It was at the age of 12 when I started to feel insecure about my stomach area. Barely a teenager, I felt uncomfortable wearing tight tops that accentuated that area and from my teenage years till the age of 22, I worked out and tried as many diets as possible that would help me get rid of the pooch I believed I had. To be honest, I wasn’t even overweight but I felt like there was some fat in that area that needed to be burned. We all have our physical insecurities, right?
Well, after going back and forth, trying new workouts and diets, it was this one change I made in my fitness routine that enabled me to burn belly fat and reveal the abs that lay underneath within a couple of weeks! I had had a 2-pack for a few years and this year (2017) was the coming of the 4-pack! Watch out for me in 2018 because 6-pack, here I come! Okay enough of this rambling, I know you’re waiting for me to reveal my secret so….here it is:-
So, the one fitness change that helped me sculpt and reveal my abs was….. treadmill HIIT/interval training! Over the past year, you’ve probably heard me go on and on in my blog posts about HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training). Well, that’s because it’s been such a huge game-changer for me! Here is the science of how it works:-
HIIT is a training technique whereby you alternate between quick, intense bursts of exercise followed by a short recovery period. This type of training is effective as it keeps your heart rate up in your active recovery period and therefore burns fat. In particular, it is effective at burning belly fat.
See, one thing that most people don’t know is that EVERYONE HAS ABS! Yes, even you reading this post whilst eating a cookie. We all have abs but some of our abs are just concealed under a layer/layers of fat! This is where HIIT comes in to burn the fat and therefore reveal the muscular structures underneath.
Of course, you also have to watch your diet by eating enough protein and healthy fats as well as doing some abdominal exercises, such as my ab-sculpting workout. However, HIIT does what 100 crunches a day will never do, it gets rid of the fat layers on top therefore allowing your abs to pop!
So after reading this simplified scientific explanation, I’m sure you’re wondering how I incorporate HIIT into my routine? I usually do treadmill HIIT 2-3 times a week at the beginning of my workout. I do a 2 minute warm up (walking), then turn the speed up to the fastest speed I can sprint at. My sprints last 30-40 seconds or basically until my heart and feet can’t take it anymore, then I rest for 30 seconds-1 minute and repeat up to 10 times. I must admit, this workout is tiring but after trying it for 2 weeks, I started to notice a significant difference!
HIIT has definitely changed my workouts and it has become a permanent addition to my routine. I hope you found this post informative and if you give it a try, let me know about your progress!
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