WEEKLY EXERCISE TIP: ABS ABS ABS

This is not a new subject. How do I get abs? What do I need to do to see them? Before we begin to talk about training, it's important to understand that what you eat is the single most important factor in developing your abs. If you are eating crap, you will never ever ever everrrrr see your abs. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s move to training. Abs can be seen when your body is LEAN and not just a little lean, a LOT lean. It’s the prize of all prizes for all the hard work you put in. So, (honest talk) if you aren’t ready to work hard, you may want to find another dream. While core and ab exercises will definitely target your mid section, your best bet is to focus on compound full body exercises that require a lot of energy and a lot of core stabilization- this mean squatting, lunging and deadlifting. Try putting a barbell on your back, getting into a low squat and pushing yourself back to the starting position without using your abs. You can’t do it. Bonus: you are working the largest muscles in your body, which means you are increasing muscle mass and ultimately increasing your metabolism. Finish your squats and deadlifts and THEN we can talk about ab exercises.

AB FUEL RECIPE: 

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Throwing almonds in a salad is perfect source of protein, fiber and lots of antioxidants like Vitamin E. Here's a super easy and delicious salad with lots of protein (ab fuel!) and some of my favorite foods. Start with the dressing in a large bowl - whisk together 2 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp chopped shallots, 1 tbsp champagne vinegar, 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1/8 tsp kosher salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Once the dressing is made, add 4 cups spring mix, 1/2 cup sliced or diced avocado and 3 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds. Sometimes I throw a little sprinkle of red pepper flakes into the dressing for some spice. What are your favorite salads to make with almonds?