If you want to have perfect six pack abs, congratulations. You already do. There, that was easy, wasn’t it?
OK, what you really want is for your six pack abs to show on the outside, and this is a more difficult process altogether, but the truth of the matter is that those abdominal muscles are already there, you just have to let them out. And although this will involve some exercise, it is more a matter of what they are covered with.
The major reason that those of us who do not have six pack abs are in that position is because our abdominal muscles are hidden underneath fat. This does not mean we are fat per se, however, no matter what some diet gurus will tell you. We are expected to carry some fat simply in order to survive from day to day.
The first step to six pack abs is to lose the fat in the right way. You could lose it by dieting in such a way as to practically starve yourself, but you’ll find that the abs are not as pronounced as you would like them to be. Instead, you need to eat healthy food and make sure you have the energy to exercise regularly.
In addition, you want to give those abs a platform. You can only do this by exercising the area in the right way, and this – combined with the cardio exercises which will burn fat away – is your road to perfect abs.
For someone who is not fond of jargon, the modern world can be an incredibly frustrating and annoying place. We are told to push the envelope, feel the burn, and pick the low-hanging fruit until such time as we want to push the envelope down the throat of the person telling us all of this. One saying which has become annoying over the years is “Don’t work harder, work smarter!”.
The reason that this phrase has become annoying is fairly simple – overuse. In fact, the phrase has not been worked smarter, it has been worked harder because, once you analyse it, it is a pretty good piece of advice and is worth paying some attention to. There are many people who are never out of the gym and yet they can’t produce the same results as those who take days off here and there.
If you want perfect abdominal muscles, the truth is that you won’t get them by throwing yourself into an incredibly intense gym routine that requires you to be through the doors first thing in the morning and not leave until the sky has gone dark. If you do this, you are going to injure yourself, and you’ll be out of the gym for even longer than you expected.
You do need to work hard, but pushing this to its furthest limit is only a recipe for pain and failure. Instead of exercising all the time, stick to a routine and make the best of the time that you are exercising. Instead of hitting the gym every day, let your body recover and strengthen before going back, and then profit from the strength you have gained to build more.
Endurance and hard work are not things which come naturally to all of us. Indeed, there are many who, when faced with a particular task, will go at it with the zeal of someone who is possessed initially and will find themselves flagging very shortly afterwards. This makes every task a lot harder to complete, because they find they are in pain or their body won’t do what they want it to.
This is an issue of “core fitness”. Your body is built in a certain way, which requires it to place quite a bit of pressure on the muscles that are closer to the center. Try standing up for twelve hours. Nothing more than that, just standing up. Your legs will get tired, because they need to be active, but you will also notice that you get tired in other areas too.
This is because, no matter what you are doing – unless you are lying down and resting – you will be using your core muscles in order to make everything do what it needs to do. People with poor core strength will find everything much more difficult because they are unable to rely on the core muscles to do everything they have to do, and they will tire much more easily.
If you work on your abdominal muscles you will find that things get easier. You will be able to do even the most basic task better, for longer and at a more intense level the better your core strength gets – and as a result, you will feel a lot fresher and accumulate fewer twinges and muscle pulls.