Ethan practices Wing-Chun Kung-Fu as well as swimming, running, and weight-training.
The Truth Hurts
Any guy that does a typical online search like 'how to get a six pack fast' or 'the best way to get a six pack' will be bombarded by photos like the one to the right here.
Women looking into the best way to get a flat stomach will find the equivalent photos of women with washboard tummies. Accompanying the photos are often mouth-watering titles such as get a six pack in a week or 5-minute workouts for incredible abs'.
The truth though is that for most people, achieving a good 6 pack is not an easy task, and definitely not something that can be done in a very short space of time. It requires dedication, effort, and determination.
The truth hurts, in more ways than one! The good news though is that it's not impossible to get a good six pack, and this article will help you on your way.
There are really two ways of looking at the question 'the best way to get a six pack'. Do you want to get a six pack in a short space of time - a day, a week or a month? Or do you not mind it taking a few months, but just don't want to spend much time working on your abs each time you exercise?
My belief is that if you don't already have the outline of a six pack, then getting one in a day, a week or possibly a month is probably not possible.
The second way is definitely more possible - over a few months, you should be able to get well on your way to having a six pack without needing to spend too much time on your abs each time you exercise.
This is actually the most important thing I could possibly tell you when it comes to getting a six pack: the best way to get a six pack does not involve spending all your time working on abdominal exercises. I'll explain why exactly in a little while.
There are several core elements you need to consider to get a six pack, and all are of equal importance. Only focus on one of them, and you'll either take an eternity to get the results you want, or you'll never get them.
But the more of these elements you put together, the better chance you have. If you want to know the best way to get a six pack quickly, like in a matter of days or a couple of weeks, then the honest truth may be that it's not really possible unless you are already halfway there.
But what is possible is that if you listen to the advice in this article, you will get there as soon as you are individually able to.
How many sit-ups do you usually do?
1. Don't Just Do Sit-Ups or Crunches
Muscles are clever things, and they quickly adapt to the same range of motions and resistance. You could do tens of thousands of basic sit-ups and crunches, day after day, and never get a six pack or flat tummy.
The fastest way to get a six pack is to have variety in the kinds of exercises you do. There are countless different ways to target all of your abs and core. It is beyond the scope of this article to describe them all, but a Google or YouTube search can find many examples.
Shockingly, sit-ups and crunches are not even the best exercises to do to get a good six pack fast; doing press-ups and pull-ups, for example, will do more for your abs than just sit-ups.
Scientific research has shown that doing ridiculous amounts of sit-ups is not the best way to get a six-pack.
If you are going to do sit-ups or crunches, make sure you do them correctly.
2. Burn the Layer of Fat Away
No matter how big, strong and incredible your abdominal muscles are if you have excess fat in your tummy, all that hard work is going to be hidden, and only you will know you have a six pack behind the fat.
You need to work on burning away the fat, as big abs are not going to stick out through the layer of fat in front of them.
So it's time to get running, cycling, swimming, or doing any cardiovascular workouts you like as long as you are burning calories and fat.
It can be especially tempting for guys to ignore the cardio workouts and focus entirely on weight training, but you are missing out on the single best way to get definition across all of your muscles, not just your abs.
It's amazing how many guys have great muscles, but no definition because they do not work hard enough on burning fat through cardio sessions.
Doing cardio work will not just help to define the six-pack you already have, but will also help your overall muscle definition.
This is one of the most important things to remember: the best way to get a six pack is to burn off fat and uncover what is probably already there!
3. Eat, Drink, Sleep, and Rest Properly
Your diet is crucial in repairing damaged muscle from weight training and cardio, and also in reducing your body fat which will ultimately lead to a flat stomach or a six pack as quickly as possible.
Pay attention to your diet, for example:
- Eat smaller meals more frequently rather than big heavy meals
- Cut down on sugary refined foods
- Eat whole grains, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
- Eat a good source of protein with every meal
- Cut down on your salt intake, and the list goes on
With a bit of research, you can find an enormous wealth of information online on the best diet for your body type.
Make sure you drink plenty of water. This is crucial to recovery and muscle building as well as fat and calorie burning.
Get a good night's sleep. The body does most of its muscle repairing while we're dreaming, and also continues to burn fat away. I've written a very comprehensive article - how to fall asleep instantly - which gives lots of advice on making sure you can get regular, good quality sleep.
The best way to get a six pack quickly really is to look at it from an all-around point of view: you have to do the muscle building work, you have to do the cardio, and you have to have a good healthy lifestyle and diet.
Miss out one of these things and it will take you much longer to get a six-pack.
4. Stick With It!
It really does take time and determination to get a six-pack, and any website that tells you can get one in days is probably misleading you, which you'll probably discover when you've read enough of what they have to say.
The best way is to stick with it - don't give in when you don't see instant results, and in time you'll have what you want.
If you are not starting from a point when you are already nearly there and If you are not already doing regular exercise, the chances are you are not going to get where you want to be in one week or even one month (sorry!).
One of the most inspiring ways to keep yourself motivated is to keep a workout diary, or even photograph your newly forming 6 pack as you go.
This can serve to remind you that even if you are not seeing that six-pack just yet, you are still improving week by week.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Ethan Green