Reasons Why Your Abs Aren’t Showing
It’s funny when people say “why don’t I have abs?” Because that’s like saying you don’t have triceps. Your abdominals are just like any other muscle in your body and need to be trained. If you have only been doing crunches every morning and still not seeing the results you want, keep reading. Find out which mistakes you are making and how you can fix them.
1. You Have Too Much Body Fat
It’s important to remember that nutrition plays a huge role in uncovering those abs. If you have too much body fat surrounding your abdominals, you will never find your 6 pack. Food is fuel, so eat the proper recommendations that you need for energy and muscle recovery.
2. You Don’t Give Your Abs A Rest Day
In all honesty, you train your abs without realizing it. If you have ever done a single deadlift or military press, you were working that core. Typically you need 48 hours to recover your muscles. So, if you are training your abs every day, you are not allowing enough time for your abs to heal in between sessions.
3. Learn To Spice Up Your Routine
If you are trying to grow your biceps, you wouldn’t do 100 bicep curls, so doing 100 crunches is actually doing you an injustice. In order to get that toned definition that you want, learn which exercises help target the rectus abdominous, internal and external obliques, the transverse abdominals, and the muscles on the back side.
4. You Are Not Amping Up The Intensity
Just like any other muscle in the body, the abdominals can hit a plateau because you are simply not increasing the intensity. Start adding resistance to your exercises like resistance bands, plates, or dumbbells. Since you want your abs to show, you want to train for muscle hypertrophy. This means that you will be typically doing 8-12 reps for each exercise.
5. You Don’t Sleep Enough
Eight hours might not be possible, but rack up as many hours as you can. People who don’t get enough rest overeat by at least 300 calories. If you don’t catch enough z’s, you are going to be craving junk food and sweets all day. Try to establish a night time routine that will help you destress and fall asleep faster. Recovery is a huge part of building the body of your dreams.
What are your tips for toning up those abs?
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