Get Taylor Lautner’s Washboard Abs
By Dr. Bradley Frederick
Getting Taylor Lautner’s washboard abs isn’t far out of reach, according to Jordan Yuam, Lautner’s personal trainer and founder of Jordan’s Virtual Fit Club. To get a cut stomach, you need to eat right, focus on doing the exercises properly and give your body time to recover.
EAT WITH YOUR ABS IN MIND
“Eating is 90% of getting the abs to come in,” says Yuam. Its true no matter how strong or defined the muscles are, if they are covered by a layer of fat no high intensity training program alone will work. To get a lean muscle mass, you must put down the cheeseburgers and alcohol, stay away from processed foods and try substituting green tea for your coffee.
Recently on Oprah, Dr Perricone stated “if you just replaced coffee with green tea, you could lose 10 pounds in six weeks.” Green Tea helps stabilize your blood sugar, is a powerful antioxidant and will help burn fat.
Food preservatives, diet sodas, and processed foods increase toxicity and lead to weight gain, while interfering with weight loss. “Eat foods that are organic, especially organic meat,” Yuam said.
“If you eat the right foods your body will improve its metabolic rate,” says Yuam. In Fact, restricting calories, especially protein, will only slow down your metabolism and won’t help you loss weight over the long term. Muscles are made of protein and the more you have, the more calories you burn, so don’t skip the protein.
The best way to monitor your food intake is to keep a daily food and weight journal, and then you create accountability for the food choices you’re making.
BREATHE AND FOCUS FOR A FASTER SIX PACK
When exercising, breathing and focusing on working your abdominal muscles will help your six-pack appear faster. Slowly and fully exhale when contracting the abdominals in each exercise. During his workouts, Lautner honed in on his abs for about 15-20 minutes every other day with intense concentration and Yaum made sure he focused.
The exercises that Lautner did to create his six-pack were tailored especially for his body type. You can try a few of them yourself:
1) The Hanging Leg Raise. Grab a chin up bar overhand and hang with your feet together and your knees bent slightly. Then, bend your knees to lift your thighs all the way up to your chest. When the front of your thighs reach your chest, hold the position and exhale fully. Then slowly lower your knees back to the starting position, consciously inhaling fully. Alternating between stretching and compressing will help define your abs.
2) Planks. Lay face down on a mat with your forearms and palms flat and your legs extended. Make two fists and push up onto your forearms. Then, raise up onto your toes, as if you’re going to do a push up. Your body should be a straight line, from your shoulders to your toes. Use your abdominal muscles to hold this position for as long as you can, breathing in and out the whole time. Work towards holding this position for 60-90 seconds.
3) Planks to Pikes. Start in the plank position. Then, using your abdominals and your gluteus muscles, slowly raise your hips to the sky, so your body makes a V, for the yogis this is called down dog. Then, lower it back down into the plank position. Remember to breathe and focus on your abdominal muscles.
4) Plank Variations. Work variations of the plank into your exercise routine, such as hip planks, side planks, and single leg planks.
GIVE YOUR ABS TIME TO RECOVER
“Recovery is the most important thing if you want to see results,” says Yuam. When you work out you are actually breaking down muscle tissue. Building occurs because a signal is sent to the brain saying we need to make this muscle stronger. Abdominal muscles, like all other muscles should really only be worked every other day to get definition. Thus the secret is work them hard and then let them rest and rebuild before doing your ab routine again.
Lautner worked out with Yuam for nine months to get his body into New Moon shape. Yuam also shared some words of wisdom with us that he imparted on Lautner: “Only 25% of your life should be working out. The remaining should be your family, children, relationships, and your job.” After working with some of the most successful top professional athletes and celebrities in the world, these words of finding balance are not only the most important advice we can give, it is the only way any of us can find real lasting happiness and joy, no matter how beautiful our bodies become.
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