6 Pack
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Are you frustrated with your midsection? Jealous of those who have a six pack, and wonder why you can’t seem to get it right?

Let’s go over the reasons you’re not getting that flat stomach you’ve been working so hard to achieve, as well as some simple ways you can mix up your routine to make it happen!

You’re doing every ab exercise in the book, but still have a belly.

Spot reduction of fat is a myth, my friends. You can’t crunch away midsection fat or do tricep extensions until the wobble leaves your arm! A combination of intense cardio sessions, clean eating, and consistent weight training over time is the only way to lose the fat hiding your muscles.

You do crunches EVERY day.

When you work your muscles every day, they don’t have time to heal. Just like any body part, your core needs days off for recovery and to build new, lean muscle.

You’re doing the same core workout over and over.

Any exercise you perform repeatedly for months will result in a plateau, where your body stops making progress. Also, by performing only certain moves, you’re not working your entire core. There is no one exercise that will get you a six pack. Don’t forget about the obliques, lower back, lower abs and upper abs. Doing an intense, rotating regime will get your core strong! Try rotational lunges, T-pushups, and squats with up-right rows. The key here is that these are are combination movements that join two classic moves together.

You eat unhealthy processed foods.

By eating prepared meals, you’re not paying enough attention to the nutrients your body needs and very likely ingesting WAY too much sodium. The bloating that excess sodium causes can hide all that hard work! Getting great abs starts in the kitchen with healthy balanced meals, not in the freezer section of your grocery store. On that note, cut back on alcohol and sugar too. No one gets a six pack from martinis and cheesecake. Try water and green tea!

You don’t have time/a gym/good genetics.

People that have a six pack tend to not have excuses. There is always time during the week for a workout. You just have to want it bad enough and get off your bottom and do it! Ab workouts and clean eating do not require special equipment, nor the DNA of gods. You’ve been given free will; use it wisely.

You’re trying to run off your belly fat.

A regimen of steady distance running will not reduce your body fat percentage enough to lead to a six pack. Instead try high-intensity cardio programs. Think sprints not marathons.

All of these tips revolve around the same bottom line: If you don’t have a low body fat percentage, you will never see your six pack!

But on the bright side, everyone has a flat, sexy core waiting to be revealed. Pick your goal and stick to it until you get there!