Getting a six-pack is a common goal for many people who put in time at the gym. For better or worse, mainstream media frames having chiselled abdominal muscles as the embodiment of fitness. As a result, phrases like "burning belly fat" and "toning up" have become a rallying point for workouts and diet.
Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with having fitness goals based on specific aesthetic qualities, getting a well-formed six-pack and a strong core is beyond aesthetics. Having strong and well-trained abs are crucial for stabilising your torso and spine, thereby reducing your risk of injury and improving your physical health and well-being.
Getting a six-pack is not an easy task. But if you manage your expectations and set realistic goals, you can get it. And if getting the perfect, visible six-pack seems like an impossible goal to reach, you can focus on getting toned abs. If you stick to an exercise routine that includes strength, endurance, and exercises that target your abs, you are on the right path to revealing your abs. Also, embracing healthy habits and diets will speed up the development of those six-packs.
Here are the top tips to get you started.
Create a comprehensive routine
The first step to building your abs is to create an exercise routine that you can do 2-3 times a week. This routine does not have to be one for pros, but it should include static and movement-based exercises that will improve the stability and motion of your core. These exercises should occur in all three planes of motion.
Here are the three planes of motions:
To create an effective core routine, pick a dynamic and static exercise in each plane of motion. Start with 3 sets of static holds and 3 sets of 12 reps for movement-based exercise.
Regular exercise – weights and cardio
All other factors considered regular exercise can help you reduce your overall body fat. Experts recommend a combination of resistance and aerobic training to reduce body fat composition. Consider adding both forms of exercise into your routine to get the best results.
Eat lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and protein-rich foods
A diet with a high content of fresh fruits and vegetables are the go-to for many people who want to lose weight and maintain weight. Eating foods rich in protein is associated with decreased body fat and the development of lean muscles. Your muscles need healthy nutrients to help you build a strong core and well-developed ab muscles.
Drink lots of water
Drinking lots of water or staying hydrated is essential for developing six-pack abs. Water helps increase your rate of metabolism, which helps burn body fat. Also, replacing water with sugary drinks will reduce your total calorie intake and help you to remove unwanted waste that may hinder your body from performing its functions.
Getting a six-pack requires a fat loss, and you can only achieve that if you practice a variety of healthy habits, regular exercise and strength training.