If you’re like me, the thought of going to the gym isn’t something you think, “If only I could find a way to spend more time lifting weights and doing more cardio!” 

No… you want to get in, get out, and get on with your day.  Since you are dedicated to being fit you want to make sure what you’re doing is really bringing significant results for the time you sacrifice.

Getting six pack abs and a flat, sexy stomach is multi-dimensional.  You need effective exercises to create the “six pack,” and a nutritional program to shed the belly fat to show off the muscle definition.

Frankly, ab workouts have historically been my least favorite thing to do.  But I have found a secret to working my abs I’d like to share with you that have saved me a lot of time at the gym…

I have incorporated abs exercises while focusing on other muscle groups.  For example, I like to use a stability ball while working my chest.  Using dumbbells, lay on the ball with a slight incline and your feet about a foot apart.  If you are doing the exercise properly, your abdominals will tremble pretty rigorously the first time out.  You WILL KNOW if you are doing this exercise properly.  If you don’t feel like you are working pretty hard to support yourself, try to either incline or decline slightly.  In this position, there are many exercises you can perform.  Chest press, flyes, and some tricep exercises.  Get creative – but use caution.  If you haven’t done this before, you may lack a certain amount of balance.

Another exercise I really like is called the plank.  The first time I did it my abs were on fire!  It’s very simple to perform.  You go into a push up position, but instead of extending your arms all the way to the up position, you rest on your elbows for a lower position.  Keep your body straight like you are laying on a board.  Hold that position for as long as you can.  Repeat 3 to 6 times and try to lengthen the time each time.  It is amazing how hard your stomach has to work to support you in this position!  If you are finding it too hard to do this exercise, try doing the same as above but with your knees touching the floor instead of your feet.

Something you can do throughout the day is what is called the “stomach vacuum.”  You simply suck your stomach in as far as you can and hold for 30 seconds or more.  Relax and repeat.  You can do this while you are sitting at your desk at work, and even while you are doing your cardio workouts.  It really helps to strengthen your core which is vital for supporting your lower back.  If you have lower back problems, this will really help.

Standard crunches and curl ups rarely give you an effective workout.  Plus, you have to be really careful to not put too much strain on your neck.  Many experts agree that these exercises are no longer necessary. 
There are many programs on the internet that do an excellent job of giving you many exercises to choose from, as well as a comprehensive nutritional plan.  As I have stated before, Two of my favorites are, The Truth About Six Pack Abs, by Mike Geary, and Your Six Pack Quest, by Vince DelMonte.  I have been using it for quite some time now and have seen fantastic results.  It come with a money back guarantee and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.  If you are looking for a great plan that promises great results or your money back, check it out by clicking on their titles written in blue just above.

Finding the right ab workout among all the clutter isn’t easy.  Try these mentioned here and see real results in no time at all.

To your health,