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Six Things You Must Do To Get Rock Hard Abs

Jan 28, 2008
Nothing looks better on a fit body than a sexy midsection. Yet nice looking abdominals are one of the most elusive things for a fitness minded person. As you may have witnessed, some people can practically spend their life in gym, and wind up with strong legs, nice looking arms, a good back, but still no definition in the abdominal area. So how does one go about getting six-pack abs?

1. Don't think crunches are the key

There's a lot more to getting a six-pack than doing crunches until you can't stand up. Really, everyone has abs. The people with envious midsection simply have burned enough fat to bring them out. But this brings us to our next problem: how do you burn more fat?

2. Eat Six Small Meals a Day

Your metabolism gets revved up every time you eat a meal. A little food is like a shot of nitrous to your body's fat burning system. So if you want to keep your metabolism running strong, eat six smaller meals throughout the day instead of three larger ones.

3. Do Other Muscle Building Exercises

Your resistance training routine should definitely NOT only or even primarily concentrate on your abs. You should find a more well rounded routine that works every muscle throughout the week, while still giving your muscles plenty of resting time to grow. The more lean muscle you pack on, the faster your metabolism will be. And the faster your metabolism is, the sooner you will have the midsection you have been dreaming of.

4. Keep an Eye on Your Dietary Fat

There is no healthy or practical way to completely stop eating foods with fat in them, so you should get educated on the variety of fats out there. Generally speaking, you should not eat trans fats at all and avoid saturated fats as much as you practically can. Mono-unsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats are much healthier for you, and might even lower your cholesterol, help your exercise, and reduce your odds of respiratory or coronary illness. The "healthy" fats are usually found in fish, nuts, and avocado.

5. Learn a Variety of Abdominal Exercises

Just because abdominal exercises aren't the answer to getting great looking abs doesn't mean you shouldn't do ab exercises at all. But you definitely should learn a variety of ways to work your core instead of just doing the crunches you are used to. When you do the same exercise over and over, your body gets used to it, and it becomes less effective over time. Working your abs in a bunch of different ways will have them looking extra nice once you burn enough fat for them to peek through.

6. Sleep More

If you only get six hours of sleep every night, there is no way those abs will show. Sleep deprivation slows your metabolism and encourages your body to store fat, which, as have already learned, is what is keeping you from having good-looking abs in the first place. If you want those hours spent in the gym to be worth something, you have to go to be earlier and wake up later.
About the Author
Chris McCombs is known as an Exercise Orange County specialist. Chris his own fitness and training business Positively Fit Inc. which helps people all over Orange County lose fat and get the body they want. You can learn more about Chris at http://www.socalworkout.com
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