If you stop into your local magazine store and take a glance at the various fitness or even for all intent purposes, any magazines. Every single magazine supposedly has the cure for stomach fat. I must admit that I actually get a real kick out of reading all of the catchy titles that the marketers of these magazines come up with. Some of them say just do THIS ab workout and you will melt fat from your belly. Some say that their abdominal plan is the most effective. All of that is just fine and dandy except for the simple fact that……………
Everyday people email me to get the answer to the age-old question of “What are the best core abdominal workouts for ripping tight six pack abs?”
If these magazines that claim their ab workout is the best, was indeed the best core workout than I would not be receiving as many emails as I am asking to explain the age old quest of eliminating belly fat.
I wish the magazines would actually be a bit more truthful and tell you that no ab workout will give you the six pack abs that you want. They should also tell you that crunches will not, I repeat WILL NOT burn belly fat. Point blank! If you want to burn belly fat and see your ab muscles than you must take a different approach than just starving yourself and doing crunches.
The problem is that focusing most of your time and effort on abdominal exercises and abs workouts to try to flatten your stomach and bring out 6-pack abs is simply wasting your time from doing the correct workout programs that will acutally reduce your body fat for good.
Below I have compiled a list of some exercises. These are not various forms of crunches, nor are they just random exercises that I pulled out of a hat. The exercises that you see below are non other than the most effective full body exercises that just about anybody would be able to learn.
various forms of squats, lunges, deadlifts, clean & presses, snatches, swings, presses and pulls, mountain climbers, sprinting, etc.
Believe it or not, the exerises that you see above are actually the same exercises that you would see me doing if you were to stalk me and follow me to the gym (I really hope you do not like reading my articles or my book that much that you would stalk me!!)
Don’t get me wrong ( I would take that as a compliment but…) well back to fitness….
As I was saying that I normally build my workouts around those moves that you see above, I will also very strategically perform various exercises that DO directly target the abs and core. However if you were to compare the amount of time I spend training my abs via “abdominal moves” vs the amount of time that my abs work via “regular exercises” such as the ones above, you would be surprised to see that I spend about 85% of my time doing the regular exercises.
Keep in mind that the most important factor for losing belly fat to see your abs is actually in the nutrition arena. No matter how hard you workout, if your diet is full of junk, then your abdominals will be covered with ugly fat. Nutrition is without a doubt the “king of getting a six pack”.
So let’s clear this up for good…
Stop wasting so much of your time focusing on situps, crunches, leg raises, and all those silly worthless “ab contraptions” in your efforts to try to develop 6-pack abs. Instead focus on high intensity full body lifts using combination multi-joint exercises all strategically combined into highly effective fat loss workouts. Couple that with a healthy diet (no more starving yourself) full of natural unprocessed whole foods as close to their natural state as possible, and those elusive six-pack abdominals will yours in no time!
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