Our name can’t be ABS if we didn’t know a thing or two about how to train them. So, what should you do to sculpt your abs? Our expert personal trainers in Liverpool, Speke & Manchester have put some ideas together for you.
Can you get defined abs without directly training them?
Yes, not everybody with a six pack is getting it from thousands of reps on sit ups. To see your six pack you are going to have to get your body fat percentage low. If your body fat is low enough, abs can be visible. Ab muscles can also be indirectly trained with exercises including squats, deadlifts and chin ups.
Does that mean I don’t need to train my abs specifically?
We don’t think so! Remember, abs are a muscle and like every other muscle if you want them to grow, you need to train them directly. It is also crucial to building a strong core and not only about the aesthetics.
Aren’t abs made in the kitchen?
Your diet is a crucial part to attaining visible abs. If your body fat is too high, you won’t see your abs. But it is also important to train the muscles properly, if the muscles aren’t there, even with low body fat you might not see them.
ABS Training tips
Keep reps low. Between 10 and 15 reps is a good range. Contrary to what people think, using lower reps with higher weight is going to do a lot more for you than thousands of crunches.
Perform ABS in circuits of 2-4 stations with 30-45 seconds rest after each circuit.
Focus on breathing out hard on the contraction and squeezing on your ab muscles hard through the exercise.
Getting abs at ABS
If your body goal is to achieve a washboard set of abs, our team of personal trainers will be able to work with you to help you get there.
Recently our client Faye achieved this aim at our Manchester city centre facility. Over 16 weeks Faye lost an impressive 3.1kg (6.8lbs) and dropped 7% body fat to reveal a full set of abs.
Her trainer Simon said of Faye “She has been mega dedicated to every session and followed all our training & nutrition advice outside of sessions to the letter. Her results are so good, people in her local gym have asked her if she is a fitness professional”
If you want to get abs at ABS, book a free consult at one of our gyms to find out how we can help you.
If you have any more questions about training or nutrition, get in touch with our team by emailing: [email protected].
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