Ms. Namita Nayyar: What is your definition of ABS? Give us your Top 3 Fitness tips to achieve the best ABS.
Ms. Ashley Drummonds: ABS is actually an acronym for Authentic Beauty and Strength which is the whole mission behind the ABS Protein Pancakes. The slogan “I got my ABS while eating Pancakes” has a double meaning because yes the nutrition on the ABS Protein Pancakes is so clean and healthy that it is part of a healthy meal plan, but also going through my own struggle of dieting and depriving my body just to get those 6 pack abs I wanted to find a way for people to enjoy their favorite foods (which mine was breakfast foods like pancakes) while also being able to have the body they want.
In regards to my top 3 fitness tips for achieving abs, I believe abs are definitely made in the kitchen so it all starts with the foods you eat so I would say
#1 Start to clean up your nutrition and choose foods that are all natural. Follow the idea that if there are things in the ingredient list you don’t understand then don’t eat it and try to eat foods that are 10 ingredients or less. The less ingredients the better.
#2 Strength training-especially compound lifts like Squats, Deadlifts, Clean and Jerks, that utilize your total body! I can’t say it enough for women how important strength training is, but the more lean muscle you have the less body fat you will have and in turn the more slim your abdominal section will be.
#3 Stress relief-It is so important that we get plenty of sleep and rest in order for our bodies to function as best as possible and especially women the higher stress we have the higher our cortisol levels are which causes us to store fat around our mid-section so find ways to reduce stress as much as possible through meditation, yoga, having a support group of friends and family, etc.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine?
Ms. Ashley Drummonds: I lift a lot of heavy weight all the time! I don’t love cardio and everyone in the gym knows how much I am not a fan of running, but usually 5 days a week I am in the gym working compound heavy lifts like Back Squats, Front Squats, Deadlifts, Clean and Jerks, Thrusters, Shoulder Presses all with a barbell and by heavy I mean some of these lifts are at body weight or over body weight so moves that I can only perform 5-8 reps of. I love lifting for what it does for my body, but also what it does for my confidence.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Do you take some special diet or have a strict menu that you follow to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Ashley Drummonds: Not at all. Like I mentioned, I did the extreme diets everything from no carbs to fat free and really tortured my body trying to fit this “ideal” body image that I think is pressed so hard on women. Now, I just choose healthier all natural foods. I never count calories as much as I just focus on eating well rounded meal consisting of lean proteins (eggs, turkey, chicken breast, the ABS Pancakes), complex carbs (veggies, potatoes, oats, etc), and healthy fats (avocados, nuts, grass fed butter). I also listen to my body so some days if I feel I may need more carbs than others I go ahead and eat more carbs. I don’t follow anything strict as I find that I end up missing out on the enjoyment of food.
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