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Cheat Training: 18 Lazy Ways To Develop Awesome Abs

Sculpting a six-pack doesn't always mean hard work and buckets of sweat. Carve your abs the easy way with these 18 awesome tips!

Who said sculpting a six-pack should be hard work? Follow these corner-cutting tips to find your abs in half the time and get to your fighting weight with barely any effort at all.

1 / Make Yourself Uncomfortable

An uncomfortable chair might be hell on your glutes, but can be hugely beneficial to your abs because fidgeting dramatically improves your cardiovascular fitness and calorie burn in the long term, found research in Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise.

Getting a little wiggle room does the same to your trousers size.

2 / Water it Down

You literally have a weight-loss aid on tap—you probably just don't know it. In a study of dieters in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association, people who drank two glasses of water before each meal lost more than two kilograms of extra weight inside three months.

It seems as if the water helped the participants feel fuller and eat fewer calories. What could be easier?

3 / Mind to Your Muscles

If you're losing weight for a weigh-in then you'll still be training, but there is a way you can make your muscles work harder. Your muscles stare at you in the mirror so give them a little thought during training.

Visualizing the muscles flexing can give you up to 53 percent more power, found research in Neuropsychologia. Unlike chicken, your visualizations can leave the skin on.

4 / Give the Swiss a Miss

Don't bother doing too many exercises—such as the shoulder presses—on the Swiss ball. Research in Dynamic Medicine found that it doesn't work your abs any harder than if you did this exercise on a bench.

Plus the stable surface will make you press more weight, translating into more powerful punches.

5 / Masked Ball

It's well known that most of the world's leading mixed martial artists involve themselves in some form of hypoxic training before fights. The reasons are clear: training at altitude with limited oxygen can increase your VO2max by 13 percent (a benchmark for aerobic fitness), found research in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. Use a low oxygen mask (Elevation Training Mask 2.0, $80, otmfightshops.com) to mimic these effects without having to move to Colorado.

6 / Team Up

Exercising in a group encouraged athletes to go at it for two minutes longer than those who went at it with a partner and twice as long as those who went at it alone, found research in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. There certainly is power in numbers.

7 / Cold Handshake

Keeping your palms cool while training improves your endurance, found research by the American Heart Foundation.

Cool palms, by holding something like the Bex Runner Cool Point ice gel pack ($19.99, tptherapy.com), helped people shave five minutes off their 2.5k walk time.

Wear it while you train to get an extra endurance kick.

8 / Weights Vs Cardio

There is a long-standing dispute about whether cardio or weights deliver fat loss faster. Well, aerobic exercise done at 80 percent of your maximum heart rate is far superior to weightlifting (12 reps per set) at reducing belly fat, found research in Endocrinology and Metabolism. Debate over. Winner: cardio.

9 / Make a Bet

To sharpen the point of your V-shape, you need to lose fat. A financial incentive—such as entering a weight loss competition—was a successful motivating force for weight loss, found research in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Enter a competition with someone you know—or even better, someone you don't like.

10 / Add Some Hot Sauce

A powerful ingredient (capsaicin) in this condiment specifically reduces belly fat, found research in the Brigham and Women's Hospital. A svelte waist will also make your back seem broader.

11 / Temperature Control Your Weight Loss

Exposure to cooler temperatures switches on your brown fat, which keeps you warm, causing you to burn more calories, found research at the Joslin Diabetes Center. Do your training outside, especially during the winter.

12 / Don't Get Mad, Get Angry

Pump yourself up mentally before any exercise and you'll increase your power output by a whopping eight percent, found a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Anyone got a photo of Michael Bisping?

13 / Argy-Bargy

Want a sly performance booster? Take arginine before exercise and you'll train 17 percent longer and harder, found a study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

14 / Wash Your Mouth Out

Swilling then spitting out a menthol liquid such as mouthwash increases endurance by 12 percent, found research in the European Journal of Applied Physiology. Fresh breath is just another upside.

15 / Cool Runnings

Treadmills all taken? Run outside. The 'mill makes you use 36 percent less O2 than running on terra firma, making you fry fewer calories, found research Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

16 / Get a Eucalyptus Car Air Freshener

This smell helps stop cravings for high-calorie foods such as chocolate, found research at Flinders University, Australia. It might not be masculine, but neither is a belly that would put a pregnant lady to shame.

