Core and More in 4
Premier Mind & Body’s Chris DiVecchio offers advice on achieving a lean summer body.
WATER. WATER. WATER.
H2O is our friend and our enemy, but most people don’t know how to get rid of it in their body to get that lean look for the pool parties. To drop water you need to drink water. Give yourself one week, and start by drinking 1 gallon on days 1, 2 and 3. On day 4 reduce your water intake to ½ gallon. On day 5 and 6 reduce it to ¼ gallon. Day 7, which should be the day of your event, you will consume as little water as you can until you get poolside.
LESS CARBS AFTER 3 P.M.
Carbohydrates are a great source of energy … however, if you don’t know how to use them, they can leave you looking bloated. Keep your carbs toward the front end of your day. Breakfast and lunch are two meals that you can safely add carbs and capitalize on their benefits by burning them for energy. Consume carbs any later than 3 p.m., and you may run the risk of storing them as fat. Not ideal for that summer body.
STOP AB WORK 2 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT.
When you train a muscle, including abs, you create inflammation. The inflammation in your mid-section from doing crunches before you take your shirt off can smooth out those deep cuts you have in your abdominals. You’ve worked way too hard to get them, so make sure you train them hard for a few days and then give them a couple days to recover before the big reveal.
ISOMETRIC TRAINING IS WAY UNDERRATED.
Isometric work is contracting a muscle without any weight resistance. By working a muscle isometrically, you can increase muscle hardness and definition. Biceps, triceps and chest are three main muscle groups that can show impressive results through isometric training. You can perform isometrics in between sets at the gym or you can even perform isometrics in your car while your sitting still on the 405. The harder and more frequently you contract those muscles, the tighter and harder those muscles will look.
Chris graciously modeled for our Blue Sunday fashion feature on page 84. You can visit him at premiermindandbody.com