Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ab Exercises Are Not The Solution To 6-Pack Abs by Robert D. Franklin

One of the most common fitness goals people have is to get a slimmer stomach and if possible, achieve a kind of "six pack abs" appearance to their middle section. Most people, unfortunately, struggle for years without ever achieving this goal.

Actually, I see so many people waste a great deal of their time on worthless abs exercises, and falling into the trap of every gimmick product bursting onto the TV screen promising them things like "getting a 6-pack in only 2 minutes a day while sitting on their couch."

Honestly, seeing so many people over the years waste their hard earned money on all of these worthless ab gadgets, machines, and fake fat loss pills was really disturbing.

So what is the truth? The truth is that people are looking in the wrong direction to achieve this goal... abs exercises are NOT the answer to six pack abs! Sounds ridiculous, yes. In fact, ab-specific exercises are the LEAST important training aspect in getting a six pack.

Most people think there must be some magical "underground" abs exercise that is going to finally get them their six-pack after years of struggling. The real solution to seeing a visible six-pack is simply bringing your body fat percentage down to a low enough level to where the abs become visible. Most people already have a six pack hiding underneath their stomach fat and don't know it. This is generally about 10% body fat or lower for men, and about 16-18% body fat for women based on experience.

You know, even some 7-year olds have six pack abs! Think they got that by doing "abs exercises"? Of course not! They have those 6-pack abs because their body fat percentage is extremely low since they are active and running around playing all day long at their age.

In conclusion, the most important aspect to getting visible abs is actually a properly designed full body training program, combined with good nutrition that can be maintained for life (instead of a short-term gimmick diet).