How to Build Abs Into a Six Pack


In these latest years, both mean and women have become more vain about their bodies, and especially how it looks to members of the opposite sex. Experts will attribute this fact to advertising mostly, as well as an increased overall awareness of the health hazards of being overweight. Obesity is still a problem, and probably will be for the foreseeable future. So it is ironic that more and more people are trying to improve their body shape and look, yet the obesity rate increases faster and faster. These facts are what supports the popularity of programs to lose weight, or in this case, tighten up abs.

As a matter of fact, these sorts of programs and websites continue to be the most popular of all. All a site has to do is claim the ability to help people lose weight and it will become instantly popular. Add to that something specific such as how to flatten the stomach, or how to get a six-pack, and the effect increases ten fold. Interestingly, people are also looking for the easiest way to achieve these goals as well. We are at heart, a very lazy society when looked at in a historical context. What people are missing is the reality that it took sometimes years to put on weight or lose the shape of your stomach, so it won’t be easy or fast to get back to where you once were. We lull ourselves into thinking there is some miracle pill or quick short cut when in fact there really isn’t.

The fact is, there is no real miracle cure for reshaping any part of our body. Yes, we do not want to accept that, but our body does not change shape fast. In the deepest part of our hearts and minds we already know this. It is part of what makes supposed miracle cures so tempting. This difficulty is especially true of our mid-section area. This applies to both sexes as well, which is kind of unusual. So both men and women need to accept that having a perfect set of abs, or flat stomach, is possible but not without a plan. A plan that also has your complete commitment.

Your plan, or if you buy a commercial system, needs to include two goals: to strengthen the muscles in the mid-section, and to lose body fat. Unfortunately there is no way to target a specific area of the body for weight loss. Many if not most of the systems or plans that you can buy commercially may actually work for building up the core abdominal muscles, but this alone will still leave you only half the way there. You may strengthen the muscles and even have a really nice form for them, but if your muscles remain under a nice soft layer of body fat what good has all that working out done you?

An effective plan that you either buy or make yourself, needs to involve your diet, and your exercise routine. On the diet side, you need to make smart choices of what to eat, but also plan WHEN you eat. Eating late in the day can offset many hours of effort. When planning the work out, you need to weave a good cardio workout into the obvious core abdominal strengthening work out.

So for instance, a high intensity resistance work out might be coupled with a cardio workout such as a bike ride. Or you might just warm up on some steps and while you are resting or cooling down, start doing some crunches. Then switch to leg raises or move to an ab machine. You probably already know from past experience what will work for your particular body type, and what you are comfortable with. The important thing is making sure your plan is holistic and not just a workout regimen.

If you make sure that your journey to perfect abs includes what to eat, and when to eat, and your work out includes muscle strengthening and body fat removal strategies, you’ll be on your way to perfect abs in no time at all.

Mick is an entrepreneur, freelance writer and blogger. He writes on many subjects that he is passionate about including business, fitness, online marketing, and living as a “citizen of the world” expat.




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