In this article, we discuss the most searched for muscle by far, one that outstrips even the legendary biceps by a mile: Those awesome six pack washboard abs.
Every depiction of a hero, male or female, seems to have them. Well, perhaps not Sam and Frodo. But most definitely every one else.
How then, does one go about obtaining such an outstanding aesthetic blessing from the gods, which are powerful enough to crush villains with their mere presence? Well, there are basically only two points you need to remember for obtaining six pack abs:
1. Don’t do thousands of crunches or sit ups
2. Work out every other muscle
Hold on! This seems very contradictory in nature. I won’t deny that it most certainly is, so allow me to elaborate.
The key point that you need to understand is that spot fat reduction does not work. The body simply does not work in that way.
What this means is that you cannot burn fat from your body in a specific place. You cannot burn fat from your arms by doing bicep curls or push ups, you cannot burn fat from your thighs by doing squats, and you most certainly cannot burn off that beer belly by doing thousands of crunches every day.
Working out a specific body part merely builds muscle in that specific part. It DOES NOT burn fat in that specific area.
Instead, fat is stored throughout your body (in higher proportions in differing areas based on your gender and genetics), and is also burned throughout your body.
Every individual has abs (abdominal muscles), including you! If you don’t..then well you’ll collapse like a pile of goo because your trunk can’t support you.
Instead, what you should be doing is working to burn away that excess layer of belly fat in order for your abs to show. Ever wondered why those really scrawny guys have abs, and yet never worked out? Well, this is why!
So, how do you go about burning away that belly fat? Allow me to introduce another analogy: Your classic inventory/equipment panel.
In order to build up your hero, you need to work on every equipment slot. While some are relatively more important than others (such as your weapon), negating any one slot completely would result in you severely gimping your character.
In this case, let’s take your belt slot as your abs, and your belly fat as the enemy boss. Imagine this: The entire game, you only work on obtaining the most powerful belt, but end up with every other slot being empty or filled with a low level item. You’re most certainly going to get obliterated by the boss!
And this is exactly the same in real life. In order to burn off your belly fat (the boss), you’re going to have to work on every part of your body.
Bench press to get abs. Do squats to get abs. Do sprints to get abs. Do pull ups to get abs. Do everything to get six pack abs.
This is, of course, not to say that you negate your belt slot completely. Work on it too, by doing perhaps a few sets of crunches just twice a week. But that’s all you should be doing, as you’ve far more important inventory slots to work on.
And that’s about it! The process of getting six pack abs is simple, but as always, confusing because of the way the fitness industry loves to scam people. Put in the hard work, and before you know it, you’ll have a body worthy of entrance into the Justice League itself!
As always, if you’ve any questions at all, feel free to fire away. We were all beginners once, and there’s no such thing as a stupid question!
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