To many people it seems that there is an almost mystical quality to well defined ripped abs and just as many treat it as the holy grail of bodybuilding. As such far too many people believe that they are much harder to achieve than they actually are. The plain facts are that the abdominals are a group of muscles that can be developed and defined in exactly the same way as any other muscle group.
Getting ripped abs is not rocket science, and while there is of course a certain amount of technical information you need to know, the secret to achieving your goals can be narrowed down to three or four areas and as long as you furnish yourself with enough knowledge of these areas then you WILL make it happen and ripped abs will be yours. However, all the information and education in the world will be completely useless unless you put it into action, set your goals and stick to them. You will make it happen by concentrating on the following areas:
1. Weight Training
There is no getting away from it, weight training is absolutely essential to getting ripped abs and muscular definition in every part of your body. You will need to establish exactly what you are trying to achieve. If you are looking to build mass and strength in your abdominals then you will need to concentrate on lifting heavier weights with less reps. The reverse is also true, if you want leaner abs then concentrate on lifting a lighter weight but counteract this by increasing your rep rate. The great news here though is that the more muscle you develop in your abs then the more this muscle will eat away at the fatty deposits in your belly to provide the muscles with the energy they need. The leaner you are the better your chance of seeing those ripped abs.
This is absolutely fundamental in your quest for ripped abs and the body you have always desired. It is also the one area that is ignored far too much by the vast majority of occasional trainers. The bottom line is that if you have a great workout and then go straight to Burger King for a double whopper meal and shake then you will simply never achieve your goals. This may sound obvious but you would be amazed at how many people actually do this.
To achieve ripped abs and muscular definition you will need to have a carefully thought out diet plan in place. To build muscle mass you will need to increase your protein intake and in order to actually see your results in the mirror you will have to reduce your body fat percentage, to single digits if at all possible. Therefore it is vital to have a strict low fat high fibre and protein rich diet. I would always advise having all your meals planned well in advance in order to reduce the risks of “snacking”