So you want to work on defining your ab muscles so that they are stronger and more visible? A lot woman are under the understanding that in order for abs to show up, you must directly target your ab muscles.
YES you want to be doing some resistance training that targets the area of your core but one thing to keep in mind is that not only must you have a clean diet, you must also target every single muscle in the body and reduce fat so that area becomes leaner and more defined. In other words, if you do not have a clean diet, your core muscles will never show.
You know that saying, ” Abs are made in the kitchen” Well this is absolutely true! If you have an amazing core training program and your diet is primarily focused on sugars, and fast acting carbs. You are bound to never ever see your beautiful abs. You can do a gazillion crunches and have a strong amazing core, but if your diet is not on point, you will never see those abs appear. So having a complete, clean nutrition is key.
Here are 5 ab focused exercises that require no equipment and can be done anytime, anywhere!
Front plank – This isometric exercise not only targets the rectus abdominus (abs), it also targets the transversus abdominis and erector spinae, meaning it targets your abs at the same time as balancing them with your lower back.
Tuck under side planks – Much like the normal plank, the side plank with a tuck under still targets your abs and lower back, with the added benefit of working your obliques and hip flexors too.
Bicycle crunch – The bicycle crunch is a fantastic way of targeting your abs and at the same time working both your internal and external obliques.
Double leg raises – This is another practice that shouldn’t be underestimated. The isometric use of the abdominal muscles, to stabilize the body during movement, provides a powerful ab workout.
V-Ups – This is another great ab targeting exercise that will simultaneously work your abs and back muscles, giving you an overall core workout.