Do you really need to train abs?

by Stefanie Antorcha

Do you really need to train abs?

Abs are made in the kitchen, right? That’s what I keep hearing. So, if that’s true… why are so many of us over here doing crunch, after crunch, after crunch? I, for one, HATE training abs! In fact, yesterday, my husband told me to go do some lower abs, and you would of thought he punched me in the face. I train abs, maybe… once a month; at the very most.

So, lets discuss this topic; do you have to train abs in order to have a lean, defined midsection?

Let’s discuss diet

The way I think about “diet” is eating to fuel your goals. The reason we eat is to live, survive, and complete our daily goals. So why would we not feed ourselves with the proper nutrients? Regardless if you are a man or woman, the abdominals is where A LOT of people tend to store fat; however, this is especially true for us females. If you have extra fat on your belly, it doesn’t matter how many crunches and ab moves you do… you will NEVER see them.

Now, does that mean you have to starve, not eat any carbs, and slowly kill yourself (that may have been a little bit exaggerated); the answer is NO! You just need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That means a healthy blend of protein, carbs, and fats. You should NEVER eat only one of these nutrients, your body needs them ALL to function properly.

These are my favorite foods for a defined tummy:

  • Proteins: Chicken, white fish, lean beef, egg whites, beauty whey, Bambody treats
  • Carbs: sweet potato, oatmeal, red potato, rice
  • Fats: Avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, almond, nut butters

As far as the perfect amounts of each to eat, that is different for every person. What works for me, probably won’t work for you, but that just means you need to find your magic numbers. If you need help, working with a trainer or coach can help you discover your magic numbers. For more information on individual nutrition plans visit

Now, our diets is on point…. Do we still need to train abs? The answer here is YES!

With that said, can you have abs and not ever exercise them, ABSOLUTELY! However, just like we discussed in our female chest training article, it is very important to strengthen your entire body and not create imbalances.

As I have already confessed, I don’t train abs; do I have them; yes, most the time. However, I have problems with my hips and lower back that come directly from my weak core. A strong core can also help aid in muscle growth. The stronger your core, the more stability you have, therefore the more weight you can lift. AKA booty gains ladies :)

Essentially, core work IS important. Whether you simply desire a certain look, or wish to build a strong physique… it all goes hand in hand.

Conclusion: eat right and train right and everything will come together.

Till next time beauties…

Stefanie Antorcha
Stefanie Antorcha

IFBB Bikini Professional, CEO BamBody Nutrition & Team BeautyFit® Athlete

My name is Stefanie Antorcha and I am the owner of BamBody Nutrition. BamBody is a nutritional company that specializes in the most amazing, if I don’t say so myself, protein treats. As an IFBB bikini pro, wife, parent, and business owner life can get a little crazy… and by “little” I mean freaking out of control, spiraling in all different directions, why is that on fire, kind of crazy. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m a tremendous believer in creating, and maintaining, a healthy body from the inside out.

Essentially, as a certified nutritionist, professional competitor, and, well, all around real life superwoman (I’m just playing ya’ll) I have learned A LOT. By no means do I have the solution to everyone of life’s complicated situations, but with the knowledge I have accumulated over the years I do have a plethora of information I’m oozing to share! Follow along for some bomb recipes, killer workouts, and all around advice and support to be the superwoman I know you are!

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