When it comes to fitness and exercise there are many different tips floating around on the internet but not all of them should be listened to.
Australian trainer and martial arts expert, Tiffiny Hall, has shared what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to your exercise regimen.
The 33-year-old, who has recently lost 21 kilograms after giving birth, detailed her approach to training.
‘Once upon a time, there was a horrible, terrible story of fake news going round, that the only way to get abs was through hundreds and thousands of ab crunches,’ she told Body + Soul.
‘Spoiler alert: that’s just as wrong as a poorly fitted toupee.’
Australian trainer, Tiffiny Hall, has shared what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to your health (pictured)
According to Tiffiny, there’s no need to train one part of your body every day.
She explained that all of our muscles need to be trained in a variety of ways and pushing our muscles through different movements allows our muscles to rebuild and also gives them time to recover.
Despite many wanting rock-solid abs, Tiffiny said we shouldn’t be treating our abs differently to any other part of our body.
Training every day was the first myth Tiffiny completely blasted as she said we shouldn’t be treating our abs differently to any other part of our body
She explained that all of our muscles need to be trained in a variety of ways
She said crunching your abs twice a week is all you need and you should never be targeting your mid-section on consecutive days.
Tiffiny also debunked the myth that hundreds of crunches will develop abs.
‘Guess what? Your abs are a muscle just like every other muscle (stay with me as I get fancy, also known as the rectus abdominus) and you have to train them just like you would your legs or arms,’ Tiffiny explained.
‘If you want some definition there, you have to work and build it up. I can see the panic in your face, don’t let the word “build” freak you out!’
Tiffiny said that pushing our muscles through a variety of movements allows them to rebuild and also recover
Tiffiny likes to share quick and easy work outs on her Instagram to encourage others to incorporate exercise into their days
Tiffiny said that if you want definition in your ab area you have to ‘build it up’
The fitness star said that building your stomach doesn’t mean it will ‘bulge out’ as our ab muscles are compact.
TIFFINY’S FITNESS AND HEALTH TIPS
– Meal prep to save time and energy
– Make use of items around you to exercise, such as prams for back kicks
– Test yourself with a fitness challenge
– Get your exercise gear ready the night before
– Try a three minute yoga workout
If you want to tone your stomach you have to build the muscle in such a way that it sits on top of the tendons.
She also disagreed with the idea that crunches are the best exercises for your abs.
‘Sure, crunches mean you’ll target your ab muscles through isolation, however, isolation exercises won’t tone as well as exercises that involve a larger group of muscles,’ Tiffiny said.
‘Your body knows what’s happening and our muscles were created to peak when working together with other muscles.’
The mother-of-one said that if you eat an unhealthy diet, training and crunches aren’t going to counteract the effects that bad food has on your body
Tiffiny explained that every single one of us have abs but if we have a layer or two of fat, they are often hidden underneath
Tiffiny said that if you want to tone your stomach you have to build the muscle in such a way that it sits on top of the tendons
The mother-of-one said that if you eat an unhealthy diet, training and crunches aren’t going to counteract the effects that junk food has on your body.
Tiffiny explained that every single one of us have abs, but if we have a layer or two of fat, they are often hidden underneath.
Having a low body fat percentage means that your abs will be visible to the world and Tiffiny said that 80 per cent of weight loss comes down to your diet.
She suggested that to see the abs you may be so desperately after you need to ‘eat clean’, watch your portions and eat everything in moderation, which means allowing yourself the occasional treat.
The trainer also said that daily activity was the key to transforming your body.
‘We are always working towards it, every time we make the choice to press play or eat the healthier option,’ she said in an Instagram post.
‘We are inching closer to that lifestyle remodelling and next minute, you don’t even realise you’re making the choices that are kinder to your body, it will become automatic!’