February is the month of love, and what better way is there to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by loving yourself? You might have been eating clean and training hard in order to get your body in the best shape that it has ever been, but you need that final push to get your body toned, ripped and ready for romance.
What’s in the cut?
The v-cut stomach refers to the sculpted lean muscles on the stomach that are free of fat. The abdominals are so defined that they create the shape of a ‘v’ that run from your stomach to your pelvis.
Follow these easy tips and exercises to achieve your V-cut abs goal:
High Interval Training
Do interval training every other day. Choose a cardio exercise that you like and push yourself to go as fast as you can for 90 seconds, alternate to a very slow pace for 2 minutes and then pick up the pace again. Repeat this exercise switching between fast and slow pace for about 20 minutes. Opt for a cardio exercise that works the entire body like cycling or running.
Full Cardio Day
On the days that you aren’t doing interval training, opt for a full cardio workout. Choose between aerobics, dance classes, squash, walking, rowing, swimming, etc. Do these exercises for a long period of time, say 30-60 minutes and manage a moderate to fast pace.
Repetition is Key
Focus on doing abdominal exercises every second day. Each exercise has to consist of 10-15 repetitions and you can choose how many sets according to your goal and fitness. Target the fronts and sides of your stomach by doing:
Bicycle Crunches: Place your hands behind your head while lying on your back at a slight angle. Lift your knees from the ground with a slight bend, now start a cycling movement with your legs while alternating your elbows to opposite knees. This exercise will target both the front and sides of your stomach.
Kettlebell Russian Twists: Grab a kettlebell and sit on the floor with your knees bent as you would when you come up from a sit-up. Hold the kettlebell with both hands and switch from side to side while keeping your back straight. If you want to make it even harder, you can levitate your feet from the ground about two inches.
These are just a few exercises to try out in order to achieve rock hard v-cut abs. It is important to keep in mind that in order to have low body fat that will make those abs visible, you will have to follow a clean eating routine that is high on protein and low on carbs (they say “abs are made in the kitchen” for a reason)!