Summer is coming in the northern hemisphere so I bet there are a lot of you girls who want to get bikini ready with those sculpted abs. There are two components to getting a sculpted tummy. Number 1 is what you should be doing in terms of diet and exercise and number 2 is also what you shouldn’t be doing. So here are some of the most common mistakes I see when it comes to ab training that you need to stop today.
1. Just doing crunches
I can’t emphasise enough, doing one hundred, one thousand or one million crunches is not going to give you abs. In fact crunches is probably one of the least effective exercises for getting that toned waistline. They definitely have their place in an exercise routine but they won’t give you that six pack you desire. Abs is all about doing different exercises that engage the core in different ways. That’s why in my latest F.I.T. phase 3 program, you will be given a range of different core exercises that target different areas on your abdominal region, not just crunches.
2. Doing abs every day
When you have a goal of getting abs it’s easy to want to work them everyday. I see girls take on the mindset that the more they work their abs, the quicker they think they will get them. However in order to get results you really do need to give your muscles time to recover and repair. So doing crunches everyday is not going to give you the results any quicker. Make sure you take time in between working your abs with some “ab rest days”.
3. Thinking you can plank out your bad diet
Even if you have the best exercise routine, that does all the right stuff training wise you will not get those abs if you don’t match your exercise routine with a smart diet. There is that saying that abs are made in the kitchen, well whilst they aren’t solely made in the kitchen what you eat does have a big part to do with whether or not you get that flat toned tummy. Having visible abs all comes down to body fat percentage and you can’t keep that down if you have a poor diet. Refined carbs are some of the worst for this. So steer clear of white bread, pasta, white rice and sugar and replace them with complex carbs like quinoa, brown rice, sweet potato and oats.
4. Not working the whole abdominal region
It’s important that when you want abs, you work the whole abdominal region not just a singular area. You can do this by making sure you vary your ab exercises and routine on a regular basis. I repeat DO NOT JUST DO CRUNCHES!!
5. Starting with abs
One of the worst mistakes you can do is work your abs at the beginning of your exercise routine. You need your core stabalised throughout your other exercises to protect yourself, so if you work your abs first you can fatigue the abdominal region and risk injury. That’s why in my latest F.I.T phase 3 program we will always work your abs at the end.
6. Only doing isolated ab exercises
Don’t just focus on isolated ab exercises in your workout routine. It’s so important to incorporate other compound exercises like deadlifts, squats and overhead presses that also work the whole abdominal region. That way you are getting other body parts working whilst also working your core. So make sure you include these larger compound exercises into your exercise regime.
Getting tight toned abs is like winning a trophy for all your hard efforts at the gym. Which is exactly why I’ve dedicated a whole section of my F.I.T. program to working the core in F.I.T. Phase 3. This program has been designed to focus on your upper body and giving you a chiseled core. So if you want those bikini abs for summer, I suggest checking it out.