In the dead of winter, many of us start to dream of sunshine and warm weather--we need a little inspiration to get us through these short, dark days! And with thoughts of shorts and bathing suits come dreams of flat, washboard abs. After all, no one is fantasizing about sitting on the beach somewhere, covered up by a long, loose T-shirt. While it may seem like some people are just genetically endowed with fantastic abs, that is just not true. We all have abdominal muscles and have the potential to strengthen and tone them. Even strong muscles can hide behind a layer of fat, so developing a flat stomach requires a combination of diet and exercise. Read on to learn how to get the abs of your dreams.
How To Get Abs Through Diet and Exercise
Developing a strong core takes exercise. The core requires a healthy diet as well as exercise. Making healthier choices is a great first step in developing awesome abs. If you have weight to lose, you will need to reduce your overall caloric intake. Focus on nutritionally dense, lower calorie choices such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Cut back on “empty calories” such as soda, sugary coffee drinks, and processed foods. If you are looking for guidance in making better food choices, the Fitness Loft has an on-staff Registered Dietitian who would be more than happy to work with you.
But diet alone won’t get you the abs you are looking for. Exercise is a critical step in losing overall fat and strengthening and toning your ab muscles. A combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercise will help to burn calories and target your abs. Cardiovascular workouts are great for boosting your heart rate and burning calories. The Fitness Loft offers a large variety of cardio classes, from Zumba to boxing to spinning, as well as cardio equipment like treadmills and elliptical machines. Find the cardio that you enjoy and stick with it! Strength training is great for increasing muscle mass, which boosts your overall metabolism for an all-day calorie burn. You might work out in our weight training center--either on your own or with one of our personal trainers--or you might feel more comfortable in a strength training class, such as Les Mills Body Pump. Either way, strength training will tone your entire body and burn calories for overall weight loss.
So diet and exercise will help you lose weight and body fat, revealing your abdominal muscles--but how to tone those abs? You will need to strengthen your core with exercises that specifically target your abs. Crunches probably come to mind, but that’s not the only way to tone your core. The Fitness Loft offers classes that will specifically work your core, such as hardCORE, yoga, and Yoga/Pilates. Some of our other classes will also work your core, such as Boot Camp, which includes plenty of crunches, and Synrgy360, which utilizes monkey bars and TRX suspension trainers.
How Long Does It Take To Get Abs
There is no one answer to the question, “How long does it take to get abs?” Everyone’s journey is different. The length of time will vary based on how strong your abs are now and how much abdominal fat you carry. But if you are willing to put in the time and effort, you can develop strong abs.
If you are wondering how to get abs, look no further than the Fitness Loft Columbus. With our variety of cardio and strength training classes and nutritional coaching, the abs of your dreams are within reach.