It may happen that people dreaming of having chocolate bar abs sit for hours in the gym without noticing satisfying results. Why ? According to Canadian sports coach and nutritionist Harley Pasternak, who works with stars like Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, the training that directly targets the abs will not give you what you expect.
Asked by the Business Insider website, the specialist recommends other types of exercises:
- back strengthening.
Indeed, even the least athletic among us have abdominal muscles. But in some people, they are covered by a layer of fat. The abdominal exercises at the gym work the muscles, but do not burn the fat above.
Bypass the area
For a flat stomach and exposed abs, it is therefore essential to target abdominal fat and love handles, which is not an easy task. The solution: bypass the area in question and work instead the upper and lower body. Walking helps to melt the fat cells in the abdominals and lengthen the torso, while conventional abdominal exercises have the opposite effect. Walking between 10,000 and 14,000 steps a day is an excellent goal.
To reinforce the lower and upper back , Harley Pasternak recommends lumbar stretching exercises: lying on your stomach, contracting the abs and stretching your arms and legs above the ground.
Any other sport that allows you to work your back, such as swimming or yoga for example, is good to take. So you can blow and stop killing yourself with endless sets of abdominals and take a long walk instead!