The summer six pack challenge

How to transform your stomach into a beach wonder this summer!

With the summer in full swing some of you may feel left behind in the six pack stakes whilst out and about strolling in the summer sun. The temptation to take your top off and enjoy the rays might be a tad embarrassing to some as they have neglected the art of the crunch and your stomach and abdominal region are somewhat behind on where they could be.

So what can you do?

With some dedication and some sweat and maybe some tears, you can change that around and start to define one of the body’s main features in time for your summer holiday or for that party on the beach you said you’d go to.

With a little perseverance and some regular abs workouts you can achieve what you may have believed to be impossible and actually gain the summer six pack of your dreams or even just trim off the excess burgers and pints you have maybe enjoyed over the spring. So with your motivation back on track and your belief in yourself restored let’s take a look at how to accomplish the best possible summer six pack you can bring to the beach party and beyond!

This is a starter’s guide to building a summer six pack and a more defined core for the summer season and in general. Each exercise is 3 x sets of varied reps with correct form.

The plank

Simply lay face down on your elbows with your weight resting on your toes. Keep your back straight and shoulders low and your abdominals tight. Try to stay in this position for around 30 secs/ 1 minute and repeat for 3 separate times.

The side plank reach

Much like the plank this is all about the control of your abdominal muscles but focusses on your side muscles or the oblique’s. Lie on your side on your elbow with your body angled down toward your feet keeping your side muscles tight and controlled. Without rocking back and forth aim to move your free arm upwards in a reaching motion before coming gently back down to the floor, keeping your body stable. Go for 3 sets of 15 reaches with your arm.

The crunch

Lie on the floor with your knees up and your back on the floor. Aim to keep your arms at your side whilst keeping your stomach muscles tight and bringing your torso towards your knees meeting in the middle of your motion.

Aim for 3 sets of closely controlled 20 reps.

The climber

Get into a push-up/press up position on the floor. Raise your hips so your body is in an inverted V position with your legs slightly bent and your arms supporting your weight and straight. Now keep your arms still whilst pumping your legs in a climbing fashion with your back straight. The focus should be on the legs movement and your abs being still and firm. You should feel the burn in your lower abdominal region the most and aim for 3 sets of 20 reps.

Following these basic but essential movements your abdominal region should react greatly to the workload and you should find that you begin to define quickly and lose some extra pounds around your mid-riff. As long as you work continuously and work up a sweat each time you exercise then you should begin to see some serious results and partner that with good summertime kitchen cooking your summer abs should developing nicely. It won’t be too long before you can stroll along the beach with your defined abs and potential six packs for all to see.

It won’t happen on its own and you need to stay dedicated to not eating the wrong foods as well as keeping on top of the exercises themselves! Together we’ll get you that summer beach body! So go hard & #DoTheDamnThing


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