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Tips for awesome abs

Abs are made in the kitchen,” is a phrase that we commonly hear. But as any fitness buff would tell you, the more accurate saying is “abs are revealed in the kitchen”.

Why? Because abs are made at the gym. Meanwhile a healthy diet will help you shed the excessive fat around your belly area. Here are a few workout routines that can sculpt your abs and give you the best results.

  • Perform weighted core exercises

By adding resistance, whether from a cable, a dumbbell or etc, it will make your abs more apparent and strengthen your core muscle at the same time. Remember to perform the exercises slowly and regulate your breathing. Try squeezing as hard as you can to engage more muscles during your sets.

  • Lift slowly

Rushing your reps during a workout will do you little good, and this is also the case when it comes ab exercises. Each rep is crucial and you shouldn’t be wasting a single one. All you need to do is get into a comfortable position, relax, control your movement, regulate your breath and focus. For example, when doing the hanging knee raise, bring your knees to your chin, exhale at the top of the contraction to further activate your abs and slowly lower your knees in a controlled movement. If you want to focus on obliques, then you can raise your knees to either side of your torso.

  • Stability

Focusing more on your stability is important when performing core exercises. Core is not just about the abs as it also involves other aspects which affects your body overall. Core strength plays an important role in helping you lift heavier.

  • Don’t forget to vacuum

Champions from the Golden Era of bodybuilding used the vacuum technique during workouts to keep their abs tight. You can incorporate this technique in your ab training, or between sets when you are training other muscles.

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