# Any ways to get the desired six pack abs

rylan
Any ways to get the desired six pack abs!!!

Hello everybody, I have been watching guys on TV and some my friend have it too…know what…the six pack abs!!! It feels awesome to bear that look and it really gives me the chills to be like them. But, I am not sure whether I can make them or no. I have not consulted my friends about this (cause they always pride themselves about this...and I’m shy to ask). I do have a little weight on but I can manage to cut that down. So, do you people have any options that I can try to make things happen???

Any help will be highly appreciated!!!

LOL i don't know if this is good advice, i have 4 pack abs because i can't be bothered to work on them anymore. Just don't eat. I lost close to 6 kgs just because i didn't eat much. And i didn't really feel hungry because i was busy doing something!
After i got my flat stomach i just started doing benches and sit ups and they came naturally. I didn't even do them regularly and my 4 packs are quite chiseled.

But other people around here probably have better advice.

Chi Meson
Homework Helper

Take a bunch of http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7535770.stm" [Broken].

Or exercise and eat less. Sit ups, crunches, weights, etc.

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I remember my drummer was not so much exercising (only drumming) than he was dry. Not fat at all. One could see his abs so well, he was so thin.

The secret behind this is not weight loss (weight includes muscle mass) but just fat loss. Try HIIT sprints and eat right. Crunches won't do much for now. Depending on body structure, you might want to try weight training.

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HIIT sprints are hard. But they are the best! Don't use the fitness pill nonsense.

It completely makes sense !

Moonbear
Staff Emeritus
Gold Member

Interesting. When you stop to think about it, it does make sense. I mean, just consider waving your arms in the air for 90 min and you start to get some sense of it.

I especially like the suggestion of drumming being an alternative approach to exercise/fitness for kids who aren't into sports.

WarPhalange

Washboard abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym. We all have those nice abs, they are just covered in a layer of fat. Take out the fat, you'll see some nice abs.

Crunches/situps don't do much.

We all have those nice abs, they are just covered in a layer of fat.

Wrong, just like any other muscle group, they can atrophy, and require development. Many people who lead very sedentary lives simply do not have the muscle development to have 6 pack abs. While some people have nice abs covered in a layer of fat, it's not all' by any stretch. Just like any other muscle group, if you work it out properly, it will get larger, and guess what, the larger it is, the more fat it takes to cover it.

You must have sufficient muscle, as well as low enough fat in order to get nice abs. One or the other won't do it.

Crunches/situps don't do much.

This much is true however, in order to get any muscle growth, weight must be added. Do weighted crunches/situps as soon as you can do more than 10-20 regular ones (and yes, I do know people who can't even do that many). Use enough weight that you could only complete about 20 reps total, and do sets of 10. This should give good muscle growth, without any risk of strain/tearing.

WarPhalange

Wrong, just like any other muscle group, they can atrophy, and require development. Many people who lead very sedentary lives simply do not have the muscle development to have 6 pack abs. While some people have nice abs covered in a layer of fat, it's not all' by any stretch. Just like any other muscle group, if you work it out properly, it will get larger, and guess what, the larger it is, the more fat it takes to cover it.

That's cute that you know about hypertrophy, but when's the last time you saw someone with giant abs? Your abs, similar to forearms and calves, just don't put on mass that easily.

You must have sufficient muscle, as well as low enough fat in order to get nice abs. One or the other won't do it.

If you didn't have sufficient muscle you wouldn't be able to stand up straight or get out of bed. Abs are your core, you use them whether you want to or not.

You state the general rule of looking "toned", muscle divided by fat, but in this case most everybody has the muscle for it.

WarPhalange

This much is true however, in order to get any muscle growth, weight must be added. Do weighted crunches/situps as soon as you can do more than 10-20 regular ones (and yes, I do know people who can't even do that many). Use enough weight that you could only complete about 20 reps total, and do sets of 10. This should give good muscle growth, without any risk of strain/tearing.

Muscle growth of abs?

Just how big do you want them?

Training for overall physical fitness is a better goal.

