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It’s a new year and beach season will be here before you know it. So what are you going to wear, a flabby stomach or, one made of steel? Do you want people to think you’re carrying a baby above your swimsuit, or a washboard? If your stomach needs some work, you’ve got time. And we – we’ve got the techniques to help you. The following are the secret ingredients to getting a stomach that’ll go with whatever you’ll be wearing this summer, or if you decide to wear nothing at all.
Brush Your Teeth
Huh? Brush your teeth? What do teeth have to do with abs? Well, if you practice standing on one leg while brushing every morning, you’ll be working those abs because as you try to balance, you’ll be working your core. Just don’t try this at the public urinal.
If you’re looking for fast results, and who isn’t, you’ll need to amp up the intensity. Try training your abs 3 times a week, at least. If you can do 50 crunches today, next week, aim for 75 – and so on until you’ve got abs of steel.
Crunch Some Vitamin C
Studies have shown that low levels of vitamin C slow your body’s ability to turn fat into energy. So it’s recommended that you take at least 500mg of vitamin C a day. By doing this, the science has shown that you’ll burn 40% more fat when working out.
You may not know this, but your abs is one of the strongest muscles in your body. They can easily handle more than your own bodyweight. So to really put them to work, you’ll need to add weight. Try holding a 10lbs weight or medicine ball when doing your crunches.
Prepare For A Punch
That’s right, pretend you’re about to get socked in the stomach by a pro boxer. If you’re on the subway, sitting at your desk, or picking out fruit at the grocery store, imagine someone is about to punch you and tense your abs up. This is the training outside your training that’ll make all the difference.
So few people realize how important sleep is to their fitness goals. If getting in shape were a pie chart, 70% of it is what you eat, 15% is your workout, and the remaining 15% is sleep. Look at that, sleep is just as important as your workout – so make sure you get at least 8 hours of it.
Eat A Burger
I bet you can’t believe your eyes. Eat A burger??? Yes! A study out of Cornell University found that those who workout and upped their weekly intake of zinc, magnesium, and protein to 500mg – which just so happens to be found in about five burgers – increased fat burning by over 20%. And it’s fat that’s what’s really getting in the way of you seeing your abs.
Do It Last
Working your abs can be quite taxing to your energy. They need to be worked out over many sets doing high reps, which can drain you. So when you hit the gym – do your cardio first, weights second, and your abs, last.