PT shares the five exercises she swears by for toned rock-hard abs

Personal trainer, 30, shares the secrets behind her toned and rock-hard abs – and the daily diet she credits for her incredible physique

  • Sydney-based Camilla Akerberg swears by V sit holds and varied planks
  • She does plenty of compound exercises like squats and lunges to get good abs
  • The 30-year-old shared her day on a plate – and why she takes supplements
  • Camilla said she eats clean and limits processed foods to keep her abs toned 

Personal trainer and model Camilla Akerberg is used to fans asking her about how she gets her ab muscles so toned and defined. 

And now, the 30-year-old has shared the five exercises she swears by for a rock-hard stomach.

While Camilla does acknowledge that ‘abs are made in the kitchen’, the Sydney-based PT said you can do a few things in the gym to ensure your physique is in tip-top shape.

Personal trainer and model Camilla Akerberg (pictured) is used to fans asking her about how she gets her ab muscles so toned and defined

1. Planks and plank variations

The first exercise to try to tone your abs is planks or plank-based variations. 

‘Planking is one of my favourite core exercises that engages all layers of your abdominal fascia and is also a safe exercise for those with lower back injuries like myself,’ Camilla wrote on her website. 

The 30-year-old advises you mix up your planking – by incorporating some side planks, knee tucks and forearm planks. 

‘Test out how long you can do a plank for – then add three sets of planking into your daily fitness regime and try to increase the time to 2-3 minutes per plank,’ she said.

It’s absolutely vital that you engage your core muscles and squeeze your glutes while doing it.

2. Hollow holds

The second exercise Camilla loves is the ‘hollow hold’.

To perform this, lie on your back, raise your legs to a hold at an angle where your spine is being pushed towards the floor and raise your head up to look down towards your toes.

Your arms should either be stretched up past your ears like a banana or in line with your body for beginners.

Camilla said four sets of between 20 and 30 seconds work well here.

For the personal trainer (pictured), ab exercises are all about holding your body in slightly uncomfortable positions to ensure the abs are targets

3. V sit holds 

For the personal trainer, ab exercises are all about holding your body in slightly uncomfortable positions to ensure the abs are targets.

The V sit hold targets both your low abs where you’re likely to hold on to tummy fat and your obliques.

Crunch slightly to increase the tension or add a side to side rotation to incorporate a Russian twist.

4. Compound exercises

Make sure to do some compound exercises in the gym and you’ll see results on your midsection within weeks. 

‘Compound exercises that burn a lot of calories and require a lot of stabilisation work from your core like lunges, squats, Single leg RDLs or deadlifts,’ Camilla said.

It is important to engage your core, however, during every exercise.

Moves like burpees, squat jumps, mountain climbers, box jumps and hill sprint intervals will all blast fat around the abdominal area

5. High intensity exercises 

Lastly, the PT said cardio should become your best friend to banish belly fat. 

Moves like burpees, squat jumps, mountain climbers, box jumps and hill sprint intervals will all blast fat around the abdominal area.

The shorter and sharper the workout, the more weight you will lose. 

Camilla (pictured) shared why she eats mostly a pescatarian diet, as this works well with her body – she also allows herself occasional pieces of meat

Speaking previously to FEMAIL, Camilla shared the daily diet that helps to keep her in shape.

‘I eat mostly a pescatarian diet, as that works well with my body, but I do eat other meats on occasion too. I limit processed foods and added sugars – although I do admit that I am the biggest sweet tooth and love to indulge in candy and chocolates on occasion,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘I do eat mainly very healthy though and I try and eat as much fresh, real foods as possible – and use supplements to enhance my nutrient intake.’

Typically, Camilla will rise at around 5.30am and enjoy a snack and some supplements.

‘I will have apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning in a big glass of water with some squeezed lemon juice,’ she said.

‘I have recently found it convenient to mix in my supergreens and water soluble supplements into the mix also. I also have a quick on-the-go meal before I leave the house, this morning it was a piece of pre-made frittata.’

She also has supplements including curcumin, iron, a multivitamin and magnesium.

What is Camilla Akerberg’s day on a plate? 

Pre-breakfast, 5.30am: Apple cider vinegar in a big glass of water with some squeezed lemon juice and supergreens and a piece of homemade frittata

Breakfast, 9am: Two hardboiled eggs, smoked salmon, rocket, tomato, avocado, feta

During training at 11.30am: Branched Chained Amino Acids in water

Lunch, 1pm: Tuna, brown rice/ quinoa mix, pesto and broccolini

Snack, 3pm: Hummus and carrots

Snack, 5pm: Carob chocolate and blueberries

Dinner, 7pm: Barramundi, greens, pumpkin, rocket, walnuts, pear and cabbage

Evening snack, 8.30pm: Casein supplement and blueberries

 

Camilla (pictured) eats plenty of snacks to keep her going during a rigorous day of training, and she also incorporates supplements into her diet 

Once she has trained – both herself and clients – she will enjoy breakfast at around 9am.

Breakfast usually includes a tasty cookup of two hardboiled eggs, smoked salmon, rocket, tomato, avocado and a small piece of feta, along with a decaf almond milk piccolo latte.

‘I have gone decaf for a while to decrease my stimulant intake. This is good to do once in a while if you take pre-workout and drink lots of coffee,’ she said.

Camilla sually does resistance training at 11.30am and while she trains, she takes BCAAs – branched chained amino acids.

‘I have BCAAs whilst I train (and sometimes throughout the day) to help with muscle recovery, support protein synthesis, give me some energy whilst I train and they taste amazing,’ she said.

Lunch is at 1pm and usually consists of something quick and nutritious like tuna, brown rice, pesto and broccolini and at 3pm she enjoys a snack – often of hummus and carrots.

Her second snack of the afternoon is at 5pm and is often a piece of carob chocolate and blueberries.

Dinner is two hours later at 7pm and usually is fish – one of her go-to meals being barramundi with pumpkin, asparagus, rocket, walnuts, pear and cabbage.

Finally, Camilla always has an evening snack before bed as well which consists of a casein supplement and blueberries. 

With regards to coffee, Camilla said she has gone ‘decaf recently’ as this decreases her stimulant intake which is good if you enjoy pre-workout

What is Camilla’s weekly exercise regime?

Day one: Full Body Hypertrophy tri-set workout

Day two: Legs (glute activation circuit and hypertrophy)

Day three: Shoulders & Core 8-12-25 rep workout

Day four: Back & Core hypertrophy superset workout

Day five: Full Body circuit training

 

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