First of all, everyone has six pack abs. Your abs (abdominal muscles) don't come or go away. They're always there, and they're always working. Instead of thinking of how to get six pack abs, the real question should be: How can I reveal my six pack abs? Getting the answer to that question is what will help you close in on your goal of achieving visible six pack abs.
Most people's abs aren't showing not because they lack ab exercises or because they're not spending enough time working out abs, they're not showing because there's body fat covering them. Now you probably smell what I'm cookin'!
If you really want six pack abs, stop using most of your exercise time on your abs!
Now you probably think I'm a bit crazy. But let me explain. As I've mentioned before, you already have abs, the most important thing to do in order to reveal them is to burn/lose the layer of body fat covering them. So if you want six pack abs, the next question that needs to be answered in order to get closer to you goal is: What's the best way to lose body fat?
Before we get into the best way to lose body fat, it's important to understand where body fat is stored. Body fat is stored in fat deposit areas, usually, closest to the center of your body. You'll usually notice fat loss from outside of that area first. The last body fat deposit hold outs being in the center area (belly, love handles, butt etc.) Those areas usually get labels as the "problem areas".
Most people have been lead to believe that you can spot reduce body fat, meaning you can exercise one body part, and fat from only that area will disappear or go away. That's not how losing body fat works!
Body fat is lost, or decreased, by your body breaking it down for energy. You can't personally choose what area it will break down the fat first, your genetics will determine that. Like I wrote above, you'll probably notice it most, first, from outside of your body's center area (abs, love handles butt etc.) with the last hold outs being in that "problem zone".
So now that I've briefly covered fat loss and six pack misconceptions, you should understand that one, you need to lose body fat to reveal your six pack abs, and two, that you can't spot reduce body fat. Now we can get back to discussing how to best lose body fat so that you can reveal your six pack abs.
The best way to lose body fat is to boost your metabolism. The best way to boost you metabolism is with short intense workouts that cause an afterburn effect. These workouts will also help build lean body tissue (a.k.a muscle). That lean body tissue (muscle) will also keep your metabolism boosted or revved up. A boosted or revved up metabolism will burn a high amount of calories even when you're at rest. If you're following a healthy diet, like the Fat X diet, there isn't going to be a lot of excess junk calories to burn off, so, your body will be forced to break down fat from it's body fat deposits. If you break down in enough body fat, you will reveal your six pack abs!
Here's another important concept to understand. Intense workouts are workouts that will push your body's metabolic processes to high levels creating an afterburn effect. Don't confuse this with long duration, low intensity typical cardio workouts. If you haven't done the Fat X Program, try Fat Burning Workout 1 (FX Workout 1) using the heaviest weights you can handle for your particular fitness level and you'll know what a true intense workout that will create the afterburn effect is.
While the Fat X Workouts, either from the Fat X Program or the Bonus Series are short, they create the afterburn effect, a metabolic enhancing environment, essential to building lean body tissue and losing body fat short and long term. So if you want six pack abs, get away from spending hours a week exercising them, and spend more time with metabolic process challenging, afterburn effect creating, fat blasting workouts that will help reveal your abs.
If you want to learn more about the afterburn effect and how it will help reveal your six pack abs, check out this video.
Now that you know the best way to get six pack abs (reveal six pack abs), take action! Set your plan, execute, and be ready to show off your six pack abs this Spring and Summer! If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me, or you can contact me on the Fat X 101 Facebook page.
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