Every day we are bombarded with images on social media of women (and men) scantily clad, flashing rock hard six pack abs and a smile.
Naturally, we want to look like that, too.
Maybe you work out regularly and eat super clean, but have not an ab to show for it. You might be wondering … what’s their secret???
There is no secret workout, no magic foods or supplement or shake that’s going to give you six pack abs.
You want to know what it takes to have a six pack?
Secret #1: Diet diligence. If you’re in the gym and you’re trying to get your six pack totally from exercise it’s not going to happen. You have to flex your muscles in the kitchen, too. You need to track, weigh, and measure most of your food choices, and plan and prepare many of your meals in advance. Say good-bye to alcohol, sugar, fast food, processed food, and restaurant food as these things typically contribute to belly bloat.
Secret #2: Sacrifice. If you want a six pack you’re going to have to make diet and exercise your main priority, second only to work and family. This means means skipping social events, parties and trips unless you can attend without partaking in the food and beverages. Having a six pack requires sacrificing many other things, and only you can decide if that sacrifice is worth it.
Secret #3: Prioritizing Your Workout. Just like you have to be diligent in the kitchen, you have to be dedicated in the gym if you want six pack abs. Missing workouts is not going to happen. Plus, you need to be doing the right kind of workouts. You can’t just jog or Zumba your way to a six pack. A combination of heavy strength training, metabolic conditioning and HIIT are key to the low levels of body fat required to have a six pack. And of course plenty of ab isolation work, too.
Secret #4: Genetics. Want a six pack? Be sure you selected the right parents. Genetics play a huge role in where your body holds fat as well as the size and shape of your body. For some, ab definition is going to be easier to achieve just based on their body type. Others may struggle to have any visible ad definition even with complete diet diligence, total gym dedication and social sacrifices. That sucks … but it’s just the way it is.
There’s no secret to achieving six pack abs other than hard, hard work over a long period of time.
Many people who have rock hard six pack abs don’t have them all the time because of the extreme means necessary to maintain. Even those of us who have visible abs might appear softer and less defined after a vacation or an extended break from training.
Having a six pack abs might be a goal of yours, and that’s ok. Just recognize what it takes to actually achieve this goal and whether or not you’re willing to put in that level of work or make those extreme sacrifices.
Maybe it isn’t worth it to you. That’s completely ok and NORMAL.
Hopefully that makes you feel a little bit better about those people on social media who seem to have no problem sporting six pack abs. They work their butts of for each and everyone of those ab muscles. And they just might have a little help from good genetics as well.
There’s no secret to having six pack abs… There are no magic foods… There are no pills, powders or potions that are going to make it happen… So the question isn’t “what exercises can I do” or “what food can I eat to get six pack abs?” The question is “how hard am I willing to work and what am I willing to sacrifice to get a six pack?”