Are you one of those who look at other people’s V cut abs with seething envy. You don’t need to be. With some exercise, a good abs workout and some serious dieting dieting you can also get the V-cut abs of your dreams.
Exercises to get a V cut
You can strengthen your abs and add definition to your V cut by implementing the following varied routine for lower abs. These exercises are also helpful for reducing the pain in the lower back. Take a look at our example.
#1. Lying Leg Raises (4 sets x 15 reps)
This exercise should be performed with smooth and slow movements. You can spice it up by holding a dumbbell between the feet.
#2. Hanging Leg Raises (4 sets x 15 reps)
Just as it was the case with the previous exercise, the movements should be executed slowly. Make sure that your legs are straight. If you find this exercise too easy, you can add some difficulty by holding a dumbbell between your feet.
#3. Reverse Crunches (4 sets x 15 reps)
Take a dumbbell between your feet while performing this exercise for some added difficulty.
#4 Ab V Hold (4 sets x 1 minute hold)
Since this exercise is very demanding it should be done at the end of the routine. Lift yourself from supine position forming a V with your body. Hold for at least 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
Developing a Balanced Core
If you want to develop your V cut abs it’s very important to concentrate on your core in addition to the lower abs strength. That is why you should make sure that your workout routine includes exercises that target your core muscles. We offer you a selection of exercises that you can include in your routine.
- Target the obliques and central abdominal muscles with side crunches.
- Strengthen your lower back by doing hip bridges.
- Target your thighs, gluts, back and hips by doing lunges.
- Do yoga poses for improving your overall core strength, flexibility and balance.
Reducing the Body Fat
1. Healthy Diet
If you want the V cut abs to really show they should not be covered in fat. This means that you should lose the excess fat. That is why you should always back up your exercises with a healthy diet. There are plenty diets available online. Just pick the one that suits you the best. You don’t even have to follow some strict diet, just have in mind the following principles, and the fat will eventually disappear.
- Avoid foods that are rich in sugars or fats.
- Make sure that you consume lean protein.
- Include more fresh fruits and vegetables that will provide you with the required nutrients.
- Reduce the consumption of carbohydrates, but make sure that they are still part of your diet.
Another important factor is never to starve yourself. Food provides your body with the needed energy, and by depriving yourself of food you will feel fatigued and irritated. Consequently, you’ll lack the energy for your workouts and the exercises mentioned.
2. Include Cardio Exercises
One of the greatest things about cardio exercises is that you don’t need any special equipment or financial investment. They are also highly effective when trying to lose weight. Every day, millions of people enjoy some sort of cardio exercise such as jogging, cycling, swimming or hiking.
Running is probably one of the most effective cardio exercises though. The best results in boosting your metabolism can be achieved by alternating between short sprint bursts and rhythmic jogging.
3. Consume Lots of Water.
Make sure that you drink at least 2 liters of water every day. This will ensure that you stay hydrated, and help in flushing out the toxins from your body.
4. Take on Resistance Training
Resistance training exercises (weightlifting or body weight workouts) can be helpful for improving your form, and ensure a reduction of muscle loss when you’re trying to lose weight. Just have in mind that you should not start with high-weight exercises immediately. Make sure that you start slowly and prepare your body for the real challenge.
5. Increase your daily activities
In addition to dieting and working out, you should also consider becoming more active during the day. For example, you can always bike to work instead of driving a car. When you work in an office, make sure that you don’t spend the whole day sitting in a chair. Get up every once in a while to at least stretch. Substitute your nights in front of the TV with some more active form of leisure time.
6. Be Patient and Determined
Those V cut abs cannot be built overnight. It takes patience and determination to achieve this. As you progress, you should take on some more challenging exercises to fully shape your abs.