3 Mistakes Why You Can't Get Abs

By: moklesur@bringtheshreds
November 18, 2017

Hey guys, one of the most popular question I get asked is “why are my abs not showing?” I will tell you the most common mistakes people make and what you need to do to start seeing your abs! You probably think I am going to tell how you’re doing certain ab exercises incorrectly and what you need to do instead. However, that is not what gets you abs in the first place. Here is a list of the 3 mistakes of why you can’t get abs:

1. Layer of Body Fat that Are Covering Your Abs

That layer of body fat is caused by an unhealthy diet. If you are consuming too many calories, those excess calories are going to be stored as an energy source to be used later on. However, if you don’t use those calories, they will turn into fat. So, the more body fat that you have, the less definition you will have. The most common place fat is store is usually stored in the stomach area. The only way to lose your body fat is to be in a caloric deficit (consuming less calories than what you are burning on a daily basis).

There are 2 ways you can put your body in a caloric deficit:

  1. Consuming less calories through eating less
  2. Burn more calories with cardio or being more active

2. Mind Muscle Connection (MMC)

A lot of times, when people are training their abs, they are doing them incorrectly. For example, people are more focused on the number of reps and tend to just go through the movements of the exercise. However, what you want to focus on is the Mind Muscle Connection and focus on contracting and squeezing your abdominal muscle on every single rep. If you’re only going through the movements, the muscle fibers in your abs are not going to be broken down and they will not help them grow which will give you that definition once you lose the body fat from the first example.

3. Not focusing on the Negative Reps

What does negative reps mean? For example, when someone is doing leg raises, they would lift their legs up but drop them down right away. What people may not realize is more muscle fibers tear on the negative motions of any exercises which will result in more muscle growth. That’s why I feel you should always focus on the negative reps.

There you have it, hope you guys found this very useful. If you like what you see, please feel free to share the blog with others you think it may help. Alright guys, let’s go out there and get shredded!

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