Are you sick of stubborn belly fat? A tight, toned tummy is one of the hardest goals to achieve.
No one wants to hear it, but the appearance of our abs is largely determined by our diet. So if you’re guilty of sneaking snacks, consuming extra calories, or late-night noshing, your gut will be the Benedict Arnold of body parts and give away your snacking secrets.
It’s tempting to think you can spot-train specific areas of the body, such as the belly. But, unfortunately, this just won’t work. To reveal a flat, svelte stomach, you must do it the old-fashioned way by eating a well-balanced diet, engaging in exercises that reduce overall body fat, and staying well-hydrated. Even then, there are no guarantees for a whittled middle, but it certainly gets you closer to your goal.
Workouts that include major muscle groups such as the glutes, hamstrings, quads, and core are the best fitness formula for frying abdominal fat because engaging larger muscles will burn more calories than doing isolated exercises alone. By practicing compound exercises that recruit multiple groups all at once, you can watch your waistline wither away much faster than with basic crunches alone.
Here are the top three compound core exercises that are superior to sit-ups. You will need a set of free weights to complete this circuit.
For best results, perform these exercises before cardio while the body is fresh and able to maintain proper form. Complete this circuit three times.
Glute bridge chest press
Mashed-up mountain climbers
Plank shoulder taps
Time to bust a gut! If you want washboard abs, don’t wish for them, work for them.