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What develops your Abs?

Abdominal workouts don't have to be as hard as you think. Did you know you could work out your abdominals just 2 to 3 times a week or less and get desirable results? Most fitness trainers are well aware of this fact, but to some, that may be a bit of a surprise.

Most people believe to get ripped abdominals, you have to work out a lot, but that's simply not true. In this article, I will explain the most effective method at getting the results you want and explain facts that you may not be aware of:

1. Exercising your abdominals too often is bad: The reason is because your abdominals (like all your muscles) need time to recover. By working them out too often you are not allowing enough time for your abdominal muscles to recover. This is why working them out 2 to 3 times a week is ok because you are not straining your abdominals. Anymore unnecessary workout to your core would just be ineffective and perhaps cause injury or muscle tear and depletion. Also, you muscles develop when they are given enough time to recover so this will further strengthen your abdominals the next time you work out. But by not allowing enough time, your muscles have no chance to recover and strengthen.

2. Do more anaerobic exercises instead of Cardio: Although Cardio workouts can be beneficial; they probably won't help you much at developing a six pack. Anaerobic exercises, or high intensity exercises involving weights or other highly intense activities such as Basketball, can be beneficial at increasing your metabolic rate. This in turn will help you burn off calories faster. The benefits of anaerobic exercises are that the high intensity last longer than Cardio. It can increase your metabolic rate even after you finished working out, up to 2 days. This means your metabolism is still at work burning off calories long after you finished working out. With Cardio, since the intensity is usually low, the benefit only carries over for 1 to 2 hours after you finished working out.

3. Work out all your Large Muscle Groups: The more you work out other larger muscle groups, the more all your muscles with benefit. By increasing your overall muscle helps at burning fat. The more you can you lower your fat percentage, the more you abdominals with begin to show. This is why it's beneficial to work all your large muscle groups so you can continue burning fat and reveal your abdominals. And also, everyone has abdominals. It's only because they are hidden under a layer of fat is why they're not revealed.

4. Effective exercises for Abs: These are exercises that focus on more stimulation to the abdominals and are more effective. An example would be an abdominal wheel, because it requires more work as far as balancing yourself and performing the motion correctly. The motion with an abdominal wheel also requires you to use more of your abdominal strength to maintain your balance. The result is you are using more of your ab muscles and working them harder and more effectively.


In addition, maintaining discipline and having a good diet is also important. Knowing something is not useful unless you put it to work. Try to find time and workout at least 45 minutes a day. Or you may decide to start with 45 minutes every other day. Whatever you choose to do, make a good habit of it and you will reach your goal.

Need more advice on cardio and abdominal exercises? Hire a personal trainer! If you live in Toronto you could hire me as your personal trainer.

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