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A couple of days ago, I revealed the “secret” to having a lean, tone stomach.
The secret is … there is no secret.
The answer everyone is searching for is really simple, and it can be summed up in one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite athletes of all time … the late, great Kobe Bryant.
Asked how he kept himself healthy and in such great playing shape, Bryant replied, “I watch what I eat and train my ass off. It ain’t rocket science.”
No, it ain’t …
There’s no crazy new way to get amazing results. If you can make some small improvements to your nutrition, and exercise consistently and with a purpose, then I can promise you’re going to tone your stomach—and the rest of your body
So what do you need to do?
Include more protein in your diet, drink more water, and eat more easily digestible carbs, like fruits and veggies.
To improve your body composition (how much lean mass vs. fat you have), I recommend 2-3 days a week of strength training and 1-2 days a week of “cardio.” And by cardio, I don’t mean going nowhere on a treadmill for an hour. Short, intense bursts of cardio with simple exercises you can easily execute safely is the way to go.
Of course, there are some basic core exercises that you should be incorporating into your routine, as well. In fact, as luck would have it, I’ve put together a detailed guide to the Best Core Exercises … and I’m giving it away for free this week. If you’d like to get a copy, just shoot me a reply with “ABS” and I’ll send it right over.
So, as Kobe Bryant said, it ain’t rocket science. Make some small improvements to your diet, follow a smart and balanced exercise program, and you’ll see the inches melt off your waist and belly to reveal the abs that you want to see.
Best Exercise To Tighten Core #1
Sit-ups train your abdominal muscles to engage for extended periods of time, contract against resistance, and lift weight. It is primarily an exercise for muscular endurance. Muscular endurance isn’t exactly the same as strength — it’s more about stability and support, less about power. Muscles that are associated with endurance activities are made up of Slow twitch fibers.
One way to make sit-ups more challenging is to perform them on a Bosu ball or bench. You might also supplement your body weight with hand held weights or bands. Also try using an ab bench to perform sit-ups on an incline.
Tone Your Core with a Twist. The twist is an effective way to build your core and shoulders. It’s a popular exercise among athletes since it helps with rotational movement, which happens often in sports.
It may look like a simple movement, but it requires a lot of strength and support.
To progress twist, add any kind of weight you have to hand: a dumbbell, kettlebell, medicine ball, weight plate, sandbag – anything that you can hold in two hands as you twist from side to side.
Whatever weight you’re using, it’s important to ensure your body isn’t being dragged out of position during the exercise.
Medicine ball workouts reward you with the holy trinity of exercise benefits: strength, endurance and athleticism. Those blissful endorphins get to work on your mood and mind, while the increased calorie burn and body-toning moves keep your muscles guessing and growing.
One of the greatest advantages of medicine ball training is that these exercises utilize a huge range of movement, which is effective for strengthening the hamstrings, glutes, and abdominals in total body strength training.
Alongside building strength, two additional benefits of medicine ball training are increased power and explosiveness.
Medicine ball exercises work the core muscles through a range of movements that impact balance, posture, and flexibility, whilst also training intermuscular coordination.
We’ve put together a guide for toning your midsection and improving the injury-prevention functions of your core.
You can download it for free here: