There is a lot of conflicting information about whether or not you should train your abs in order to get abs. In the past even I have been skeptical of ab exercises as many of them come with the risk of injuring your lower back, and I believed that abs were purely made in the kitchen.
For the month of February I have been giving abs workouts a try. I recently really got into Sarah's Day on YouTube and got some serious ab-envy from her. She's had a baby in the last 9 months and has managed to get her old body back in a healthy and gradual way and so I wanted to know how she did it.
In a recent video (linked below) she was preparing for a photoshoot to launch her new swimwear with White Fox Boutique, an Australian brand that she has worked with in the past. She eats very well, so making her abs in the kitchen is definitely something she supports by choosing to eat only foods that support healthy hormones and digestion.
The day before her shoot she also did a full on abs/core workout. Within the workout were 7 or 8 ab focused exercises. I really liked how she said that she didn't want to just bust out a bunch of reps, but instead she wanted to take her time, focus on breathing, and making sure she really feels the exercise as it was intended.
I just really loved the simplicity of it. So I decided that I would also try to incorporate more ab workouts into my program. Me being me I made it a 6 day program, with 3 ab days and ab exercises on my legs and upper body workouts. I am going to tailor this program down to a 3-day program that is more accessible to people and more realistic for normal people's schedules.
Do I think that training abs is necessary to get abs? Sort of.
I think like any other muscle in the body if you want it to get stronger you need to train that muscle. Will doing 100 sit ups a day melt away the fatty tissue on your belly? No, but it will give you something to reveal when diet, inflammation, hydration, and all of your other training comes together.
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