to be weightlifting if you want to get defined abs.
When you are lifting a weight that provides resistance, whether that be a bicep curl or deadlift, you are engaging ALL of your ab muscles (and you might not even know it!).
But let me make this more simple by giving you an example!
Bicep Curl Example
So let’s say you are about to perform a bicep curl with some heavy weights.
When you start to lift the weight, you focus your mind on trying to only use your bicep to lift that 20 lb up.
However, at the same time, you are using your abs to stabilize your core so the rest of your body doesn’t move.
We don’t want the quads or hamstrings to move while doing a bicep curl, right?
Not only that but when you start to focus your mind to tell yourself to actively engage the abs, you will help yourself even more to defining those ab muscles.
Now, you are probably thinking, well what if we have no access to gyms or dumbbells?
Well, my friend, it’s time to get #creative! You can literally use ANY kind of weight, it doesn’t have to be a dumbbell!
It can be a water jug, detergent bottle, an empty bottle full of sand, or ANY household item you can find that provides some sort of added weight.
Also notice how I didn’t say anything about ab workouts in there.
You are probably scratching your head like whaaat?
But as I said earlier, ab exercises, like planks and crunches, will not get you abs alone.
However, they ARE good for strengthening.
Ab workouts are still important to incorporate into your exercise plan because they still help to strengthen your core.
We want a strong core so we are able to perform more exercises and lift heavier weights without stumbling over!
Once you start weightlifting (on top of some healthy cardio and eating a balanced diet), not only are you strengthening the muscle group you are targeting for that workout, but you are also building muscle in your abs.
Final Thoughts On Getting Abs
Although it seems counterintuitive, weightlifting can greatly help in achieving the abs you have always wanted! The key is to keep being consistent. Try to lift weights at least once or twice a week to start seeing some results.
I hope you found this post helpful and have more insight on how to get the abs you have always wanted!