How to get abs for women: It begins with knowing the facts
Shutterstock There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to abs. So I went to get the facts from “tier 3+” personal trainer Roydian Chan at Equinox in Toronto. Find out what he says we should stop believing, and what we should start doing. By the way, here are some things you should definitely stop doing at the gym.
MYTH: Work out as hard you can to get abs
It is not about working out hard. There is a science behind how intense and how long you exercise for abs.
The fitness expert says: “It should be a mixture of intensities,” says Chan. He uses a training method called “undulating periodization.” What does that mean? “It’s essentially characterized by up-and-down variations of intensity,” he tells us. The lower your intensity, the more reps you should be doing. And—you guessed it—the lower your reps, the harder your intensity should be. “This strategy allows for optimal recovery weekly, which is important for sustainability. Getting abs requires programs that can be sustained without injuries, or regressions because the body has reached a plateau.” And make sure you’re not making this common mistake women often make while doing ab workouts.