17 / Kick Off Your Kicks

It takes 53 percent more energy to walk on the balls of your feet (the way a barefoot runner would) than to walk on your heels (the way a shoe-wearer does), found research in The Journal of Experimental Biology. Take the occasional naked run, or simply walk wherever you can.

18 / Get a Sit-Stand Desk

Our lives are geared toward the please-be-seated trend, so standing at work is a smart way to get paid to lose weight.

You'll burn approximately 50 extra calories each hour if you alternate between sitting and standing.

Over a year, this deficit would make you 10 kilograms lighter. It's the laziest way to get lean.


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JustinWolz

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Cardio really? Unless you're doing HIIT weights are definatley the way to go. You burn more far outside of the gym after you lift compare to just cardio.

Mar 28, 2013 5:20pm | report
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I agree.

Mar 28, 2013 6:35pm | report
Pieterdb

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Pieterdb

Any references to this?

Mar 29, 2013 5:03am | report
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Because your utilzing more muscle fibers under the compression of weight and also different types of fibers than you would with running. Also theres the after burn effect from doing heavy weight training. Look up what muscle fibers are and then the after burn effect and you will a better understanding of this. im still learning my self.

Mar 29, 2013 7:04am | report
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sbrooke

Agreed. I used to be a runner (5-7 miles 5 days a week) and not until I started lifting did I notice a real change in my BF% and how good I felt.

Still love to run and it will burn fat but nothing shapes you up like lifting and HIIT work.

Mar 29, 2013 7:55am | report
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samps6

it says cardio on 80%, definitely its not LISS.. use a Heart rate monitor that can show u how many kcal u burnd.. u�ll find out easy

Mar 29, 2013 12:30pm | report
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Agree, maybe they checked only the calories burnt while doing cardio/weights, but definitely not the overall calories burnt the days after due to either one of them. Winner: weights, end of story :D

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Veronikite

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Agree, maybe they checked only the calories burnt while doing cardio/weights, but definitely not the overall calories burnt the days after due to either one of them. Winner: weights, end of story :D

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As I went down this list I began to think "Is this a serious article?"

Mar 29, 2013 6:34am | report
GunslingerUSMC

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I was wondering the same thing. Thought maybe it was an early April Fool's joke.

Mar 29, 2013 7:14am | report
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Agreed, some of the stuff on there is just ridiculous

Mar 29, 2013 9:14am | report
GunslingerUSMC

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GunslingerUSMC

No offense to the author or anything, but some of the stuff in this article seems a little...I dunno...retarded...

Mar 29, 2013 7:14am | report
sbrooke

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sbrooke

Totally get what you are saying. I would say, file this article under fun trivia.

However, I am going to try a bit of Arginine see what I get.

Mar 29, 2013 7:58am | report
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tetroxide

Yeah. I think the spirit of the article is alright, but the statistics are complete bunk.

Mar 29, 2013 8:13am | report
dennisjj

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dennisjj

I lost 85-90lbs without doing any cardio, just lifting weights and eating paleo in 8months...cardio is BS...

Mar 29, 2013 8:47am | report
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Kielfear

Depends on your goals and type of cardio. HIIT is great for putting on muscle mass and losing weight, compliments weight training a lot. This article is garbage though..I get what you are saying.

Mar 29, 2013 4:23pm | report
JFort93

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JFort93

Lol is this serious? Abs aren't for the lazy, if it was easy everyone would have them. Stupid article.

Mar 29, 2013 9:00am | report
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laxinme2

Stupid article. Totally off on the cardio vs. weights part.

Mar 29, 2013 11:52am | report
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gregripped

Quite disappointed with this article to say the very least., lazy ways to get abs? what a load of crap

Mar 29, 2013 12:18pm | report
JessicaGriner

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JessicaGriner

Lazy ways? Last time i checked greatness wasn't achieved by laziness. These ideas are a load of crap. While they might aide in the process. None of these are going to give you sexy, lean abs.

Mar 29, 2013 12:45pm | report
GunslingerUSMC

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Heard that

Apr 1, 2013 6:26am | report
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awez1

this is a joke, right?

Mar 29, 2013 12:52pm | report
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Right . lolzzz!

Jun 20, 2013 11:54pm | report
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realmsurf

I am speaking from personal experience, one hour of intense cardio daily vs one hour of weight lifting daily; I shed the fat way easier with cardio alone, especially the stomach and love handles.

Mar 29, 2013 12:56pm | report
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okay this article is crap :p

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