They’re stunning photos. Nick is a competitive bodybuilder, and he looks great from every angle, but what really caught our eye in this shoot was his rippling washboard of a stomach. His abs are so sharp and defined that they almost look like they might hurt you – it’s a risk we’re willing to take.
But how do fitness models such as Nick get their abs in peak condition? Here’s some tips that you might want to try and incorporate into your regime.
Start with your diet
If you’d like to see more definition in your abs, one of the key things to focus on is your diet.
Everyone has got a set of abdominal muscles, but you need to be fairly lean and strong in order to get the definition that you see on underwear models.
There’s no point doing a whole heap of sit-ups if you’re not going to embrace the kind of diet discipline that reveal your abs in all their glory.
Hit the intervals
Intense interval training is a great way to help you get lean and strong. Interval training comes in lots of different forms, so try a few different options and figure out what works best for you.
You need to be fairly structured and methodical in order to get the best out of interval training – you’re looking for short and intense bursts of exercise with controlled recovery periods to maximise the impact on your body. Sign-up with a personal trainer or join a CrossFit class so that you can put all of your focus on pounding out the exercises without having to keep an eye on the stopwatch.
Get serious about squats
It probably feels a bit counter-intuitive, but if you’re wondering about which exercises you should be concentrating on if you want to enhance your abs, you’ll get better results from squats than you will from ab-crunches.
Squats are a great functional exercise, really engaging your abs as you lift the weight and push through the upwards motion.
If you want great abs then the squat rack is going to be your new best friend.