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How to Get a Six Pack

For those that are looking for ways on how to get a six pack, here are a few tips on exercise and nutrition that will help you get the stomach you want. This does not involve doing hundreds of situps and crunches, but rather is a more holistic approach to getting the abs you want.

Workouts

Workouts

Variety

Finding the perfect way on how to get a six pack can be frustrating. Doing hundreds of situps and crunches will not get you the results you are hoping for. There needs to be variety in the exercises allowing you to work different abdominal muscles. Try doing some bicyles, planks, spider man plank crunches, or cross crunches. There are many other effective ways to work the abs besides situps. The other great thing about these exercises is that you are using your own body weight rather than needing to buy any special equipment and you can do them right from home.

Add into current workout routine

For those that currently go to the gym regularly, you most likely are already incorporating various core exercises already in your routine. The core is used when you are doing squats, deadlifts, clean and presses, and many other exercises.

Rest Days

It is important not to do ab workouts every day. Try working them 2-3 times a week They need time to rest and rebuild just like any other muscle group.

Nutrition

Working and getting the six pack is not just about the exercises though, nutritition and your diet will play a larger role than the actual exercises themselves. Without a healthy diet, your abs won't be revelead and all those beads of sweat would have been wasted.

Here are a few nutrition tips to get you started in the right direction.

Eat Lean Protein

This would include foods such as:

  • Eggs
  • Lean cuts of poultry
  • Lean cuts of red meat
  • Cold water fish such as salmon
  • Beans, peas, lentils
  • Low fat milk, cheese, yogurt
  • Soy

Calories

Check your caloric daily intake and see where you are versus where you should be given your weight, age, and height. It is okay though to increase your calorie count on days which you are doing intense workout, but reduce them again on your rest days.

Check other macronutrients

Measure out what foods you may need to increase/decrease in regards to healthy fats (flaxs seeds, olive oil, fatty fish, fish oil) and carbohydrates.

Consistency

There are many plans that tell you how to get a six pack in a short time doing numerous crunches, but they are neither effective nor sustainable. The most important thing to remember is that it is a matter of working a healthy diet with a good combination of protein, healthy, fats and carbs, with a healthy balance of exercise.

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