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5 Tips to Get Six-Pack Abs

When it comes to getting a six-pack, it’s much more about diet than exercise. So if you’re trying to get abs—you are basically trying to lose weight . . . and build stronger core muscles.

Since abs are probably the main muscle that most people are looking to show off, many people think that if they only exercise the muscles around their belly, the fat that exists there will disappear. However, that’s not true, because you can’t lose fat only at a specific place in your body. You can build more muscle at a specific area of your body, but it doesn’t work the same for burning the fat. You can only lose total body fat. Here are my top tips to getting a six-pack.

1. Start sprinting instead of jogging

Jogging, walking and slow pace running are great spiritual and physical exercises, but truth is that they don’t burn that many calories. Sprinting or high intensity running on the other side, fires up your metabolism, making you burn fat and build muscle quicker. Bottom line: sprinting burns more calories than low intensity running.

There is also a connection between long low intensity running and loss of muscle. You can notice that by simply comparing the physique of a sprinter and a marathon runner.

2. Start doing more compound exercises

Everything always comes down to metabolism, and compound exercises are great to increase it. Burning fat is essential when trying to have a six-pack. Bench press, deadlift and squats are three of the most well knows compound exercises. They will help you get stronger abs by strengthening your core. Start doing them right now . . . in your mind first.

If you do the compound exercises right, you only need to train abs two to three times a week for 20-25 minutes. So stop doing only crunches and focus on the multi-joint movements.

3. Eat enough protein

Protein is the best when it comes to building muscle. First of all, your body burns a lot of calories just by trying to digest protein. So protein is helping you build muscle while also burning fat—perfect isn’t it?

Just be careful on your calories. It’s so easy to eat foods with a lot of calories, lying to yourself that you’re only eating them to get the required amount of daily protein. Always remember that even if your abs are big and strong, nobody can see them under the fat. It’s like having a nice and expensive car, and keeping it in the garage forever.

4. Hydrate

Hydration is important for everything. If you’re dehydrated, even your mood changes, and you won’t find your workout very pleasant—which means you’ll quit exercising soon.

Try for at least 6-8 glasses a day. Keep track of your water intake, since the better hydrated you are the higher your metabolism will be. Also if you decide to stay well hydrated, make sure that there’s always a bathroom near you.

5. Visualize and Believe

If you don’t see it in your mind and believe it, you won’t even try to change your diet or exercise. Keep your motivation high by visualizing the way you want your body to look every day.

If you always quit one month after starting to diet and exercise, that’s what you’ve been doing wrong. Mind is the most important thing here.

Even if you are a nutrition expert, and know all the exercises in the world–you can’t do much to lose weight and get a six-pack, when your motivation is low. Overweight personal trainers perfectly illustrate what I’m saying. So watch your calories, and train hard—but above all—use the power of your mind.

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