Some say “Nay” to ripped abs on a female but I say “Yay”. When I first started working out I just wanted my abs to be flat. No tummy bulge or food gut after a meal? You can see the allure. But as time has gone on I want to bare the mark of hours spent at the gym.
Some are genetically predisposed to having what is referred to as “the V” or “Loin of Adonis”. This doesn’t mean you can’t have sik abs though. I was scouring through some bodybuilding websites and collected some wonderful tips to get your tummy cut! Bodybuilding mags are the place to go for tips on how to achieve a certain look, because while most fitness mags focus on health and toning up, bodybuilders are pretty upfront about wanting to look a certain way. If you’re feeling frustrated trying to makeover your bod I highly recommend that you pick up some Bodybuilding magazines and tailor their suggestions for your needs.
Now, bring on the tips!
Tip #1: Trim the Fat
To see stomach muscles you have to get rid of the layer of fat covering them. The best way to do that is to clean up your diet. Nix processed foods, excess fat and sugar. Stick to whole foods. We’re talking lean protein, green veggies, fruit and a little grains-but not much. Use fats that are healthy for your heart, like olive oil and avocado, but make sure you watch the servings on this stuff.
Tip #2: Bottoms-Up
While you’re eating clean you want to make sure to drink clean. Alcohol, sugary fraps from Starbucks and juice should be in the garbage-not your tummy. If you can’t bare to part with Thirsty Thursdays stick to clear alcohol like vodka mixed with seltzer and lime. Oh, and don’t drink more than two. One would be better.
You should be drinking lots of water. We’re talking 8-to-10 8oz glasses a day. You may need more depending on how much you workout, but water is not an option. It will help digestion, flush out toxins, and keep you hydrated.
Tip #3: Cardio is as Cardio Does
If you want to get lean enough to show all the muscle you’re building your going to have to burn fat. Aim for intense cardio 5-6 days a week for 45 minutes to an hour.
If being on a treadmill or bike seems unbearable take a class or go swimming. Just think endurance. You got to hit the fat burning zone and that’s not going happen strolling down the street.
Tip #4: Train Your Abs with Weights
Following tips 1-3 will help flatten your stomach but to get ripped you’re going to have to strength training. Abs are one of the few muscles you can work back to back, so feel free to include ab exercises in your daily routine.
For a sample of ab exercises, click here.