How To Get Abs For Girls And Still Have A Womanly And Feminine Look
Many of my articles are geared towards both men and women. In this article though, I’m going to concentrate on how to get abs for girls but not for men. If you are a woman who wants slim, somewhat toned and flat abs, this article is for you.
When you concentrate on getting abs for girls specifically, the end result is much better and appealing than following a man’s approach.
There are many different types of looking bodies and many different opinions as to what looks good. If you’re a woman who wants extreme ab definition with deep and cut lines this probably isn’t the article for you. I’m not saying that every woman should try to develop a more womanly physique, but I do feel that in general it is a better look to shoot for.
The same goes for guys who workout. Having an extreme amount of muscle just doesn’t look natural. Some guys can pull it off better than others, but for the majority, having a more natural amount of muscle that looks really defined and cut is better than being humongous … in my opinion.
How To Get Abs For Girls
When it comes to getting abs, whether for girls for for guys, many of the same rules and principles apply. The absolute most important aspect is your diet.
In fact, if you focus too much on doing as many ab exercises as you can and not as much on the diet you may end up looking worse. The overall goal for girls trying to get abs should be to get as flat of a stomach as possible.
If you do too many crunches, situps or other ab building exercises then it stands to reason that your abs are going to get bigger. Instead of bigger abs, you should want to get abs that are tight and toned.
In this article I’ll outline the key components of how to get abs for girls. The two main areas that you should be focusing on are:
- Doing only the best ab exercises for girls
- Revealing your abs through diet and other workouts
By concentrating on these two aspects in as simple of a way as possible you’ll get the best results.
If you make sure that you (1) do a few exercises to get toned abs, (2) diet to create a calorie deficit and then (3) add some fat burning workouts on top of that you will be able to get abs and then most importantly, you’ll be able to see them.
Step 1 – Best Ab Exercises For Girls
As I mentioned above, doing an endless amount of crunches and other ab building exercises is not what you should be doing to get abs. By doing this you are more likely to build the size of your stomach as well as your abs.
Instead, here are some exercises that will help you to create a flat stomach that does not bulge out.
Ab Exercise #1 – The Plank
I’ve written out a complete plank workout so I won’t re-write it, but you can do it to help you to tone and flatten your abs. Here is a video to show you just what a plank is.
There are also some really good variations of this exercise. One of those is the side plank, which is great for working your obliques. Here’s a video showing you how to do this exercise.
Ab Exercise #2 – The Vacuum
The vacuum is a fairly old-school exercise but it is great for creating a flat stomach. I try to do these randomly throughout the day. Here’s a video showing you how to do this exercise. I also like to do these on the floor while on all fours.
Step 2 – Dieting To Get Abs
The diet is really the answer to how to abs for girls. Without a proper diet it really doesn’t matter how well toned your abs are because you will never see them.
There are many different diets that you can follow but the most important thing to remember is that you have to be able to stick with it. If you go on a crash course diet and lose weight you will often regain it after you are done.
Instead of taking this approach, find a diet that works for you, allows for some lenience from time to time and then stick with it. Just remember, the number one rule to losing weight is to create a calorie deficit with your diet and then to compliment or assist that by adding exercise.
Step 3 – Workout To Burn Stubborn Fat
After you’ve created the initial calorie deficit from your diet it is now time to add in some calorie burning workouts.
If you are not doing any type of strength training then I strongly recommend that you do so. Don’t worry, you won’t get big or buff if you do it correctly and it will add great shape and tone to your entire body. Here is an article on how weight lifting for women should be done.
Another important type of exercise (even more so than the ab exercises themselves) is cardio. Since the number one factor in determining whether or not you “have abs” is if you can see them, doing cardio will help you burn off whatever stubborn fat that is left over after your dieting.
Doing cardio is a great way to burn extra calories and to reveal your hard earned abs. Here is a solid workout schedule that will help you get abs.
- Day 1 – Chest & Back followed by HIIT cardio
- Day 2 – Shoulders & Arms followed by HIIT cardio
- Day 3 – Abs
- Day 4 – Chest & Back followed by HIIT cardio
- Day 5 – Shoulders & Arms followed by HIIT cardio
- Day 6 – Abs
- Day 7 – Rest
You’ll notice that there aren’t any set “leg days” but that is because of the HIIT. Doing high intensity interval training will work your legs plenty and you should not do direct leg workouts in addition to this since this would most likely result in over reaching.
Here is a great interval workout that you can do on a treadmill that will blast fat right off of your abs. Do this right after your strength training for your HIIT cardio and you’ll get awesome results.
Putting It All Together
For girls to have visible abs it usually takes getting down to about 16% body fat. Once you do that you will have some great looking abs.
If you want to get more of a ripped look then you’re going to have to get down to 12% or so.
For most women, this is going to be extremely low and depending upon your body you might start looking less “womanly.” My guess is that the woman in this picture here is 10-12% body fat. It can be tough to put an exact number on a fat percentage since everybody shows differently.
As long as you follow these steps you will get abs.
(1) Do sufficient amounts of ab exercises and make sure that they work on producing a flat stomach.
(2) Create a calorie deficit with your diet to lose enough fat to reveal your abs.
(3) Add in some full body workouts and cardio to burn off any stubborn body fat that is covering your abs.