So I went downstairs last week and turned on the television to see one of those infomercial products which promises to build 6-pack abs. Have to say it makes the product look great. You have those amazing transformations where they go from being fat to showing off an amazing set of abs in a stupidly short time!
It all sounds fantastic doesn't it! Well it would be fantastic if it actually worked. These ads, as much as they are fun to watch, drive me up the wall! The majority of these companies are ripping you off and mocking your knowledge. Yet we still all buy them. Heck when I first started out I bought them.
But today, I want to clear this up for you and help you understand exactly what you need to do to get that all elusive six pack and a toned set of abs. So let's get rocking!
So Why Have You NOT Got Six Pack Abs?
Well to start off with, you may actually have a 6 pack, but quite simply, you just don't know it yet! For six pack abs, the most important part of your routine is the fat shredding. See, If you have layers of fat on top it doesn't matter, you won't be able to see any abs!
For a male, you need to bring your body fat percentage down to around 5-8% whilst women should look to bring it down to between 10-12%. So exercising those abdominal muscles with these machines may help build up a little muscle in that area, but it doesn't do the most crucial thing, burn the fat on top!
Now I am not saying crunches and abdominal exercise are NOT important, because they are (they make the six pack muscles bigger and increase your metabolic rate which destroys fat while you rest) but what I am saying is that you can't ignore nutrition and cardio as they play the MOST vital role in getting that elusive 6-pack.
See these infomercial companies make it seem like their product alone is the reason for the transformations shown! No they are not, if you read the small print they say things like "whilst following a solid nutrition and exercise plan".
Well duh! If you are following a solid nutrition and exercise plan you will get the results without these "wow so freaking amazing" infomercial products!
The other thing is, doing the same exercise week in week out won't work either, because your body gets used to it, which means your muscle gain and fat loss results will slow down before you can ever get to those amazing beach body abs.
So How Do You Get That Six Pack Then?
You need a solid program that has the following:
a) A solid cardio routine, including interval training to shred that fat right off
b) A weightlifting routine, which works the abs as well, where you do 6-12 reps per set, with the heaviest weight you can possibly use. This builds your abs ready for viewing pleasure!
c) A solid nutrition routine which leads to fast fat loss and a 6 pack to be proud off. You are looking to eat lower carbohydrates and fat, and slightly more protein!
If you mess up one of the above you mess up all your results.
There We Have It...
Follow these small simple tips and you can achieve 6 pack abs that will have hot girls drooling over you!