Fit tips from an expert exercise physiologist
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WFTX - The most coveted muscle group on the human body happens to also be the topic that is most misunderstood in fitness; the abdominal muscles. The million dollar question; “What abdominal exercises can I do to obtain a flat stomach?” NONE.
No abdominal exercise or amount of repetitions will ever give you a flat stomach or the 6-pack of abs you want.
You could do 1,000’s of sit-ups a day for the rest of your life and never be able to visibly see your abs or, most importantly, flatten out your stomach.
Why you ask? We all have abdominal muscles; it’s simply a matter of if we can see them or not due to if an external layer of fat covering them.
You obtain a flat stomach and visible abdominal muscles over time by combining healthy eating, resistance training for
tone, and cardiovascular exercise to burn off the fat.
You know what they say; “Abs are made in the kitchen.”
Resistance training is extremely important and recommended, regardless of your gender. However, the myth out there is that women will “bulk up” if they resistance train. “I don’t want to bulk up, I just want to tone”. This cannot be further from the truth!
It is strictly based off of the hormonal difference between a man and a woman.
Men have testosterone which is much more efficient at building muscle tone and size while women have estrogen, which is not very conducive to building muscle.
“Toning” and “Building” muscle are the SAME THING. But as mentioned, the amount of toning and building will depend primarily on if you are male or female.
The key is to use PROGRESSIVE OVERLOAD, which is progressively increasing the weight lifted over time on any exercise to stimulate the muscles to tone and get stronger.
Give the muscles a reason to change! If an exercise gets easy, increase the weight.
Being stronger overall makes simple daily tasks much easier. Isn’t that what we all want?