Six Pack Abs
Getting six pack abs is a goal for lots of people. It’s very simple, but not always easy for some people.
“How do I get rid of fat around my stomach?”
“What exercises burn fat here?”
These are common questions I get asked. You can’t target a certain area you want to lose fat from. Doing loads of ab exercises won’t burn fat around that area quicker than other parts of the body. You can do a million reps of various ab exercises, but if you have too much fat covering them you won't see a six pack.
“Abs are made in the kitchen”
While this isn’t 100% true, it is pretty close. If you want to see your abs, you’ll need to get your body fat down to a low enough level. While cardio obviously helps, and should be included, your diet should be the main focus. If you need to lose fat, you’ll need to be eating a calorie deficit.
In the past five years, I hadn’t done excessive cardio, or any direct ab work until a couple of months ago when I started doing standing wheel roll outs. I still had a six pack as due to how I was eating, my body fat was low and I built up a decent amount of muscle from doing lots of heavy squats, deadlifts, and presses.
I would still recommend that you do direct ab work if a six pack is important to you. Train your abdominal muscles like you would with other muscles. Don’t just do hundreds of bodyweight ab exercises.
Exercises like wheel roll outs, cable crunches and leg raise are great and can provide more resistance,
There aren’t any secrets, or short cuts to getting a six pack, or just a flatter stomach. Get your body fat low by consistently sticking to a calorie controlled diet will make the biggest difference. Strength work and doing some cardio should be done as well, but what you eat is the priority.