Ask any woman what part of a man’s body is the sexiest and most of the time, they’ll tell you it’s a ripped six-pack.
Ask anyone which one they want the most is impossible to get… and they will give you the same answer: Tear your six abs.
Many consider the torn six pack to be the pinnacle of a healthy, fit and sexy man.
Is it any wonder that in every gym you see men of all ages doing endless abdominal exercises in hopes of getting much-needed abs?
Unfortunately, most men won’t be able to see their abs no matter how many sit-ups they do.
Why most men never get a six-pack
You may not like what I’m going to give you straight away…so listen carefully.
Six Pack Abs Truth #1:
You may be able to do ginger ale stomach exercises daily, you may even be able to build a rock-solid core, but as long as there is a layer of fat covering your stomach, you will never see your abs because it is covered in a layer of fat.
Not only that, if you focus on building a strong core and building abdominal muscles, you may make your stomach look fatter because the core muscles will push your stomach and fat out more!
Six Pack Abs Truth #2:
When it comes to six pack abs, there is one more thing we have to correct.
There is no such thing as spot reduction. You can’t burn stomach fat without burning the rest of your body.
Late night TV ads or magazines tell you that you can get well-defined abs with this or that electronic tool.
Do you really think it’s that simple? Of course, you don’t (at least I hope you don’t).
If this nonsense worked, everyone would get a six-pack and you wouldn’t read this article.
So what does it take to get six-pack abs?
With all that out of the way, let’s take a look at what it really takes to get the six elusive combination you really want.
- Mild calorie deficit.
The old saying that “abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym” is absolutely true, yet most guys trying to get six-pack abs completely ignore the importance of nutrition.
If you want to see your six pack and have a defined core, you’ll have to burn fat… and that means you need to follow a clean, calorie restricted diet.
You may have heard this before, to lose fat effectively and permanently to show off your abdominal muscles, you must include a low-calorie, low-fat diet, frequent cardio and strength exercises with weights to build muscle to increase your metabolism in order to lose weight and burn fat naturally. Your weight loss goals will not be achieved effectively or permanently when any of the three elements are wrongly implemented or even not incorporated into your slimming program. I repeat the three items again:
- Frequent cardio – HIIT is preferred.
The most effective way to burn fat is high-intensity interval training.
And if your goal is to get six-pack abs, you are really going to have to ramp it up and make it a regular part of your routine if you seriously want to cut your body fat down to single digit levels.
- Weight training.
Most people trying to get six-pack abs focus only on cardio. And they usually do the wrong kind… a longer cardio session versus the high intensity type you need to use.
To get six-pack abs, you’ll not only need to do cardio, but you’ll also want to lift weights.
Weightlifting builds muscle, which raises your metabolic rate, and helps your body burn fat faster.
A regular weightlifting routine with high-intensity interval training is the closest thing to a “magic pill” for getting six-pack abs.
So there you have it, the three main ingredients for getting ripped abs.
Forget cliche diets, take magic pills, or focus on long cardio sessions.
All you need to get that ripped midsection is a clean calorie-restricted diet, high-intensity interval training, and a weight-training routine.
The isometric contraction: the umbilical six abdominal muscle weapon
Isometric contractions, also known as static contractions, occur when muscles exert force – resulting in
tension, but without changing their length. It is closely identified with joint flexibility
Activities such as yoga and stretching, but also apply to strength exercises, especially abdominal
Development in all three areas:
Rectus Abdominus (your six-pack muscles)
Transverse abdomen (the muscle that pulls the stomach in and keeps it flat)
Oblique (V-shaped muscles tapering from the waistline – “love handles”)
The point is, if you are looking to have a six-pack abs, flat stomach, and a V-shaped waist,
Then you’ll want to make sure that you focus on isometric abs – the secret weapon to washing your abs.
Why isometric abdominal exercises?
Unlike isotonic contractions that cause muscles to shorten (things like biceps and triceps curls).
Isometric exercises that do not involve any pulling or lifting