Planks For The Abs!
I once read somewhere that we all have abs. Sometimes it's just a matter of unearthing them.
Obviously, losing weight is key to unearthing those buried abs, but there are also ways of strengthening them and making them more pronounced.
One way that I have found effective at building up those abdominal muscles is the plank exercise. To do a plank, lie down on the ground, face first, lifting your body by "standing" on your two forearms, and your toes, almost as if you are in a push-up position. Keep your back as straight as you can. Then hold that position for as long as you can. You will find that that position places the weight of your body on your abs, thereby strengthening those ever-elusive abs. It's pretty easy to do for about thirty seconds, but as time goes on, and as you hold that position, you will be amazed at just how hard it can be. But hey, no pain no gain, right?
Rest is an important part of building muscles. The reason for that is that when you exercise, you make microscopic tears in your muscle. For most muscles, it's a good idea to give them a break for a day so that those tears can heal. It is that tearing-healing cycle that helps to build muscle. However, abdominal muscles are used to being used all day, everyday, so it should be fine to work on them everyday. The same goes for your calves. I try to do planks everyday, while mixing up the remainder of my routine to give other muscles at least one day of rest.
I like to save planks for the very end of my workout routine, because it clobbers the hell out of me, but you do not need to save them for the end.
I made this video more for laughs than anything else, but if it helps to motivate you, that's great! I can assure you that planks, along with losing weight, will help you unearth those abs. I can see my abs for the first time in my life, and I am no spring chicken.