Get Six-Pack Abs in Time for Summer With These Two Moves 

Get Six-Pack Abs in Time for Summer With These Two Moves 

You can’t sell tickets to the “gun show” without the six-pack to go with it. There is still time to get your abs ready for the summer and there is another good reason to get work on them—it boosts your overall workout performance. 

One of the most neglected of all ab muscles is the transversus abdominis but one of the most important because it stabilizes your lower back which helps with posture and back pain. Its also the deepest muscle in your abs and will also help with those deadlifts. 

The good news is that simply adding these exercises will help you work more than just your obliques and upper abs. 

First move: Planks.

If you are not used to doing these or don’t normally incorporate those into your workout it’s important to do them properly first rather than how long you hold one. Proper form starts with drawing your belly button towards the direction of your spine. Next, you will want to keep your hips lifted while engaging your core and your quad muscles. A good rule of thumb to avoid any neck pain or strain is to hold your chin approximately six inches from the front of your body. Here is a handy video demonstration on how-to-do the perfect plank.

Second move: The “dead bug.”

This effective exercise is probably a staple in your girlfriend’s pilates class but it’s really just another type of a hollow hold exercise technique. You start by laying on your back with your knees bent at 90 degrees and your feet in the air. Raise your hands in the air, and keeping your back pressed to the floor (eliminating as much or all space between your lower back and the ground), extend your right leg in front of you and allow your left to move over your head making sure to alternate with the opposite hand and leg motion. Start with 15 reps and work your way up from there. Check out this video on proper dead bug form. 

Last but not least remember to never incorporate a new diet or exercise plan without consulting your physician. 

Foods to Avoid at the Thanksgiving Table if You Want to Keep your Abs

Foods to Avoid at the Thanksgiving Table if You Want to Keep your Abs

Getting ripped abs is a dedication that actually starts at the dinner table not the gym and if you’ve busted your ass trying to get them, you will want to keep them by avoiding these foods at the Thanksgiving table. 

Refrain from refined grains.  There are actually great gains for gaining muscle and good carbs but it’s the refined grains that could cause fat to find its way your gut. So what are refined grains? Well, they are likely to be in your white-buttered rolls or white, fluffy rices and pastas. If they make their to your plate, just keep passing.

Beer and soda.   Soda and beers contain not only those tiny bubbles that will bloat you out in your favorite pants but will keep you feeling bloated the whole meal. There is also a shit ton of sugar in sodas so why waste those calories on a drink? If you want some alcohol with your meal, stick to a white wine that is dry. 

Mashed potatoes.   This is a tough one to pass on. Potatoes and especially white ones have a higher glycemic index than sugar! Why? Well, blame is on the amount of starch that white potatoes contain which is no good for maintaining those abs. If you must have some, a little dollop for taste will do. Otherwise, reach for the green beens instead. 

Processed sugars.   By now, we have all heard the word “processed” in our foods. Well, pre-packaged foods that sit on shelves and never age can age your body pretty fast. Many of these processed foods HAVE to contain sugar and sodium so they can stick to its shelf life. If it comes in a package and doesn’t spoil for several months or until the end of time, just avoid it. It’s better to go for fresh-baked cookies and keep em’ to a minimum. 

Don’t drop your workout routine.   It’s easy to skip out on workout routines when they are abruptly interrupted by family obligations or family drama. This is can especially challenging if you are traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday. Even if you are not “killing it” during these workouts, it’s easier to return to your normal routine when you are not completely MIA at a gym. Here’s a blog on how to get those six-pack abs in case you don’t have them but want them.

As always, never start a new diet or exercise plan without consulting your physician first. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving and kick-ass abs.