Home is actually a great place to hone your abs—after all, a six-pack is mostly made in the kitchen. There’s no such thing as spot reduction and a six-pack is indicative of overall health and whole-body fitness, not just the state of the core muscles. If there’s too much fat on top of the ab muscles, you’ll never see them, no matter how much core work you do.
That means eating healthily and doing cardio plus heavy weight training to lean down and build muscles to lose weight overall. (Bummer, we know.) Then, when it comes to sculpting those abs of your dreams, it’s not as simplistic as doing endless crunches. Developing a six-pack requires more than just working the ‘pretty’ muscles that you can see. The deeper, transverse core muscles must be strengthened first to create a strong, solid base—without that, only doing crunches can actually make your belly stick out more. Nobody wants that.
Better news: By doing the types of routines here that strengthen from all angles and focus on function (how your body moves in real life) rather than flexion (crunches), you’ll look good and have a stronger core and less risk of lower back injury. Not only will you see better gains faster, it’s also the quickest way to take inches off your waistline!
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