When involved in an exercise program, many ask the question “How can I try to get six pack abs?” They do some abdominal exercises, along with their other exercise routines, but somehow, they just don’t develop those abs into a 6 pack. So what is going on?
There is some good news, perhaps, for those of you who religiously work on your abdominal muscles. The good news is that your six pack abs are most likely there. The bad news is that you can’t see them because of the later of fat covering them! If you have a body fat ratio of more 12% then your abs will not be as well defined. The more fat, the less definition your abs can show.
Ok, so what can you do to get more definition? Lose some body fat, and your 6 pack abdominals will begin to show.
Of course, if the correct exercises are not being done routinely, then that is another reason that the six pack won’t be developed. Lots of people perform sit ups and leg raisers, but these are exercises that don’t work out the abs very much.
Surprised? Doubtful? Try this test. Get into your normal position for doing your leg raisers, and put the palm of your hand on your hip where the hip and thigh connect. Then perform a few leg raisers. You will probably discover that your hip flexors are doing most of the work, not your abdominals.
Ok, so what about crunches? When you perform these, you are supposed to be crunching your abs together hard so they burn, and to do this takes time. If you are going up and down fast, then your “crunches” are not as effective as they could be, and your abs will not be as well defined.
So, think about your abs when you are exercising, and make sure you are working them effectively and you will soon have your very own six pack abs!