Do you experience ever-growing frustration because your abs don’t show, despite of your constant training? There could be several reasons why this happens. The abs are part of your core muscular system and building it is surely not as simple as doing as many crunches as you can every day. Let’s have a look at the mistakes you could be making:
1. There’s fat that covers your abdominal muscles
Your muscles may be well developed, but they remain hidden underneath a wall of fat. This means that you need to start to ‘get cut’. It refers to burning fat without damaging muscle tissue in the process.
Clean up your diet and intensify your cardio if you want to achieve this. Abdominal fat is very persistent and will come off the last, also being the quickest to come back to you, so be patient and allocate several months for this goal. Resistance training with cardio and proper nutrition will help you burn that fat and reveal the six pack.
2. You don’t diversify your exercises
Note that your core area has a very complex muscular system. All those muscles, that go way beyond the well-known six packs, are interconnected and one stimulates the other. Aim to gain strength and stability, because this will power up your torso. To make these muscles pop, you will have to train from various angles. Online, you will find numerous exercise types that will add the much needed diversity to your routine.
3. Your exercises are too light
When you keep on exercises but the abs fail to show, intensity is the key. The harder the muscles work, the more the fiber is pushed to grow. People just focus on many reps but not on how intense their workout is. This is endurance training, but that’s not going to pump up your abs. Instead, changing the intensity level will make them grow. Involve weights in your core exercises, because they need exactly what the other muscle groups need. If you use weights to develop your arm, back and leg musculature, why wouldn’t you use them for the abs, too? Add plates, do cable crunches and keep increasing the difficulty.
4. You focus on your core only
You may think this is a food approach, but creating strong abs involves much more than that.
Yes, athletes do pay attention to their core muscles and train them every day, but they activate these muscles and grow them through exercise that involves other groups, too. Deadlifts, squats, or military presses are such kind of exercise. Don’t think that direct abs training is the only way. Doing this twice a week is enough, as long as you focus on the more complex types.
Abs gave been a symbol of strength and physical perfection for thousands of years. They should be engaged in training just like the rest of your body is. Don’t fall into the trap of ‘prioritizing’, because this is not going to deliver the results you expect.
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