Monday, December 15, 2014
Secrets to a Six Pack
A six pack is a coveted attribute for most men. It is a symbol of health, virility, and masculinity. It is also a key body part that many women find most attractive in a male. And whether they want to admit it or not, it is one of the major body parts that men find most appealing as well. It is also considered attractive to the general masses. Need a little evidence? What is one key physical feature that most hollywood leading men have in common?
A muscular and toned six pack. These actors go through months of training prior to movie roles in order to get the body that is going to make them look the most appealing on screen, and a big part of that is visible abdominal muscles. There are books, diets, magazine articles, and exercise programs that focus solely on the acquisition of a toned and defined midsection so it must be a desired goal for many men. So with today's post I would like to let you in on the secrets to getting that elusive six pack. And here they are:
Consistency and Discipline.
Not what you were expecting? Were you hoping to hear about some new supplement, a targeted ab routine, or even a natural superfood? Sorry to burst your bubble but the key to getting a nice six pack, or really any other physical attribute, is making the appropriate behavior changes and lifestyle choices. So lets look at these two characteristics a little closer.
In order to get the body you want you have to be very consistent with your exercise and diet. You can't just get in a workout session here and there or eat clean some of the days of the week. You have to make exercise part of your lifestyle and incorporate it into your routine on a daily basis. As I have eluded to before that doesn't mean that you have to go to the gym everyday of your life. Your body responds to stimulus and has no idea whether that stimulus is being applied at the gym, in your living room, or in a park. You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to where and how you workout. You just have to make sure you do it often and with adequate intensity. Consistency is even more important when it comes to diet. You have to make the right food choices most meals of the day and most days of the week. That doesn't mean that you can't have pizza and burgers here and there. But consistently choosing the right foods, and avoiding the wrong foods, will do wonders for your health and fitness goals. I feel that I should mention, however, that it only helps to be consistent using a healthy diet. If you are consistently eating a crappy diet then you can kiss that physique goodbye. There are many great diets out there to choose from but the best one is the diet that you can stick to and also allows you to reach your goals. It might take a little effort on your part to research and try different diets but when you find the one that fits it is well worth it.
This is the other piece of the puzzle. You have to be very disciplined with your diet order to get the body you want. You have to be able to say no to those donuts at work. You have limit yourself to one beer at dinner, not five. At a barbecue you have to choose the grilled chicken over the hotdogs. You have to be disciplined every week when you plan out what you are going to eat over the next seven days. You have get up early every morning so that you have enough time to make a healthy and nutritious breakfast. You have to plan and pack a lunch to bring with you so that you don't end up eating out for lunch. You have to occasionally decline that invitation to go out because you know it will just lead to over-eating and drinking. It is not always fun but you have to make the hard choices that are going to help you reach your goals.
Now with those things being said I would advise against making your primary goal the attainment of visible abs. Nobody wants to be the scrawny guy with abs.
Instead, focus on getting your entire body stronger with multi-joint compound strength movements and dial in on a clean diet. If you stay on top of those two things with consistency and discipline then the abs with come.
To end this post I would like to state that having six pack abs is not the end-all be-all of fitness. There are people who are extremely fit but don't necessarily have a six pack, and conversely, there are people with visible abs who lead extremely unhealthy lives (I'm thinking the entire cast of Jersey Shore). So while this post highlights how you can get a six pack don't think of it as a necessity. Just focus on being happy and healthy.