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How to Get Six Pack Abs

Updated on August 25, 2009

How to Get Six Pack Abs

If you’re reading this article in search of how to get six pack abs and you’re looking for the next miracle pill or supercalafragalistic diet program that’s going to magically shred fat off your waistline while you sit on the couch and watch reruns of “Frasier”, this is not the article for you. It would be better for you to click the “X” in the upper right-hand corner, because the pipe dreams stop here. I’m going to cut to the chase with you on this one—if you want to ever get to the place where you can sport a chiseled midsection, you’re going to have to WORK. Yes, I realize that “work” truly is a four-letter word in today’s society, but the cold hard facts of exercise and weight loss haven’t changed at all—you have to be willing to apply some physical exertion in order to trim up that waistline and achieve the ever-elusive “washboard abs” that we all seek. The basic rule of body physiology is that muscles that are lean and strong will always burn more calories—even at rest—than flabby, out-of-shape muscles. Being muscularly toned overall will increase your metabolism and allow you to control your weight and your overall body fat percentage much better—and this applies even more so when dealing with that stubborn fat around your waist. So how do you actually go about getting washboard abs, or six-pack abs, as they’re known? Even if you have a “three-pack” right now, there’s some things you can do to begin to “prep” your body to shred unwanted fat around the waist, including saddlebags and/or love handles. One of the most basic yet extremely effective exercises for trimming waistline fat is push-ups—yep, you read it right—push-ups. You may be asking “How do push-ups help my waistline? I thought they were for building chest muscles.” While it’s true that push-ups build the shoulder and chest muscles, they also require you to stabilize your core, or your torso area, in order to do them correctly. If you keep your knees off the ground and do a standard push-up with your back straight, you will be forced to keep your midsection stiff and rigid. This is actually toning your muscles as you perform this action on a repetitive basis. To see good results, doing insane amounts of push-ups will definitely move you towards your six pack goal. I would recommend at least 2 sets of 25 push-ups a day, but of course, this will be subject to your particular situation, and your physical ability at the time you begin your routine.

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How to Get Six Pack Abs through Work

Of course, if we’re talking about getting a six pack, you’re going to have to mention exercises that actually attack those areas. The emphasis should definitely be on exercises such as crunches, but there’s a particular way to do crunches in order to get the maximum effect. A lot of people think that crunches are no different than sit-ups, but there’s a huge difference; for one, with sit-ups, you normally lift your body to an upright sitting position and pause at the top of the movement (after you have “sat up”), and then lower your body back down. This is actually counter-productive, because when you have sat completely upright, you have taken the tension off the abdominal muscles, and now your back muscles are bearing the brunt of the movement. But when you do crunches, it’s always better to lift yourself up only halfway—at a 45-degree angle—and pause, and when you lower your body, don’t allow your back to rest on the floor. Just keep constant tension on the abdominal muscles…this is the ultimate crunch. Again, a high amount of crunches per day (i.e., at least 50), done like I have described, will really rip those ab muscles into shape. Your abdominal muscles are extremely resilient, so it is possible to work them every day without damaging them. Although these exercises I have mentioned are very basic, they are also very effective if you put in the hard work to get them done. Also important is your diet; you obviously cannot eat 6 Big Macs a day and expect to ever trim that waistline. If you’re looking for how to get six pack abs, don’t overlook the very simple but yet very effective (IF you put them to work) exercises I have mentioned here…they have the potential to really make a difference in your waistline.


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      Robert J Cook 

      7 years ago

      I have been working on the abs a lot. I just bought a bowflex revolution so I will do that and use some tips here. Thanks!


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