How do I get a six-pack?
What’s the best ab exercise?
How many sets of sit-ups do I have to do to get a six-pack?
These are the questions I hear all the time from people looking to get washboard abs. I get these questions asked in many different forms like the ones above, but I always give people the same answer: LOWER YOUR BODY FAT PERCENTAGE.
Abs are made in the kitchen. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard that before. Cutting calories is the #1 solution to getting ripped, and this is the “secret” you’ve been looking for. You can get abs without doing a single ab exercise because it’s all in your calorie intake. The midsection is the hardest place to burn fat because it’s the first place where excess fat is stored.
Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not saying that ab exercises are useless because they actually are if you want to make them more defined. But when it comes to trying to make them visible first, there’s no need to do isolation exercises for the muscle group. If you’re doing compound lifts (bench press, squat, deadlift, etc.) and are doing some type of cardio, that’s already enough to work out your midsection.
I know a few people who have been doing ab workouts 3, 4, sometimes even 5 times a week for months now and guess what? Nothing has changed. Their midsection still looks the same. Why? Because they’re too fat. I don’t mean to sound harsh, but it’s the truth.
It doesn’t matter how many reps of crunches you do, if your body fat percentage is too high, your abs won’t be visible. Having ripped abs isn’t a result of doing ab exercises. It’s the result of lowering your body fat percentage to AT LEAST 10% body fat (for guys), and between 14-18% for the ladies. Those are the magic numbers. Get yourself to those percentages and you’ll finally see your abs “come out”. And guys, once you get yourself in the single digits that’s when you get the washboard look.
Posted on June 6, 2011