CrossFit Inside Out’s Guide To Training Abs And Shrinking Mid-lines!
Beach season is on the horizon so it’s almost time to pull out those bathing suits! And since we live at the beach we have plenty of opportunities to hit the beach, take the boat out, or lay out by the palm tree island.… Below are some tips to get you those 6 pack abs and shrink your mid-line!
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Eat Real, Whole Foods
The number one way to get solid abs and flat stomach happens in the kitchen. You may have heard the saying, “You can’t out train a bad diet!”. This is true news! In other words, If you wanna get those beach worthy abs, you need to focus on your nutrition.
Here’s where you should start:
- Stay away from the SUGAR!
Yep, I said It! Start by working to eliminate all those processed sugars from your diet. Yes even the diet drinks. 🙂
- Start cutting out all those unnecessary refined carbohydrates (pastas, bread, rice, etc.)
Bread turns to glucose in your body. Glucose is another word for sugar. If we are eliminating sugar, we need to eliminate refined carbs as well.
Here’s what a basic plate could look like.
- A lean protein should be the staple of your meal.
- Veggies, veggies, veggies is next on the list!
- Include a starchy vegetable. Sweet potatoes, quinoa, and brown rice are great options too.
High Intensity Interval Training
It’s no secret that HIIT is one of the best ways to burn that unwanted fat, especially belly fat! So why is this style of training so effective? For one it’s way more time efficient. Since you can get a lot more work accomplished in less time, you are more likely to get it done! No more excuses. You CAN fit a workout in. Plus, it’s way more fun than using some awkward machine or jumping on an elliptical for 45-60 minutes!
Secondly, the results and effect your body continues to receive after your workout is completely astonishing. Studies show that your body continues to burn calories even up to 24 hours following a HIIT session. Any good ‘businessman’ knows that is a great return on investment!
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Start Strength Training
I know, I know…you’re more than likely saying, “But I don’t want to get bulky!” This is probably the number one thing my coaches and I hear as fitness professionals when talking with potential clients about strength training. Be assured, you can train free weights and the basic core lifts without having the fear of getting ‘bulky’! Training free weights and the core lifts will directly impact your mid-line like no other.
When using machines to squat, press, or pull, it is very easy to do so without engaging your core. In comparison, using free weights while performing the basic lifts correctly, will demand that you use the mid-line for stability and have you building lean muscle mass in no time. Building lean muscle mass is an absolute must in removing that unwanted belly fat and getting six-pack abs. The more lean muscle mass you have the higher your resting metabolism will be, which results in burning more calories to maintain all that muscle.
Very similar to HIIT, you can also expect your body to work in overtime well after you’ve left the gym. Some studies say that even up to 36-48 hours after your training session. #boom. That’s great news!
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