8 Tips for Great Abs

Train Abs Like an IFBB Pro

I’m often bombarded with the age-old question, “How do I get abs like yours?” It’s not easy but it’s also not as hard as you think. We have all seen the people at the gym on the Ab Roller, crunching away until the cows come home—what a waste of time. Here’s the real way to get great abs: 

 1. CARDIO TIMING 

The most fundamental thing to remember about your abs is that you will not be able to see them while that layer of fat is covering them. Thirty to 45 minutes of cardio three to four times a week is a great start. Obviously if you do more cardio the results will come quicker, but not in the form of more cardio per session, but more days. So optimally I would say five to six days a week for 45 minutes, keeping your heart rate in the 130–140 beats per minute range.

 2. BETTER NUTRITION 

All the cardio in the world is not going to help you if you are going home to a piece of chocolate cake. Just as you work hard in the gym, you must work at home on your eating habits. Food is the No. 1 key to seeing your abs.

 3. EAT ENOUGH PROTEIN 

With the low-carb fads in full force, I do believe one good thing has come of it: People have recognized the importance of protein. I recommend one gram per pound of lean body mass for the weekend warrior, 1½ grams for serious weight trainers.

 

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