Summer might be coming to an end, but still, you got this.
3 September 2019| Last updated on 4 September 2019
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“Abs are made in the kitchen,” hollers the fitness industry. Well, yes, what you eat goes to your tum, both in the short and long term, but abs are a complex set of muscles. And, even if you haven’t managed to nix that Nutella habit, you can still create the appearance of a flatter looking stomach with a little exercise know-how.
So let’s talk muscles. Your abs consist of three main muscles, or muscle groups. First up is your rectus abdominis, your six-pack muscle, that assists the spine as you bend forward. Then there’s your internal and external obliques – your waist muscles that help the torso to bend and twist, and then we have, what some might consider the Godfather of Abs, your transverse abdominis muscle, your ‘main’ core muscle, that helps to stabilise the pelvis and lower back, also helping to create a flattening effect around your abdomen (yes, the ‘f’ word… you read that right).
So, a terrific set of abs requires a multi-muscle approach. Which is why those hundred basic (frankly, unsophisticated) sit-ups you’ve been bashing out probably haven’t been cutting it.
No, you need to work on deeper core abdominals, too. And those waist muscles.
Fitness expert Laura Williams – a personal trainer, qualified in Advanced Anatomy and Physiology and Pilates matwork – is here to show you a five-day routine that will blitz the lot. You in?