- Athlete Hunter McIntyre told Insider that core workouts aren’t essential to getting those rolling abs.
- The Americans show off endurance and strength by winning the 2022 Hyrox World Championships.
- He has a six-pack but rarely trains his abs, preferring to walk, lift weights and strengthen his back.
According to world champion athlete Hunter McIntyre, you don’t necessarily have to spend hours doing sit-ups, crunches, and planks if you want to develop rolling abs.
McIntyre told Insider that resistance training, walking and eating well are enough.
McIntyre won the 2022 Elite Hyrox World Championships on May 14 and holds the world record in endurance events, which combine running with functional fitness exercises such as weight lunges, farmer’s backs and sled pulls.
The American athlete said he doesn’t think you need to choose between endurance and strength, and staying in shape should be simple.
McIntyre doesn’t do any ab workouts
McIntyre has six-pack abs, but he rarely does dedicated core exercises — he’s more focused on strengthening his back and glutes to keep his body safe during competition, he said.
Visible abs, he says, comes down to being thin enough, which is mostly produced through diet, because The nutritionist and personal trainer previously told Insider.
“If you want to see abs, you have to take care of it in the kitchen,” says McIntyre.
Work hard and walk hard at the gym
To build abs, McIntyre recommends training “very hard” a few times a week.
“I’m not trying to scare you off, but consciously train, move weights that challenge you, and run faster on the treadmill than you’re comfortable with,” McIntyre said.
Having a strong core is important to help prevent injuries, and there are several ways to strengthen it: Compound exercises like squats and deadlifts require core engagementmachines like rowing machines can also work in the midsection because Insider’s Gabby Landsverk reports.
Outside the gym, McIntyre recommends walking, which experts say can help
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Ultimately, moving in any way will help you stay in shape, McIntyre said.
If you can’t get to the gym, he recommends packing some weights in your backpack and walking up and down the hills, gardening, or doing push-ups and squats while watching TV.
“As long as you’re moving, you’re going in the right direction,” McIntyre said.
Hanging Leg Raises and Crunches Can Help You Show Your Abs
While losing belly fat through diet is essential to showing your abs, building the muscles themselves can help them show, just like a physique trainer. Cliff Wilson and bodybuilders sunny andrews Tell Insider before.
To do this, they recommend exercises like hanging leg raises and sit-ups.
Add weights to exercises and apply progressive overload Wilson said.
set goals for yourself
He said McIntyre lost his way as a teenager, was kicked out of various rehab centers and struggled to find his way.
After six months as a lumberjack in Montana, the 18-year-old not only gained 60 pounds of muscle, he said, he realized he was capable of doing tough things.
Temperatures could drop in Montana’s winter Down to -50°F.
“I froze to death, and from that day on, I went to hell and I went from being a boy to being a man,” McIntyre said. “Everything I do now is a tenth of what it was before.”
This experience taught him the importance of pushing himself and setting goals.
“I think it’s important for people to always have a mission or something they want to achieve,” he said.
It doesn’t need to be extreme when it comes to fitness, it can simply get to a place where you can run spontaneously
Play with your kids, or play a game of football with your friends, McIntyre said.
“Another aspect of it is that it creates a beautiful body,” he said.