Surprisingly simple strategies for ripped abs
For most men and women, building ripped abs can be a lifetime ambition. However, it can be very difficult to achieve this goal due to various reasons.
The role of personal commitment and discipline
Personal commitment and discipline play an important role in the effort to build stronger abdominal muscles.
This is due to the fact that, the first obstacle that has to be overcome towards building strong abs is to start reducing fat that has been accumulated around the waist; otherwise there is no way for those abs to come to the surface.
And because eliminating fat can prove to be a hard task for many people, and that is where commitment and discipline play their role.
The truth is that, since belly fat does not happen overnight, it cannot be treated overnight.
It takes many years to build fat around the waist, and therefore, before embarking on any form of exercise that focuses on building ripped abs, one should take a more down-to-earth approach
Patience and persistence are required, in order to expect results to show, and be maintained in the long run, rather than instantly.
Can you commit yourself to sticking to a daily routine of, let’s say, 10 minutes a day, doing just ab-targeted exercises?
Believe or not, this could work wonders, and you would not even feel under pressure.
I believe that this is better than starting exercise by setting extremely ambitious fitness goals, and giving them up after a couple of days or so.
Take one step at a time
By taking one step at a time, you can move closer to your target without even realizing it.
Do you remember that Aesop’s fable talking about a race between the tortoise and the hare? Don’t be a hare, because you will never reach your goal!
How many sit-ups or abdominal crunches can you do on Day 1?
Even doing only one rep can be your starting point.
It’s still better than not doing any reps at all.
By doing a humble one rep every single day, you will soon find out (probably sooner than you may think) that in, let’s say, one week’s time, you will be able to increase the number of repetitions to two, and so on.
That’s it! Taking the first step is like winning half the battle.
Use a variety of exercises
Are you only familiar with sit-ups?
There are plenty of other highly effective ab exercises that can have the same, or even better, results than sit-ups.
OK, sticking to a single exercise every single day can make it easier for you to gradually increase your effort along with the number of reps.
However, you should always bear in mind that there can be other ab exercises that you can choose from.
Their results may amaze you!
You can watch a simple yet effective ab workout in the video below:
Using bodyweight exercises vs. using weights
I believe that what most people think about building abs is that it’s a fitness task that is mostly based on using bodyweight exercises.
In the end of the day, why should you use weights, when you can get fantastic results by simply using the weight of your body?
However, lifting weights can also help you build a set of sculpted abdominal to die for, so, by all means, if you have your own dumbbells or access to a gym, you should try making use of weight lifting exercises that focus on your ab muscles.
Using static vs. dynamic ab exercises
When talking about exercise and physical fitness, movement is the first thing that springs to mind, but what about static exercises that emphasize on building stronger abs?
In fact, static exercises can sometimes be easier to start with when trying to build abdominal strength; or, you can use them as a warm-up for dynamic moves.
In this way, you can get the best of both worlds
You could also try mixing static and dynamic ab exercises into a single workout session.
For example, you could start with a static exercise; then continue with a dynamic one, then another static exercise, and so on.
Even better, you can make up your own little circuit training workout consisting of exercises that target the abdominal area muscles.
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