How to get my Washboard Abs

Ingrid Macher

Nothing in the world feels as good as knowing you look great. Sure, being healthy is the most important part, but when you’re walking on the beach and people are staring because you have amazing abs, that’s something to be proud of!

The first and most important thing to remember when trying to sculpt your abs is your diet. You can do a thousand crunches a day, but if you’re not feeding your body healthy foods, you won’t see the result of your ab exercises. You have to be just as dedicated in the kitchen as you are in the gym.

I’m not saying that if you eat healthy, you’ll develop rock hard abs, I’m saying there has to be a middle ground and both take dedication.

Think of it this way, you could have the most amazing abs, but if they’re hiding under body fat, then you’ll never be able to seem them. Likewise, if you’re a very lean eater and have a low body percentage, yet never workout, there isn’t much muscle to see and, again, no one will see any abs.

To help you understand a little better, let me tell you about my story.

How I Got my Six-pack Abs

Three years ago, when I decided to lose the extra weight I was carrying around, I went I a special diet for 21 days. During these 21 day, I allowed my body to get rid of all the toxins and junk that’s been stored in there for years. I ate very particular foods during this time in order to allow my body to fully detox. You can learn more about this step here.

Once those 21 days were over, I was amazed to see little definition on both sides on my abs! Holy cow, I was so motivated I had to keep going. I was ready to fully commit to getting washboard abs like the ones int he fitness magazines.

After that detox diet, I stuck to a strict clean eating diet. I only ate lean meats such as fish and chicken, green veggies, fruits like strawberries and pineapples and whole grains. And the whole grains were only to help my workouts and I only ate them before 3:00p.m.

The key to great abs is sending signals from your brain to your core by constantly engaging your core. During every single exercise at the gym, it’s important to squeeze your abs the whole time, even when working out your legs and arms. Imagine you’re telling your squeezed abs to “STAY!”, sounds silly, but it worked for me.

As soon as you start seeing results, you’re not even going to want to eat unhealthy foods. The two, working out and exercising, go hand in hand.

Here’s a great exercise that helped me get my amazing abs:

  • Lay down on the floor and do 50 regular crunches
  • Break for 10 seconds
  • Lift your feet to the sky and do another 50 crunches
  • Break for 10 seconds
  • Put your feet on the ground, facing each other. As you were seeing if they are the same size; do another 50 crunches in that position
  • Break for 10 seconds
  • Do the second set the exact same way
  • One the third and final set, do not stop crunching. Have your feet on the floor for 50 crunches, raise your feet to the sky for 50 crunches, and lower them into third position for 50 crunches. Nonstop.

Be sure to stretch your core immediately after.

Between the lean healthy diet, doing ab exercises and constantly engaging your core, you’ll have sculpted abs just like me in no time!

Written by Ingrid Macher

Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Motivator

I have a passion for helping people change their lives. I started out helping my friends and now I give advice and tips to perfect strangers who have now become my friends. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change my life even if I could. This kind of happy is truly a gift and I’ll do whatever it takes to be able to give this gift to others.