The New Year is still young, and if you’ve decided to make this your year for losing the weight and tightening your abs, you’re in luck.
Getting a flat midsection really boils down to two things: 1) Getting rid of the fatty layer that is covering your abdominal muscles; and 2) Tightening and toning your abdominal muscles.
But how do you do that?
The following 7 Tips (straight from successful phx360 members) are your best bet at tightening your belt in 2018.
Member Tip #1: “Stop eating junk.”
Processed foods, refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup do NOT belong in your diet if, especially if you want tight abs. Cutting these items from your diet will allow your body to maintain stable blood sugar levels, alleviating your body’s need to store excess sugar away in fat cells.
The fat stores created by excess sugar intake most often accumulate around your waist, covering up your abdominal muscles. Cut these items from your diet and replace them with real whole foods such as lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and fruits.
Once upon a time, a member asked, “How do I stop eating cookies at night?” Another member replied. “Stop buying them.” It’s really that simple.
Member Tip #2: “Lift heavy weights”
Perform challenging strength training exercises at least three times each week. Your abs are like any other muscle in your body—they need to be consistently challenged in order to become stronger and tighter. The heavier you lift, the more they engage!
Member Tip #3: “Stop doing long and boring cardio.”
Instead, use HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for your cardio workouts. HIIT training uses intense bursts of cardio peppered throughout your workout. This is a sure-fire way to rev up your metabolism and to get your fat stores to shrink.
Our members love/hate explosive battlerope, sled-pushing, medicine ball, kettlebell swing additions to workouts to get their metabolism cranked!
Member Tip #4: “NEVER take weight loss pills or starve yourself.”
Don’t be fooled. The market is flooded with ‘lose weight’ products and products that claim to flatten your stomach. Never waste your time or money on:
- So-called packaged health food that comes with weight loss claims. If it’s processed in a package with a bunch of chemical additives then it will not help you achieve flat abs.
- Abdominal exercise gimmicks as sold on late night infomercials – all you really need is your own body weight, an exercise ball and dumbbells or a medicine ball.
- So-called weight loss supplements. The magic pill for flat abs doesn’t exist, so you’d be wasting your health and money on a bogus product.
Member Tip #5: “Target your abs one day of the week.”
It’s easy to neglect your abs/core, but they are an important part of the equation. Upgrade your ‘rest day’ into a core and stretching day (you know you aren’t stretching).
Every Wednesday, all our bootcamps are core-based just so everyone knows the difference between a strong core and a weak one! 😉
There you have it! Five solid tips that, when diligently applied, will help you shed the fat and tighten your abs.
But, keep in mind that your results will be seriously hindered if you do the same exercise routine over and over. Your abs need a progressive challenge in order to transform. This means new exercises, different resistance and increased challenge.
Call or email today to get started in S.W.E.A.T. Bootcamp and started on a Registered Dietitian Nutrition program at Phoenix 360 that will challenge you, motivate you and transform your body.
Availability is limited — act now and achieve a slimmer you once and for all in 2018.