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How to Visibly Improve Your Abs WITHOUT Losing Fat!

Updated on September 8, 2018

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I know that a lot of people will lead you down the wrong path, telling you to do all kinds of ab exercises to bring out your 6-pack, and neglect to tell you that you need to lose some fat too... BUT you actually can bring out your abs without losing fat. I know you might be skeptical, but hear me out.

Well, hear out Nick Nilsson, because he's the one who gave me an insider tip on how to use a unique exercise to push you closer to having visible abs. Below is his response, when I asked him how someone can visibly improve their 6-pack without losing body fat...

Add Resistance

For the vast majority of people, just losing fat is the best way to see your abs, but that's not always the case. For those who are on the fringe of seeing their abs, at 10 to 12% body fat, by training the abs properly with resistance you can actually make them visually stand out better.

And that's what a lot of people miss; they're not training their abs with resistance. If you're just doing a lot of crunches, or a lot of low resistance kind of training, your abs really don't have a reason to stick out and pop out. So, that's why you get stuck in that borderline area, where you can almost see your abs. But if you properly train with resistance, you can get your abs to pop out, even if you stay at the same body fat percentage.

A better developed muscle is going to show up better at any given body fat percentage. But if you're carrying a lot of body fat, it's really not going to make a lot of difference, so you do need to lower your percentage a bit first.

You're doing Broomstick Twists wrong!

Even people with upwards of 20 to 30% body fat can still make a difference, when you properly target the deep core muscles with your ab training, hitting the transverses and obliques. You can reduce the waist size to a point, and obviously these exercises are not going to burn fat directly. You cannot do thousands of reps on your abs and think you're going to burn belly fat, it's just not going to happen.

But by using ab training techniques that target those deep muscles, you can actually pull in the waist. And, even though you didn't lose any fat, it'll look like your waist is a bit smaller. One of my favorite exercises for this hits the muscles right underneath the love handles; the obliques.

It's basically like a broomstick twist, but the difference with this one is that you don't twist your whole core around, and pivot at the waist. You actually keep your head and your hips facing forward, and you just turn and squeeze. That's where a lot of people go wrong with this exercise; they turn everything up top, and this keeps you from hitting the muscles properly.

When you turn, just concentrate on squeezing that oblique on the side, it'll almost feel like someone is jamming a knife in your side. It's a tight contraction, but I've actually seen people, without losing any body fat, tighten up and visually make their love handles look smaller. Just by targeting the right muscles, and targeting them properly, you can actually make a difference.

Imagine that one little change, and your ab training just jumped to a new level! Want to sculpt your body with some more underground exercise tips?

© 2018 Ben Guinter


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