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Flatter Abs: The Six-Pack Theory

Aug 17, 2007
You're watching television, and suddenly this commercial comes on with a man or woman, usually half naked, who is proudly showing off his or her abs. As you sit there eating your snacks, you suddenly develop a sour taste. You proceed to the mirror, and suck in your stomach, all the while envisioning what you would look like with six-pack abs. Forlorn, you return to your comfortable couch and continue eating. Sound familiar?

If you are like most people who exercise, it's almost guaranteed that one of the areas you are focusing on most are your abs. To this end, here is a list of the most common forms of exercise that can assist you in reaching that goal.

The Bicycle Exercise: According to one study, this exercise which targets your abdomen and waist is the best way to shape those abs.

The Captain's Chair: Those of you go to the gym regularly will engage in this exercise.

The Exercise Ball: Another great exercise to strengthen the abs.

The Vertical Leg Crunch: Great for abs and waist.

The Torso Track: Mostly used in gyms; this tends to be a hard workout.

The Long Arm Crunch: Designed solely for the upper abs.

The Reverse Crunch: Tiny movements producing large results.

The Full Vertical Crunch: Using your entire body to work the abs.

The Ab Rocker: Relying mostly on the abs to rock back and forth.

The Plank on Elbows and Toes: Designed to build strength to abs and back.

In order for any of these exercises to produce the desired results, it is recommended you exercise two to three days per week. If you are attempting these exercises for the first time, use caution and stop if you experience any pain. The more you work the abs, the more repetitions you will be able to perform comfortable and without risk.

Keep in mind; however, it is always better to seek the advice of a professional trainer. There is one in every gym. If you choose to become a member, a certified trainer will walk you through the gym, explaining each piece of equipment in depth, and demonstrate the proper way to use them. While some gyms are affordable, others sometimes offer a two for one membership.

It is easier to participate when you have a friend or loved one with you, so that you can both lend moral support to each other. It is important to ensure the gym you join has up to date equipment, is well staffed, and can meet your every need.

If you choose to take it upon yourself to exercise on your own, then research the most effective products which offer ease of use; safety, and results. Having flatter abs will not be of any consequence if you hurt your back or any other part of your body in the process.
About the Author
Patricia has been interested in weight loss & fitness since the early 70's and knows the difference between hype & fact. For daily Dieting & Fitness Information please visit: http://www.The-Weightloss-Guide.com/blog
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