Summer is officially here and it’s time to hit the beach or get ready for that family vacation. Summer means all types of things – bathing suits, barbecues, and nights out. Sometimes it can be hard to stay on track with your fitness and nutrition goals when you’re spending more time out of the house. However, there are simple things to think about when you’re trying to achieve that strong core and six pack abs.
Being able to achieve those six pack abs means being in a calorie deficit day to day. Walking is going to be your best friend. While you are performing your strength training, cardio and ab workouts on a daily basis getting stuck on the couch after will kill your goals. So keep on moving throughout the day. Go for walks, play some recreational sports, or find something that you enjoy doing to keep yourself walking.
High Intensity Interval Training:
High Intensity Interval Training workouts are workouts that incorporate all out effort for short durations followed by longer rest periods. For example, you will perform an exercise for 20 seconds then rest for 30-40 seconds. These types of workouts are a great way to burn fat and help achieve your six pack abs.
Full Core Workouts:
Your core is made of many different muscle groups that work in different ways so make sure to train your abs in different ways. Crunches are great but if that is all you do you are missing out on others to help build that six pack. Make sure to work in different planes of motions to target those abdominal muscles with exercises such as Russian Twists, Dead Bugs, Bird Dogs, and many others.
Patience and Control:
Building that six pack is going to take some time so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see them right away. The best thing you can do is be consistent with your workouts, staying moving, and with what you are eating. Those six pack abs won’t come with poor nutrition.
Written by GUADS staff member Patrick with contributions from www.liftlearngrow.com