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How to Get Six Pack Abdominals the Right Way

May 6, 2008
The answer to the age-old question of "What is the optimum ab excercises for getting rid of abdominal flab?" is...

None! abdominal excercises alone don't establish enough of a metabolic change in your own body to create fat loss.

As a tutor, nutrition expert, and fitness authority, I consistently get questioned on what the best types of exercises and workouts are for getting rid of persistent stomach flab in order to bring out clear-cut 6-pack abs. The question is that a lot of people with excess stomach flab looking to try to uncover their abs are looking for some kind of "miracle ab workout program" that is going to slash the flab from their abs in no time flat.

The fact is... they are going about the problem entirely the incorrect way! The thing is that you don't lose abdominal flab by doing ab excercises.

The problem is that focusing most of your time and effort on ab exercises and abs workouts to try to flatten your mid section and bring out 6-pack abs is simply wasting your time from doing the proper workout programs that will acutally reduce your body fat for ever.

If I were to pick an answer as to what the best exercises are for getting rid of stomach fat, my reply would contain full body exercises such as the ones listed below:

variable forms of squats, lunges, deadlifts, clean & presses, snatches, swings, presses and pulls, mountain climbers, sprinting, etc.

These types of full body exercises would embody a much higher percentage of the workouts I would use instead of abs exercises precisely targeting the stomach. The way you combine those full body exercises into a strategic workout that maximizes your metabolism is also very significant.

Don't get the wrong idea... I do recommend a number of exercises that exactly target the abdominals and core, but these are only a very small fraction of the programs I plan for my customers as your time is better spent targeting the full body exercises that invoke the greatest hormonal and metabolic responses within the body. also, a side-effect of working out using primarily full body multi-joint combo exercises are that you always work your total midsection even though you are not specifically targeting the abs.

Keep in mind that the most important factor for loss of stomach fat to see your abs is actually in the nutrition area. No matter how serious you excercise, if the food you eat is full of garbage, then your abdominals will be layered with ugly flab. Diet is without question the "king of obtaining a six pack".

So let's clear this up at last...

Quit wasting so much of your time targeting yourself on situps, crunches, leg raises, and all those silly "ab machines" in your efforts to try to generate 6-pack abs. Instead focus on high intensity full body lifts by doing a mixture of multi-joint exercises all strategically combined into highly effective fat loss workouts. Couple that with a healthy diet full of natural unprocessed whole foods as close to their natural condition as imaginable, and those evasive six-pack abs will be yours in no at all!
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Dave has been a nutritional advisor and abdominal trainer. For more information go to

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