Planking, crunches, and core work, oh my! These along with a plethora of devices that are on the market today like the Ab Wheel, the Ab Coaster, the Ab Cruncher and the Ab Doer all promise to deliver rock hard abs and a strong core. The burning question is however, do they really work? The simple answer is yes; they do work. With the help of these devices and exercises your core and your abs will become stronger. Unfortunately, if you want to see them, it’s not that simple.
What many people don’t realize is that you can’t spot lose weight. What this means is, you can’t simply point out a spot on your body and decide that this exact place is where you are going to lose the weight regardless if you concentrate on toning that area or not. For example, if you are looking at yourself in the mirror and think I love my body but… I really would like to lose just a little bit more of this back fat right around my bra line. Your only option to make that happen is to lose some weight overall and hope it comes off in that specific area. You can tone that area, however, and it can make a difference but especially when it comes to seeing your abs, you have to face reality.
The reality is, is that your abs are made in the kitchen. Regardless of your efforts in the gym, if they are not matched in your diet as well, you will never see your abs. Males generally tend to have a lower body fat percentage and so it can be a little bit easier for them to achieve this than it can be for us, women. Achieving and maintaining abs is a lot of work and a full time commitment so mentally prepare yourself to dedicate all of your efforts towards your goal.