When it comes to abdominal perfection – and we know there’s no such thing – the most coveted area tends to be the frustratingly elusive lower abs. For most people it is tremendously difficult to get the definition they so want.
Well, there are a few areas where people go wrong, but before we get to that, there’s one other issue we need to address…
The Myth of Lower Abs
There are no lower abs! At least, not as a separate muscle group. The abdominal region, or rectus abdominus extends the whole way from the ‘upper ab’ region to the ‘lower ab’ region.
Lower abs don’t exist as a separate muscle group – it’s all just abs.
However, just like you can work out different parts of the shoulder muscle, so too can you target the lower ab section with specific exercises.
Of course, that leads us to the next issue…
Recipe for Incredible Abs
Sculpting defined abs – and especially lower abs – is tough. But, as evidenced by the many impressive physiques we’ve all seen – it’s not impossible. The key to it all is to avoid falling for the number one fitness myth, thinking you can spot reduce fat.
In other words, it doesn’t matter how many ab exercises you do, if you’re not also cutting fat by doing cardio (including HIIT) and eating clean then you aren’t going to get that lean and sexy stomach you’re working towards.
If you’re looking for more in-depth information on how to lose belly fat, make sure you check out our 3 keys to losing belly fat. But to sum it up:
Don’t let a poor diet and lack of cardio ruin your hard work!
When you get those two down and combine it with a killer workout, you’ll see some amazing results. But where can you get such a killer workout? Glad you asked…
Choose 3 to 4 exercises.
Do 3 sets of 15 to 25 reps for each exercise.
Rest 60 seconds between sets.
If you’re at the gym, replace two exercises with these:
Hanging Leg Raise
Stability Ball Pike
Plank Row to Burpee
Your usual cool down and stretching.
Clean eating + strength training + cardio = great results!
In the interest of your safety, it is important to check with your physician before beginning any exercise program and to exercise according to your fitness level and capabilities. If you have any questions, please seek the guidance of a health professional.
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