Evo
Mentor

I have dated men with washboard abs (and married one) and the amount of time they spent in the gym and gazing at themselves in the mirror flexing their muscles was a huge turn off, but I guess there must be some women out there that like watching it.

I'll take a guy with a bit of a pooch belly anytime.

WarPhalange

I never understood the "gazing at themselves" part. I'll flex... I used to flex every now and then if I happened to be in front of a mirror, like in the bathroom or something (back when I lifted), but I guess I just don't have it in me to be turned on by myself.

I've found that instead of crunches if I lay on my bed with my feet and legs over the edge and then lift them together at the same time, gives a much better workout, and it only takes like 20 reps before you are wiped out, works really well though.

Be careful not to harm your back. Find some documentation about this, there are positions that are quite dangerous for you back, and you only have one.

Yeah, I'm careful with it, you have to balance such that your back is fully on the bed, the only axis of movement is the hips. It's hard to describe properly

I would recommend cooking all food. Running 10 km at the very least 3 times a week and having a very physically tough job, like construction or something.

Genetic engineering? I know its a flippant answer, but if your body type supports having good looking abs then you can do it fairly easily with diet and exercise. If your body type does not support having good looking abs then you have a lot of exercise in store for you and a lot of dieting and even then will probably not get what you want! Sorry, noy what anyone wants to hear. You can't eat your way to tall, or diet your way to short either.

That's cute that you know about hypertrophy, but when's the last time you saw someone with giant abs? Your abs, similar to forearms and calves, just don't put on mass that easily.

...but in this case most everybody has the muscle for it.

I have seen people with giant abs, and I personally think it looks terrible. However, I have also seen guys with a 27" waist, with no abs to be seen. Not everybody has the muscle for it, perhaps most, but even that I'm not sure of. There are people who simply don't have much muscle mass around their midsection, such people will need to work them out before they will ever get a 6 pack. It would be fair to say that many people will be able to get a 6 pack simply by losing fat, but certainly not everybody, and if you're going to claim that most people can, could you support it?

PS. Forearms and calves can put on lots of mass as easily as any other muscle group (proportional to size, of course) if you work them out properly. Just because not many people do, or even want to, doesn't mean it can't be done, or even that it's difficult.

Keyser Söze

Abs aren't a muscle group one can workout to 'get ripped'. The only way one can get abs is to make the layer of body fat around the abs smaller, this makes the abdominal muscle group more defined. Since spot training doesn't work, this means you have to lower your overall body fat percent down to roughly 9%. If you want to lose fat as quickly as possible, do 30-60 minutes of cardio after you wake up but *before* you eat anything. This forces your body to burn its fat for energy, and can't rely on the contents of your stomach to provide it with energy. Do as many sit ups as you can (no machines, squeeze hard every sit up). Eat after this. Stop the junk food, eat 6 times daily (your total calorie intake for one day should be 14x your lean body mass, which you can measure with a skin fold calliper). Drink lots of water. Follow those tips and I guarantee you'll get your six pack. Also, you will lose a bit of muscle mass while losing fat, that's just life. The reason you eat six times daily and 14x your lean body mass is to minimize the muscle loss. It's the closest you'll get to having your cake and eating it too (metaphorically, don't actually eat cake).

You do NOT need to add weight to your sit ups, stimulating your abs the old fashioned way and losing body fat will be more than enough to get a ripped six pack.

Oh, and remember, BE CONSISTENT. If you aren't consistent, it won't work. And that can be said about anything in life. Good luck.

If the main motivation for training is to change one's physical appearance, it is easy to get frustrated because the changes aren't coming fast enough. One should try to make the training into a life style without immediate concern for being "good looking". If you succeed making the training into a life style, then the physical appearance will start changing eventually.

jostpuur: Of course people work out to be good looking. Otherwise it would be a total waste of time. And for the results, it depends on your motivation for seeing it through even if you get crazy on the diet or training. It's only a matter of motivation and dedication.

The funny thing about being more good looking and really into shape is that people are more nice towards you, even guys. That is a bit fubar.