When I ask most ladies that come into the gym what they’d like to work on say their midsection. This is no surprise as it is a tough area for most to lose from and can be one of the last places to see real results. Everybody carries their weight differently and therefore everybody also loses weight differently. However, one thing remains the same no matter where you carry your weight or where you lose it from first:
You cannot spot train an area
What is spot training? Spot training is where you focus on only one particular area of your body and train (usually over train) expecting to see results. This is why everyday millions of women and men will do ab exercise after ab exercise and buy those silly ab machines from the infomercial expecting to get 6 pack abs in 10 minutes a day, heck sometimes they promise results in 5 minutes. Some people can and do lose weight while using the product but it’s usually not from the product itself rather it’s from the products strict eating guide.
The problem is just training your ab muscles isn’t enough to get you that 6 pack. Why? Sure you may develop muscles but you’ll never be able to see them if they’re hidden under a layer of fat. What’s the point in training for a 6 pack if no one will ever see it?
Now don’t get me wrong, core exercises should be incorporated into your training as they help strengthen the back and give us overall stability, but doing 1000 sit ups a day and nothing else isn’t going to give you the stomach you want.
If you really want a sexy midsection you’re going to have to lose that layer of fat hiding your abs first. This can be achieved through proper diet and exercise. HIIT training (High Intensity Interval Training) is great for this. It boosts your metabolism for a prolonged period of time and doesn’t take long.
The truth of the matter is that many general full body exercises work your core without you even knowing it. Squats and kettle bell swings are great for our core as well as leg curls on the stability ball and many others.
Everyone wants results quickly, I get it. But in order to achieve the body you really really want you’re going to have to put in some hard work and dedication, not just 5 minutes rocking back and forth on some piece of equipment you bought late one night from TV.