5 Basics For A Lean Midsection

December 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Bareskin Towel, Diet, Fitness, tips, Weight Loss, Weight Training | 2 Comments
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Author: Dean Stalk

A lot of people start a fitness program with the dream of a flatter abdomen and tighter abdominals. A good looking midsection is the epitome of a healthy fit body. When you have that sleek midsection, you’re more confident, it feels great and you look your best. All are worthy fitness goals, but require a worthy effort to achieve.

Unfortunately, most individuals drop out soon after starting with no results and more desolate than before – falling victim to unrealistic expectations and lack of information. The common problem stems from not really knowing how to go about attaining the goal, what is required beyond area targeted exercises, and that abdominal exercises actually play a minor role in achieving the kind of body they want. If a flatter stomach and tighter abs interests you, consider some of these tips on how to truly go about it. These tips are going to save you time and help you get a lot better results.

#1 – Ease Into It.

When first starting out, one the most imperative things to remember is to ease into the training and not go overboard. If you injure yourself or find the exercises too challenging because you pushed too hard, you’re more likely to give up and not continue.

Begin with easy exercises that still challenge you and then progress slowly from there as you master the original movements. Progress the level of difficulty methodically as you gain sufficient strength and endurance.

#2 – Start With Some Cardio

It’s essential to mention performing hundreds upon hundreds of situps or ab crunches will not decrease belly fat and give you chiselled abdominals. It will be essential to perform fat burning activities for the entire body since your individual genetics will decide where and at what rate the fat will come off. Cardio activities like walking, jogging, cycling and swimming are excellent options to incorporate into your fitness regimen since they enable you to start the calorie burning process slowly and at your own pace.. Any cardio activity will do and makes a good foundation for a well-rounded fitness program.

#3 – Bring On The Metabolic Training

Once you’re comfortable with the cardio activities, it’s time to get a little more advanced and add some metabolic or interval training such as circuit workouts, bootcamp classes or suspension training. These workouts are meant to be performed at higher intensities for shorter periods, so you can increase your cardiovascular efficiency, ramp up your metabolic rate and burn more calories. Metabolic training is very effective because it works large muscle groups at 70% capacity and more and ultimately keeps your body out of it’s comfort zone. These types of workouts can and should be tough. If you’re doing more than two or three metabolic training sessions per week, you may be over doing it.

#4 – Now Tone Those Abs

Once you’re well-situated with the calorie burning part of your new ab program, it’s time to move to the next step. It’s time to add some isolated abdominal exercises to tone the muscles. Isolating the ab muscles is a technique where only using the ab muscles are involved in the exercise movement – keeping the use of any supporting muscles to a bare minimum. When performing these exercises, correct technique is crucial. You should feel the ab muscles contracting with each and every effort. If you don’t feel the contraction, then you need to amend your form because you likely haven’t isolated the abs sufficiently. As mentioned previously, ab exercises should be performed slowly with focused attention on proper form.

To be sure, proper breathing technique is another element (and often ignored) that is especially important during ab exercises. A common mistake for many is to hold their breath during the exercise. Holding your breath during any exercise will temporarily elevate your blood pressure and result in straining. Proper breathing form should accompany proper exercise form. Breathing out during the contraction will further contract the muscle and make the movement more effective. Inhale during the lowering phase of the exercise while keeping constant tension on the abdominals. The lowering phase should be smooth and deliberate just like the lifting phase.

#5 – Variety Increases Success

Lastly, variety also plays a immense role in any successful fitness program. A variety of exercises alleviates boredom, maintains motivation, and keeps things fresh and fun. When it comes to isolation exercises, performing a variety of movements allows you to work the abdominals from different angles and hit all regions.

One of the best pieces of exercise equipment that is excellent for both variety and motivation are body weight based suspension trainers. Suspension trainers (TRX ProPack, Jungle Gym XT, Human Trainer and the Freestyle Trainer Pro) enable users to perform literally hundreds of exercises that engage the abdominals and core area. Consequently, they are fantastic for metabolic and interval training which as mentioned previously, is a potent method for calorie burning. Have a look at the TRX Suspension Trainer review at FitnessCulture.org to learn more about suspension training.

A common element natural to any fitness goal, it’s important to remember, you are the one who will determine whether you will succeed. Henry Ford once mentioned, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right”. A positive confident attitude is the single most important factor to succeeding at anything you set out to do. With the right attitude, consistent training, a good diet, proper form and the appropriate amount of time, you will get the flatter stomach and tighter abs you desire. As an added bonus, you will get the substantial benefits being fit.

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About the Author

Dean is an avid triathlete, runner, climber, squash player and lifelong fitness enthusiast. He’s a freelance writer for Fitness Culture and TRX Training360 and loves to help others explore their fitness mojo through articles such as “What Is Suspension Training?” and the “TRX Suspension Trainer Review“.

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