Now I am no Jillian Michaels, no personal trainer, no exercise guru or anything like that so be sure to take everything I say with a grain of salt. I am just going to speak from my personal experience since I get tons and tons upon tons of requests for tips on abdominals daily. Also keep in mind that what works for one person doesn't always work for another but it is definitely worth a try ;) You can venture on to something else if one thing doesn't work plus switching up your routine is always good.
So how did my abs transform so quickly. Umm I don't know! Hahahah. Honestly, I didn't do it on purpose although I loved that it did happen and I learned along the way. I started out thinking that I would do cardio to burn the fat and then focus on hitting the weights and sit ups once my stomach was thinner. For 1 I absolutely HATE sit ups and was trying to put them off for as long as possible and 2 I thought that is how people did it, lost the weight and then hit the weights and sit ups but a personal trainer friend of mine advised me to strength train from the get go and told me to forget the sit ups since I disliked them so. Sounded like a great plan to me. A flat stomach was what was important to me at the time, not Janet Jackson abs. Fast forward to NOW, I do want sexy KrucialKimmie abs, not Janet Jackson abs. I guess I thought they were unattainable so I never even imagined that abs like that could be in my reach but now I KNOW they are and I WILL have even better abs than her ;)
He said that building muscle burns fat and that I would be better off toning and leaning at the same time. Most of ya'll probably know that but I sure didn't! I hadn't worked out since 10th grade gym so I was pretty green when it came to all of this! So anyway, I did exactly what he said. I did my cardio and then I targeted big muscle groups with strength training a few times a week. From my PERSONAL experience I can tell you guys that THAT is the way to get better as. Screw crunches. I have come this far without doing ONE single sit up. Okay that is a lie, they do make us do like 3 minutes of sit ups at the end of some aerobics classes but I usually just lay there and rest and only do them when the instructor looks in my direction lol.
Okay back to the point, sorry. If you are not strength training then you should be! That is what I attribute my success thus far to. When you lift weights make sure you engage your core. Suck in your abs or tighten them, "belly button to the front of your spine" is what I think they say. Even when you are standing up doing biceps with a 5lb dumbbell, engage your abs. Doing squats with a barbell, engage your abs. And so on and so forth, it works I'm telling you. Some days I circuit train on about 10 strength training machines and this one is my favorite.
I think this had a lot to do with my abs as well. It rotates so I do reps on the right side, middle, and left side. The one I use is by HOIST, your entire body moves when you crunch and the weights are on the right side of the machine so it is a bit different than the picture I posted but I am sure any machine like this will get the job done. This machine is super easy for me. It isn't strenuous at all and I only lift a light amount of weight. It doesn't even leave me sore the next day unless I do a humongous amount of reps which I have only done once.
I started using this machine yesterday and I think it is fantastic. I am so optimistic and I think I will be seeing some great changes in the future thanks to this equipment.
I did it like the woman is in the picture and also on both of my sides and today am soo sore! Which is shocking since I am only using my body weight with this machine and I am actually lifting weights on the pervious machine I showed you and that doesn't even leave me sore. I will be using this machine about every other day and I am hoping this helps with my love handles. These two machines that I have shown you are nothing like floor crunches in my opinion, they are fun and I actually look forward to using them. Someone should give the lower ab extension machine a try with me and we can see results together! That would be so much fun. Any takers?
Well that is it for now. I hope I answered a lot of your questions and sorry I couldn't be more helpful. I told ya that I am no personal trainer, and that I am still learning. If you have anymore questions about what I do then feel free to ask and I will answer to the best of my ability! Thanks for reading!