How to get great abs

Time Out finds out how to get great abs with advice on how to get rid of love handles and an exercise routine

Stop Doing Crunches
Surprise, surprise, but regular crunches don’t work. By doing them, you’re just straining your back and not really working on your core. Pilates is the key to getting supermodel abs, where you will be incorporating and employing more muscles than usual.

Consistency
Having that week off exercise is not okay. If you want a toned body, you need to work for it. Don’t exercise for a week and then not keep at it. Four to five workouts a week is ideal.

Have a Cheat Day
The more you deprive yourself of the foods you crave, the more you’ll want to binge. Allow yourself that one day a week, or fortnight, to go all out. It’s okay to have fried chicken and hot sauce for one meal if you’ve been training regularly.

Stop Adding Sugar

You know that bulge that sits below your belly button, or the ones either side of it that someone has very inappropriately named love handles? Yes, all of that is sugar. Reduce your sugar intake and watch the lumps disappear. There’s a reason they say abs are made in the kitchen.

A-Tone Fitness Lounge, Prime Tower, Business Bay, www.a-tone.ae (04 338 8908).


Four to try Pilates reformer and mat classes


Real Pilates
In its new JLT studio, each session at Real Pilates exclusively focuses on abs, core and strength training. There are more than 140 classes to choose from, including the V2Max Plus reformer class.
One JLT, www.real-pilates.com.


Core Fitness Evolution

With just 40-minute sessions, the team here have trained the bodies of Sofia Vergara and Kim Kardashian. You can’t not listen to their fitness talk.
Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, www.corefitnessevolution.com.


Naya Yoga and Pilates
This ladies-only boutique studio offers just six reformer machine, so it’s as good as a private lesson. The class focuses on small muscle groups.
Kojak building, Motor City, www.naya.ae.


The Hundred
This dedicated Pilates space runs everything from mat, reformer, circuit and even pole Pilates. There’s also fresh green juice and organic treats to enjoy after an intense class.
Jumeirah 1, www.thehundred.ae.

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