Getting that washboard stomach that you always wanted is not as complex as some might lead you to believe. I did not say it would be easy, but I can promise you that it can be simple. There are 3 steps to anybody strengthening or shaping workout. Diet, exercise, and repair.
While the television at 2 AM might be flush with different contraptions, or miracle muscle creams that are supposed to help you get Mr. Universe results in two weeks, there is not shortcut to perfect abs. You will have to watch your diet, put in the hard workouts, and the often overlooked step of allowing your muscles to repair and build bulk and strength. If one of these steps is ignored or not kept balanced with the needs of the other two, then the results you see on an ongoing basis will be diminished, but if combined correctly, can give you the power pack stomach muscles you always wanted to have.
The most common and most effective diet for working out the abdomen has classically been the high protein, low carbohydrate diet. This feeds the muscles with plenty of protein energy food, while avoiding loading the body with carbohydrates that it is likely to convert into fat to be stored around the midsection. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to maintain quality amounts of vitamins and minerals. Avoid heavy meals before working out and make sure to drink plenty of water. Lack of water not only dehydrates you and puts you at risk of the health problems this causes, but is also the most common cause of lifting cramps or strain injuries.
A combination of using crunches with and without a medicine ball to build up muscle, while at the same time combining a cardiovascular program into your workout to burn fat is a recipe for success and a surefire way to help you reach your goal of achieving six pack glory.
Many people overlook the fact that the actual conditioning of muscle is not completed unless the muscles are given a chance to repair the tissue that was “damaged” during the workout process. Giving your body 48 or more hours before and after abdominal workouts is optimal for crushing stomach regimes. Switching to another part of the body or participating in alternate activities before resuming your ab schedule is as much a part of successful training as making sure that your workouts are completed in their entirety. With this 3 step system in mind, thy mystery of great abs can be taken out of obscurity and the next time you see that commercial at 2 AM, you can rest assured in the fact that 6 weeks on your no cost exercise plan is far more effective at creating 6 pack abs than 6 months of their get fit quick product.