Pilates is just one of your Ab Toning Tools
Dont Hold Back Your Six Pack
You’ve seen the ads all over the internet: lose belly fat ! get a six pack if you do this exercise! Well, guess what? Those ads are only helping spread a myth. There is NO way to get rid of fat in one area of your body. The only way to get rid of fat, and get great abs, is to lose weight all over, and tone the muscles in that entire core area. Okay now we have that sorted, lets move on.
Before you think about hitting the floor and doing an ab crunch, WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING IN YOUR MOUTH? Forget about your fast food, lose the soft drinks, chocolate, ice cream, biscuits, cakes, this list does go on. Empty calories.
Fill up on healthy nutritious food. Prepare your meals at home. How many pieces of fruit do you eat a day, even more important, how many serves of vegetables do you eat a day?
Don’t think that by cutting calories to the extreme you’ll lose belly and sculpt your abs
To build lean muscle, you’ll need protein, and carbs.
Don’t starve yourself, or you’ll end up the flabbiest skinny chick on the block, or worse.
Don’t’ even skip breakfast!
Don’t skip any meal
Do the switch. Trade white (not so nutritious) bread for nutrient dense fibre filled yummy wholemeal, multigrain, spelt, oat, quinoa, chia seed bread. There are so many yummy varieties
Drink apple cider vinegar to help with digestion
and last but not least…. Portion control
Now the exercises
For the record, doing 100 crunches a day will not give you a flat stomach.
A flat toned stomach comes from doing a range of different exercises that target the core in different ways to help the body melt fat. I do a combination of strength sessions and HIIT (high intensity interval training, this is my favorite) sessions. This works my whole body, core, cardiovascular and meets my resistance/strength requirements.
Incorporating strength training into your exercise routine is definitely a key ingredient for achieving a toned tummy. Lifting weights helps the body build muscle; the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism will be and the more fat you burn.
Having a flat tummy also comes down to reducing your body fat percentage. HIIT has been shown to be one of the most effective methods for shredding fat. A HIIT circuit is very simple. You take a handful of exercises and then perform each at high intensity, while keeping the rest between exercises to a minimum. The best thing about HIIT is that you can include exercises that target any body part you want. In my small group trainings and more advanced classes i like to incorporate HIIT circuits that involve core, cardiovascular and resistance training in the one workout. By getting your heart rate up, you speed up your metabolism and help the body burn fat more effectively.
I can help you with a program today. A combination of pilates, strength, HIIT training can help you meet you core stability needs and goals, in addition you will be toning up the rest of your body too. In this video I am showing just one of the many fitness tools at JBP ( Janette Bendle Pilates) . You can call Janette on 0418923029