So I finally got six pack abs. (Forgive the lack of a selfie. Sometimes you’d rather not, y’ know?) with waist training exercises
But I didn’t get there the way I thought I would.
In fact, I felt there were 2 Mental Breakthroughs I used to finally get me there…And they are not what you think.
WHY GOING HARD AFTER A GOAL DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK(waist training exercises)
You’ve probably heard it about every single sport you can imagine: Football, Basketball, Weight Training, Calisthenics, Golf, and Kayaking—heck—it’s probably true for Cheerleaders and Chess players…
“It’s 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical.”
This acknowledges that if you take away all the time training, gathering knowledge and muscle building, most of us were born with the same basic equipment. As Steve Jobs put it (or so I’ve heard), “we’re all born cold, wet and naked.”
It’s what we focus on that changes our actions and define who we are.
Duh, right? So how do we go about changing our lives? We should just focus like crazy on our goals, right?
Yes, and No.
THE PROBLEM WITH REWARDS: ABS (OR MONEY)
To get a better grasp on what motivates us, helps us change our mindsets—and ultimately our lives, let’s turn to the world of psychology for some answers.
In his well-known book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, author Dan Pink describes a recent Duke University study that took a look at how a big reward, in this case: money, effected how well people worked on a project.
From “Drive” author Dan Pink:
The “study separated people into three groups with varying levels of…difficulty and assigned small, medium, and large financial rewards.”
When tasks required basic skills, “bonuses were directly related to performance. A larger reward led to better performance.”
However, when tasks got complex and took lots of thinking, “the larger the…reward, the worse the performance.”
YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN THIS IN YOUR OWN LIFE
When you want something terribly bad, it’s easy to make it your only focus. You obsess over it. You look at your abs every day in the mirror, turning left and right. You grab the fat on your sides and frown.
You feel your tummy whenever you get the chance and swear off any food that seems tasty.
Unfortunately, that laser focus can lead to big discouragement and anger…or you could delude yourself into thinking you made HUGE progress when nothing’s happened.
I’ve done both. But there is a more sane way to chisel your abs and do waist training right
MY WEIRD AND EASY WAIST TRAINING TRICKS FOR GETTING ABS
As we’ve discussed in the past, cutting belly fat is not just about doing crunches ( Iron gym bar help to do better crunches) over and over; nor is proper waist training about starving yourself or taking some ridiculous supplements.
Remember, it’s more of a mental game than putting yourself through physical torture. So see how these tips work out for you:
1 LIMIT MIRROR CHECKS TO ONCE A WEEK POST WORKOUT
This is about encouraging your mind and feeling good about your body. After you’ve worked out you look good and feel great, meaning it’s a great time to check in with yourself. You also get the added benefit of knowing that you are positively effecting your health.
Also, and just as important, this avoidance keeps you from blowing up your achievements in your brain and sliding back into fatness. I used to do it all the time.
I would lose some fat and think, “Look at this sexy beast” and then go eat some Cheetos.
No Bueno. Stay working to stay fit.
2 SKIP THE WEIGHT SCALE AND FOCUS ON RESULTS
This is perhaps the most controversial tip I’ve discovered because for a while I was preaching the gospel of a weekly weigh-in to make sure you are on track. After all, I read about the idea from a Men’s’ Health story way back when.
But I’m guessing if you are at the place where you are starting to think about abs, you aren’t morbidly obese. You want the tight look of a well-trained core, a step above ‘healthy.’
The weight scale is a weird tool. You know it and I know it. Whatever number you read is super-vague anyhow.
Example: Let’s say you forgot to weigh yourself for three weeks (it happens!) and went from 174 pounds to 179 pounds. What does that mean? Are you a fat pig that needs to lay off the peanut butter? Did you just have 1 gluttonous week? Did you gain some muscle?
Unless you seek some professional guidance you won’t know.
As simple as they may sound, I hold these two tricks above as crazy responsible for helping me make the necessary changes to finally achieve a six pack. hope this waist training exercises also help you.
They both allow me to avoid the problem Dan Pink wrote about: placing the anticipation of a reward (getting abs) above performance (eating and working out right). And all without driving myself nuts in the process.