Patients often ask me “I want better abs”, “I want to get a six-pack.”
The key to abdominal definition is the visibility of the abdominal musculature, not the strength of the muscles. I always say “You can’t exercise your way out of a poor diet”. Make better food choices, eat cleaner because the idea of working your abs to get abs is one of the oldest misconceptions in training. Exercise “Spot reduction” techniques for the abs just doesn’t work.
You can’t decrease the fat layer on a particular area by
exercising or working out that area. If you want good looking abs, do
a total body work out and be intense about it…in other words, burn fat!
So if you want better abdominal definition finish every workout with some hard interval training instead of extra sit-ups or crunches.
You burn more calories doing interval training – it burns more calories than steady state aerobic training. Doing a sprint program gets you a sprinters body.
Most of my first choice ab work is really core work. Core work like isometric exercises – front planks, side planks and kettlebell suitcase carries.