Get your abs ready with David Beckham
For David Beckham, the secret to looking great is staying fit, while using the right skincare products – and this applies to great-looking abs, too. While weights are evidently necessary for a washboard stomach (and let’s be honest, we also quite like them), they are not enough on their own for the perfect set. The winning formula: all-targeting workout + cardio + Biotherm’s SKIN FITNESS FIRMING & RECOVERY BODY EMULSION, in order to not only enhance the firming benefit of your workout, but also tone by hydrating and cooling down the skin. Keep scrolling to discover Beckham’s abs approach, in order to get started in the pro-recommended way.
TOP AB-SHAPING EXERCISES
Many people do not see abs like other muscle groups; we are well-acquainted with designating different days to leg, push and pull exercises, but we often like to cram in an ab session before heading home. However, just like any other part of the body, it is likely that you will overtax your belly if you do this. Instead, limit yourself to practicing the following exercises (which individually target each section of your abs!) three times a week.
Exercise 1: Sit-ups
Primary target: Upper abs
Reps: 3 sets of 12
We know we’re not teaching anything new, but there’s a reason the sit-up is hailed as the abs exercise. To execute perfect form, lie flat on your back on with your knees bent and hands by your head. Then, raise your torso until you are nearly in a sitting position, being careful to keep your back straight and not overstretch your neck.
Exercise 2: Leg raises
Primary target: Lower abs
Reps: 3 sets of 10
To complement your upper abs workout, practice lower abs-targeting leg raises by lying flat on your back with your legs straight out in front of you and your arms by your side. Then, raise your legs until they are perpendicular to the floor, and slowly lower them back down until they are hovering just about the ground. Raise your legs back up and repeat.
Exercise 3: Spiderman Plank Crunch
Primary target: Upper and lower abs
Reps: 3 sets of 10
This hard-core exercise will not only tone your abs, but your legs and arms too, all the while strengthening your core. Start in a traditional plank position with your forearms on the ground and your body perfectly straight (no letting your back cave in!). Then, bring your right knee towards your right elbow, and come back to the plank position. Then, repeat with the left side, which will be one rep. Note: actually becoming spiderman is not guaranteed.
Top Tip: Why not supercharge your workout and do a combo exercise? Instead of completing 3 sets of the same move, alternating between different exercises (for example, one set of sit-ups, one set of leg raises and one set of spiderman plank crunches) without any breaks will ramp up your cardio, all the while ensuring you do not exhaust your muscles, as you are using different groups. Added bonus: you’ll be out of the gym much quicker!
ABDOSCULPT BODY FIRMING GEL BY BIOTHERM
To accelerate your abs on their way to chiselled perfection, David Beckham recommends regular use of SKIN FITNESS FIRMING & RECOVERY BODY EMULSION , packed with magnesium, sodium and camphor to replenish and tone the skin. Indeed, this muscle superhero is designed to help tone certain areas of the body by enhancing the firming benefits of the work-out, as well as cooling down the skin.
So there you have it: the winning formula to whip your abs back into shape all year long!