Summer is just around the corner, and that means the woollies are going back into the closet. It also means that you’re likely going to want to get into good (or great) shape to parade your fashionable summer tops.
If you do, however, happen to be invited to a friend’s pool party in the mid summer heat, you don’t want to be the oddity at the event, standing beside the water, smiling for the camera with a cocktail in hand and a baggy, beach-y tshirt. You need to get in!
First off, congratulations on clicking the link open to read. You’ve taken the first step towards an aesthetically alluring body. Now, if you follow through on the following three (and fairly straightforward) factors, you’re guaranteed one of the best summers of your life. Disclaimer: This article will not provide you with a magic pill, one that you pop tonight with the certainty of a 6-pack tomorrow morning. The absence of such a pill makes the barrier to entry high, and that makes the fruit a lot sweeter. So, here you go –
- Target the entire core. One of the more damaging tenets of modern locker room lore is that you need to dedicate time to exercises that isolate your abs. While it is true that crunches isolate the abs and help shape the rectus abdominis (the visible 6-pack in front), squats, deadlifts and innumerable other compound movements elicit activation of the core. Keep that core consciously engaged in maximum number of activities (even while you’re sat at your office desk), and you’re bound to see lightning fast results.
- Dunk that body fat in the bin. You can work on building a core that puts Olympic athletes to shame, but unless all the flab’s been scythed from your stomach, the world will never know. A good fat hack in this matter is green tea, which should be accompanied with every meal. It reportedly escalates your metabolism by a third and rapidly accelerates the body’s breakdown of fat. The quickest way to sledge the body fat is interval-infused cardio. Keep it high intensity. However, doing this will amount to nothing without the following point.
- Perfecting your diet is crucial. I’m going to keep this one simple. Abs are built in the kitchen, not in the gym. Reduce the sizes of your meals to 75% of what you currently consume. Eat 5 times a day. These needn’t be full-fledged meals, but small snacks (almonds off of your office desk). Eat the smallest of the 5 meals at night, and preferably 2 hours before bedtime. Do not consume carbohydrates on days you don’t workout, and on days that you do, keep the intake to a bare minimum – your body has to (and will) learn to generate energy on its own (it is a monstrous machine). Drink 4-5 litres of water to keep that metabolism spiked.
Most importantly, remember that repetition is everything. Stick this out for 4 months, and I promise you that the rewards will be well beyond your imagination. Make it happen!