ike Geary – Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer – Interviewed by Geovanni Derice
GD: Mike, you know that there are so many things going on out there as to what works out and what does not work…Tell us if there are 3 things that works well to get flat abs, what would they be?
MG: The foremost and the important thing to get flat abs is to have a balanced diet. Exercise is the key, but your diet is the king when it comes to reducing your fat content hence you can develop the abs you hope for.
These days you find lots of confusion in knowing the perfect diet plan that gives you less fat. After all we are escalated with conflicting messages shown by the media about what is healthy and what is not, and all those variety of diet books about low carb, low fat, high protein, vegetarian, fasting, atkins, south beach, liquid diets, and more. There is so much of conflicting information that the average consumer does not even asses himself where to start when it comes to eating for fat loss.
Next thing that works in favour is to concentrate on the intensity of your workouts and focus on working the whole body to get the desired metabolic response to wipe that stomach fat off your system. In order to become lean and streamlined, the workouts should have high intensity style with short rest periods, stretching the large muscle groups instead of emphasizing small muscles like the biceps, triceps, or calves.
Now let us discuss on how to actually train to get the abs. If you want strong results, I would always recommend forgetting the crunches and sit-ups for the most part. It’s ok for someone who already has some good workouts but most people who don’t have training under their belt need a much better stimulus for their abs than crunches. Crunches is one of the abs exercises that provide the least amount of resistance and remember that this resistance is what helps in developing and tuning the muscles.
I have given lots of great abs exercises in my book, but one of the best resistance exercises for the abs is hanging leg raises (but NOT the way you see most people at the gym doing them). The key to do this is to actually work the hell out of your abs by curling your pelvis up as you raise your legs. Often no one does this right. Frankly speaking, majority of people cannot do this initially but I have given some strategies in the book so as to how to progress by doing this correctly.
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