Ab classes will never get you abs!
There, I said it and we can end this discussion now.
I am asked all of the time how people can get better, flatter, and more visible abs. It’s the #1 area people want to improve.
Go into any gym and you’ll see thousands of crunches, situps, ab machine whatevers, and so on. Do those people have visible abs? Usually not.
Abs classes are prevalent in almost any commercial gym, and members flock in search of the six pack that will never be. You see, getting abs comes from OVERALL reduction in body fat. You already have abs – you just need to lose the fat on top of them to see them!
While fun, abs classes are a farce…no matter how much it burns.
So then if ab classes will never get you abs, how do you get them? Here are the secrets:
1) Nutrition first. That’s right. You’re thinking wah-wahhhh, but it’s true. Visible abs require a fairly low body fat percentage.
Eat unprocessed foods. Minimal sugar, minimal unnecessary starches. Tons of protein, lots of healthy fats, and of course, veggies and fruits. Give your body what it needs and leave out the things that it doesn’t. It’s simple, but not easy.
2) The right exercises. I have found that heavy lifts – like squats, push-ups, deadlifts, pull-ups, and all kinds of plank variations work best. Why? Because they require stability and power, and that’s what your abs are for.
When you lie on your back, no stability is required, and while sit-ups can be fun and good for sculpting once you’ve already cut a good amount of body fat, they will never get you a visible 6 pack.
It’s not unusual for our clients to request more ab work because they do not realize that the majority of exercises (even things like pushups!) are working their abs way more than a sit-up ever could. You may not feel the burn as much, but I promise it’s working.:)
To summarize, ab classes will never get you abs. To get abs you need to lose overall body fat. You can’t spot-reduce fat, which is why sit-ups will never lead to visible abs if your nutrition isn’t in a place where you are able to drop body fat.
In conclusion, get your nutrition right, lift progressively heavy the right way, work core stability drills, and voila! Abs!
To Your Success!