Step by Step: How to build your core and flatten your abs!

Happy hump day.  It is such a beautiful day here in King of Prussia, PA (just outside of Philly).  It's not hot and not cold, with a nice breeze... just amazing!  I got a lot a great workout in right before lunch today and while I was working out I noticed how engaged my abs were during all of the exercises I was doing, yet I wasn't doing any "traditional" ab exercises.  My workout was: Lunges with 115 lbs on the bar for 4-5 reps each leg, 5-6 pull-ups, 8-10 Jack Knifes (with my feet on the ball and hands on the BOSU) and I also through in a few push-ups, and 2-4 Push Jerks with 115 lbs.  I did 4 rounds of that and decided to have a nice lunch.  But during the workout, as I mentioned previously, I noticed how much of my core I was using and thought how people waste so much time with traditional crunches, planks, mountain climbers, etc.  People need to be doing bigger, functional exercises / movements to engage their core, instead of wasting time on little exercises.  However, to achieve that flat tummy everyone wants - there is more to it than just exercising.  And that is what I want to share with you today.

People in gyms across the country are struggling with loosing excess fat in their midsection.  Everyone wants to flatten their tummy and the first two things people think they need to start doing is… more sit ups and go on a diet!  I’m sorry to say, but this is not the answer.  Today you can walk into a gym and watch someone do sit up after sit up for months and nothing changes.  Also, you can see someone go on some cookie cutter diet and not lose a pound.  So, why is this?  Because there is no lone secret exercise or a one size fits all diet.  We are as different on the inside as the outside, which means different foods and proportions will affect certain people differently.

The first step to flattening your abs is to start eating right for your metabolic type.  As part of my program, I show you how to determine your metabolic type.  A person’s metabolic type will determine the amount of proteins, fats and carbohydrates that are needed with each meal.  Do you really think the diet of an Eskimo would be the same as someone from the Caribbean?  Of course not!  An Eskimo will have a diet high in fats and protein (whale blubber, fish, and seals) with very little carbohydrates.  The opposite will be true of the person from the Caribbean.  They will have a diet primarily of fruits and vegetables with much smaller amounts of animal proteins and fats.

The second step is to start moving.  Humans are designed to move and be active, not sit at a desk in front of a computer screen.  Our primal ancestors would climb trees, hunt and carry their food along with jumping and lunging over obstacles.  My point is we need to be a little more primal than high-tech.  I guarantee you will get a greater overall benefit from doing pushups than using a chest press machine.  Next time you’re at the gym, see which one gets your heart pumping more.  Doing dynamic and compound exercises is the key to having a healthy, lean and strong body.  Recruiting multiple muscle groups at once will burn the most overall calories and keep the body in a fat burning state for hours after the exercise.

So, how does all this tie in with flattening your abs?  A proper diet (designed for you) along with exercises (if done correctly) such as pushups, wood chops, squats, lunges, pull-ups and deadlifts all help to strengthen the core musculature.  By doing these types of primal movements (pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, lunging) you will be able to burn more calories and start building a stronger, healthier and more stable body.

To get a more detailed and in-depth idea of how to achieve a flat stomach, download my free report at the top of this page on the right hand side:  The 5 Secrets To Flatten Your Abs!  Enjoy!

Stay Fit and Functional

Jim