By Siddiqu “The Personal Trainer”
Knowledge is the key to everything. So if you want a six pack, it’s important that you know the most effective and healthy ways to make it happen. A six pack is nothing more than the highlight of your stomach muscle groups, it’s just a look. Nevertheless, there are a few key tips you can incorporate into your routine to give your stomach that “six pack look”:
The human body is approximately 75% water. The more water you drink the more defined your muscles will become. The rest of your muscles are protein. To get a six pack, you need to increase your protein along with your water intake. How much protein you ask? It depends on your level of day-to-day activity. If you are a couch potato then an 8 ounce glass of milk, two cups of oatmeal and a serving of canned tuna daily are appropriate. If you workout during the week, try 2 cups of low-fat yogurt, half a cup of almonds, and a serving of chicken breast daily. Lastly, if you are going really hard in the gym and training like an athlete then try a cup of low-fat cottage cheese, a cup of chickpeas and walnuts, and a serving of lean beef or lamb per day.
Work your abs every day. Even if you don’t go to the gym, do some ab exercises. In a span of 10mins you can get in over 200 repetitions of different ab exercises. Getting a six pack is a numbers game. I recommend 200 reps for your abs 5 days a week. Space them out if you have to.
Relax your way to a flat stomach. Being angry, always on the go, and disorganized, all add excess stress to ones life. Excess stress adds inches to ones stomach, real talk. A study conducted at Yale University (The Stress-Fat Connection) found that of the 160 female participants, the ones who reported the highest levels of chronic stress had the biggest waistlines.
Cardio is one of the best ways to get rid of that fat layer and develop a six pack. Try to do as much hard cardio and fast cardio as you can. Activities like sprinting, jumping rope, biking up hill, etc. are all great examples. Intense cardio increases ones metabolic rate, which burns up excess fat on your mid-section.
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