How To Get The Perfect Six Pack
If you’ve ever dreamed of a having the perfect abdominal six-pack like the ones we’ve seen dozens of times on Greek statues, you’re not alone. Like many people, you’ve probably promised yourself time and time again, that this year is the year you going to work on getting that super chiseled six pack. The theory behind getting a shredded six pack is simple enough, but the act itself takes a lot of effort and even more determination.
To get you on your way to getting that perfect six-pack we’ve found a few things you should be doing, and a couple you shouldn’t.
Get Enough Protein
Protein is your best friend if you want to get that perfect six pack. The right amount of protein will help you build lean muscle while helping you to burn fat. If you’ve ever watched professional athletes or bodybuilders eat, you’ll have noticed that most of their plates consist of protein-rich foods like lean meat, fish and eggs. Protein has the highest thermogenic effect on the body which will get the fat burning a lot faster. You can also get enough amount of protein by using protein powders. Make sure you get a protein shaker so you can keep your proteins handy.
As boring as the plank is as a part of your exercise routine, it is one of the most effective exercises at strengthening your core muscles. The key is to get your spine in the correct alignment and if you do, you’ll definitely feel the burn. When you first start out with the plank, you’ll be lucky to last a minute or two but if you dedicate yourself to doing this exercise every day for as long as possible, you will find yourself able to hold the plank position for a little bit longer every day. Squeeze your core and glutes, straighten your spine and keep everything nice and tight. Sounds simple enough, but it may take a few attempts to get your core fully engaged.
Obviously, it’s going to take a lot more exercises than just the plank to get your core muscles chiseled into a stunning six pack. Your aim should be to keep moving as much as you possibly can. This doesn’t mean you need to do hundreds of crunches every day. Do your own research and find a set of abs exercises. Keep the repetitions relatively short before switching from one exercise to another until you complete a full set. Make sure the exercises are intense and focus on your abs. When you have found a set of exercises and reputations you can stick to, keep working at it. Add more reps and exercises to keep your routine from getting dull and if all else fails, you can always work out using an ab machine.
Don’t Neglect Your Cardio Routine
Let’s face it, you’re not going to get a statuesque looking six pack by just doing ab exercises. Being in great shape requires a lot of calorie burning efforts and that means including some cardio exercises into your routine. Cardio will get you on the way to losing some of the fat, and you’ll need to do this so your abdominal muscles become visible to the outside world. One of the best ways to get that sensational set of abs is by a routine that will work out your entire body. Some of the top bodybuilders in the world like to alternate between cardio, bodybuilding and ab workouts. The benefits of alternating your routine will be that you are less likely to become bored doing the same thing every day which is also going to keep you motivated for as long as possible.
Forget the Fizz
Fizzy beverages such as sodas are the natural enemy of those aiming for the perfect six-pack. Not only are they packed with sugar, but they also have a lot of additives and preservatives that contribute to bloating. If you really feel the need for a fizzy drink, stick to sparkling mineral water.
Now we enter into the no-go zone. We all love a beer or two when we get together with our friends, but how often do we stick to the one or two beer rule? Those two beers usually end up being a liquid six pack and if we consume this with any regularity it’s “Bye, bye six-pack, hello keg”. Beer is generally made of grains which tend to cause bloating. It’s also loaded with calories and the more we consume, the more likely we are to snack on pretzels, chips and all those other processed snacks that go so well with beer.
There’s no need to give up your regular night of drinks with your buddies but reconsider what you’ll be drinking. Go for a glass of wine instead of beer or choose spirits like whiskey, vodka or brandy. Just remember that although these drinks may have fewer calories, if you down them too quickly you’ll end up drunk a whole lot faster. To lessen the effects of alcohol have a protein-rich meal before you head out.
You Can Say Yes To Carbs
Not all carbs are bad, and some are essential to those wanting a sculpted body. After an intense workout, you’re probably craving something a little starchy and this is the ideal time to get some post-workout carbs. The key is to consume carbs in moderation and make sure you choose the right ones. Include a cup or two of vegetables with each meal and go for healthy starches like sweet potatoes, brown rice or oatmeal. You’ll get the carbs your body craves after a workout without undoing your efforts at achieving the perfect six-pack.
Unfortunately, there is no magic pill or fast track method of getting the perfect six-pack. You’ll need to dig deep to bring out a whole lot of willpower and dedication. It means getting a lot of regular physical activity, much of which focuses on your abs and eating food that will give your body the fuel it needs. If you stick to your guns in terms of the right diet and exercise, it won’t be long before you start seeing some results.