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Six Pack Abs: Get A Ripped Midsection in 8 Minutes?

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Why Are Six Pack Abs the Biggest Scam in the Fitness Industry?

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Six Pack Abs is the Get Rich Quick Scheme of the Fitness World

Who doesn’t want to be rich? Like get rich quick schemes, most 6pack abs advertisements sell you on the results that you want. Like being rich, almost everybody would like the abdominal area which looks like the lead actor or actress of the latest film.

There are hundreds if not thousands of fitness products out there which claim to be the best way to achieve six pack abs. They will often claim that their method is the “Secret” for obtaining 6pack abs.

6pack Abs Products

Six pack abdominal products sell you the end result. For most people, achieving six pack abs shouldn’t even be on the radar. The six pack abs products sell the idea that achieving six pack abs is a quick and easy process.

Nine out of ten abs programs fail to let you know up front that the entire process needed to get 6pack abs could take months to years to achieve. Six pack abs programs often come in the form of simple Ebooks that usually consist of large chunks of rudimentary information for a fee, workout DVDs and even dietary supplements.

If abdominal products and services told you the truth up front, they wouldn’t make any money and most importantly you wouldn’t lose any money. The goal of this pages is to educate and inform you about the six pack abs marketing scheme.


Achieving Six Pack Abs Never is, Never was and Never Will be Easy

Most People who Consider or Purchase Six Pack Ab products have No Business Even Thinking about Abdominals at the Current Moment

Do you think Michelangelo started carving the abdominals first on the giant boulder that was to be the statue of David?

He most likely had the thought of the overall look of what David’s abdominals were to look like before he started but surely he put that at the back of his mind. He started the statue not by chiseling the fine details, but hacking away the large chunks.

Most likely you have large chunks to lose. If you decide you want 6pack abs at this point you will most likely fail. Why?

Getting six pack abs may take months or even years for some people. Since you inherently expect quick results like your scam abdominal products promise, you will get discouraged and quit when the quick results do not manifest.

Quick results will never happen for 90% of people because fat is deposited mostly in the abdominal region, especially for men. Unfortunately, regardless of how many crunches, sit-ups, or abdominal machine reps you do, there is no way to cause your body to burn more fat from your mid-section than the rest or your body.

The Abdominal area is Usually the Last Place where Noticeable Fat Loss Occurs

Fat is stored subcutaneously (under the skin) throughout the entire body. Since for most people the bulk of your body fat is stored in the abdominal region, it takes the most time for fat loss to be noticed in the abdominal area.

In order to achieve six pack abs your total body fat percentage must be on average approximately 8% for men and 12% for women. These numbers are not exact, but it usually requires a very low body fat percentage.

An extremely low body fat percentage may not be comfortable for some people. Unless your body is naturally very low in body fat lowering your body fat percentage to a low level may be unhealthy. It is best to know all about body fat before you attempt to achieve 6pack abs.


What You See in Fitness Magazine Pictures and Movies Does Not Tell you the Whole Story

Turn the pages of your average fitness magazine for example, “Muscle and Fiction” and you will no doubt find countless six pack abs 6pack abdominals 300 ab movie abdominalpictures of people with perfectly toned physiques. This is actually not the case.

Fitness Magazines have Pictures of Professionalswith Perfect Physiques

The actors, models, athletes and bodybuilders who are in the pictures look good for a living. They can afford to put the time in, hire expensive trainers and dieticians because they absolutely have to.

Most of the time the professional fitness models or bodybuilders are only in perfect shape with noticeable six pack abs when they know they have a photo shoot.

Sometimes as with pre-contest bodybuilders the models look completely different weeks out from the photo shoot. Even for them, having 6pack abs and an extremely lean body fat percentage is hard to maintain year round.

Take Gerard Butler for example. The Scottish actor starred in the blockbuster 300 and had to get in phenomenal shape to play the lead role of Leonidas the king of Sparta. His physique was topped off with six pack abs that had everybody raving, “How did he get those?”

Besides the computer graphic enhancements, and strategically placed painted on dust the key question should have been, “How long did he have 6pack abs for?” If you watch any interview with Butler you will know that as soon as the movie was done filming, his abs were done showing.

This is not to say he could not have stayed in the 300 filming shape, but it wasn’t natural for him to do so. Once his 2-3 hours of training with multiple trainers stopped his body returned to his natural shape.


You Now Know the Real Deal but the Only Thing You Want is Six Pack Abs

Achieving Six Pack Abs is Really About Goal Setting

Setting obtainable short term goals is essential to achieving a long term goal. Just like your fitness program should be constantly evolving, so should your goals.

If your goal is to get 6pack abs and you are a guy with 25% body fat you have no reason to think you will be able to see your abdominal muscles in the near future. Using abdominal products or “six pack abs” exercise programs which promise quick results will get you nowhere but disappointed and demoralized.

Your Only Goal should be…. To be Able to Set New Goals

Your first goal should be something similar to lowering the body fat percentage 5% down to 20%. This, although not easily obtainable is certainly feasible. You have to lose that 5% before you can lose the next 10% which will allow you to possibly be in the range where your abdominal muscles will be visible under your skin.

There is really nothing more to say. Six pack abs are the ultimate goal for most people. Long term goals require long term solutions and that is where a complete holistic exercise program and fitness lifestyle comes in.


Achieve Six Pack Abs over Time with a Smart, Complete and Scientific Exercise Program

  • 100 Free Abdominal, Obliques and Core Exercise Videos
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    If you care not to read about anatomy and physiology and the method behind the madness you can find exercise videos for the abdominals as well as the rest of your body. It is simple, click on the person, or exercise equipment to find the associated exercises.
  • All About Body Fat
    The reason you do not have six pack abs is most likely because your body fat is covering the muscles. In order to achieve your fitness or 6pack abs goals you should learn all about the body fat which you are trying to get rid of.

Author Profile: Mike Behnken

Mike Behnken is a personal trainer who holds multiple NASM certifications and a MS in Exercise Science. Mike loves fitness, travel, and photography among many other interests.

Disclaimer: The views of the author are his or her own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Ask The Trainer.

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