These are some ‘facts’ about getting six pack abs that you may have heard. Heck, you may even be following these guidelines.
But they won’t get you closer to that ripped six pack. At least, not as close as an intelligent training regime will get you.
So, here are bits of ‘common sense’ that you should ignore for getting six pack abs…
1. Do Tons Of Crunches
Yes, crunches till the cows come home and you’re dead tired. And then more crunches!
Getting a six pack means getting well developed abs, but crunches are definitely NOT the only exercise – or the only thing you should be doing. There are reverse crunches, leg raises, hanging knee raises, ab vacuums Tons of exercises to use on your abs.
And sorry, but crunches are not the only thing you need to do. You need to lower your body fat percentage so that when you do get ripped abs you’ll be able to see them. And they won’t be hidden under layers of fat.
2. Jog For Hours Each Day To Drop Fat
Cardio is good. It can help you drop fat and get that ‘ripped’ look. But light card for long periods of time, like jogging or aerobics, really aren’t the best ways to go about it.
Pragmatically, you probably want to spend the least amount of time necessary exercising. You have other things going on in your life.
And when you do exercise, it should be intense. Hit Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), sprinting, and other exercises that are really intense for only a short period of time will work wonders on your body for far more reasons than just dropping fat. But they will help you drop fat like it’s nobody’s business 😉
Lets just settle on saying that intense card is way more effective than moderate effort.
3. Just Work Your Abs
Your abs need to get built up. But your other muscles need to get built up too.
When was the last time you saw someone with really ripped abs, but without any other defined muscles? Can’t remember? Hmmm..
As you work your abs, lift weights to work the rest of your body. This will (1) burn calories when you’re working out, (2) your bigger muscles will burn fat just sitting there, and (3) regular workouts will work wonders to raise your metabolism.
All of these contribute to you getting your ripped body. They work together.
4. Just Eat Less
Eat less = less food = less fat = more cut muscle. Right? Right?
Well, not always. You need to eat the right stuff, and the right amounts.
If you do a ‘crash’ diet or something else that cuts your calorie intake severely, your body will interpret the sudden lack of food as a signal that it’s starving. And it will do everything to keep you alive. Which means converting any extra calories you have around into fat, in case the situation gets worse.
This is the reason ‘crash’ diets give some immediate results, and then fail when you cave in for one or two meals. The sudden increase in calories goes straight into fat and you’re back where you started.
5. Work Out Hard Every Day
Dedication is a noble personality trait, but it doesn’t need to be up to this level. In fact, working out this often can really hurt you.
Lifting weights and doing ab exercises 2-3 days a week is fine, unless you’re in excellent shape already and looking to grate cheese on your abs. Otherwise, it will just make you unnecessarily sore – and you might hurt yourself.
Work out hard when you’re in the gym, but you don’t need to go every day. Recovering gives your body time to build those bigger muscles.
So, what exercises should you do for those bigger muscles? And what exactly should your diet be like? Well