I have committed to adding an ab/core workout every other day to my triathlon training in the month of April. This is going to consist of the P90X Ab Ripper X, the Perfect Ab Workout (which is basically hanging leg raises) and some of the ab workouts that can be found on http://www.bodyrocktv.com/. So I will be mixing up these three workouts in hopes of toning up the old abba dabbas!
|Ab Ropper X, Hanging leg raises and BodyRockTV.com|
But not so fast my friend, this is not the first time I have had this goal in mind. I think everyone has this grand idea on January 1, or when Spring Break is coming, or when we are going to the beach this summer! All worthy reasons for wanting to lose the gut (it's not so much a gut right now either, let me be clear), but I have never achieved 6 pack status. So why will this be any different you may ask?
So, what am I going to do differently? I am going to focus on my diet as well this time and I am going to add these other 5 steps that I found on Livestrong.com. I have never focused on all of these things at once before. I always just started trying to bust out crunches, but I have a new plan, and I am going to lay it out right before your very eyes.
Step 1: Clean up my diet. Easier said than done I will tell you right now. According to Livestrong.com, all I need to do is avoid deep fried foods, processed foods, refined foods and foods high in saturated fats. Instead, eat foods that are nutrient-dense, high in fiber and low in fat, such as lean meats, low fat dairy, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and legumes.
Step 2: Get rid of liquid calories. Easier said than done my friends! I need to eliminate useless calories in the form of heavily sugared beverages such as cokes, sweetened teas and coffee. Instead, drink water, as it hydrates the body and has zero calories. This may be the easiest of them all actually.
Step 3: Work your ab muscles. Instead of just working the upper abs, do exercises that focus on the whole core in order to promote symmetry. As long as symmetry means my wife can do our laundry on my abs, then I'm down Livestrong.com, I am down!
Step 4: Cardio! Engage in cardiovascular training. If you intend on seeing your six pack after one month, you'll have to incorporate cardiovascular training to burn the layer of fat that covers your ab muscles. I think I have this covered.
Step 5: Get enough sleep. AMEN! More sleep, yes!
So I know many of you are thinking that this post is worthless without pictures, and there might be some at the end of April
if it works.
P.S. I started Monday night with the AB Ripper X DVD, and Holy Catfish I am hurting today, so that means it is working right?
or it means I have a hernia!