Six pack pack abs suck. There. I said it. And I mean it.
In your heart of hearts, you kinda know that losing fat and getting a six pack means making sacrifices. You kinda know that there will be hard times, good times, and just normal boring times along the way.
And yet…you still dream of rocking a six pack. But you don’t want to think about how hard it will be.
Time to cowboy up, my American mates might say.
Here’s why getting six packs abs sucks — and how you can get them anyway with a little common sense an a little sweat.
Sound good? Keep reading. We start with common mistakes and end with what to do instead.
First, 10 things you’re doing wrong.
Then, 5 things to do instead.
- You don’t work hard enough
Sorry, but random 45 minute workouts two or three times a week are just not enough. Your gym sessions need to take priority over Netflix binges, hanging out with the guys, and just good old relaxing.
- Your program sucks
That workout you and your buddy do? Sorry, not good enough. You need a tailor made program that is designed just for you. Your new program will be hard, but will get you ripped. It will involve advanced periodization protocols that will test you in ways you never have been tested before. You will have to track every weight you pick up and learn things you have never done before.
- You neglect cardio
Yup, you guessed it. You need to do cardio. And not just ten minutes on the treadmill before each workout. You will likely have workouts designated just for cardio. That means after you have spent your energy and motivation on smashing chest, you now need to come back later and do 30 minutes of sprints and some steady state cardio. This gets old real quick. But you need to do it.
- You’re afraid of being tired
Your legs are heavy. Your chest is still sore. Even the cereal box is heavy. You are expending so much energy each day that recovery will be much slower. Slowly you will start to wonder: “Is it worth it?” The correct answer is yes.
- You love Facebook
But you’re wrong. Learn to love an app called MyFitnessPal instead. This will count every single macronutrient that goes into your body. No more rough estimates of what you think you ate. Measure it and get results.
- You eat too much of the wrong stuff
You will likely need to use calorie cycling. This means eating less on rest days and arm days, and more on leg days. Slightly less on chest and shoulder days but enough on back day. It’s not all that hard, but it does requires extra work.
- You drink too much beer
Let’s cut to the chase. Less beer with the boys, more eating out of tupperrware. Are we clear?
- You don’t meal prep
But you need to. Prepare many meals in advance over weekend. You’ll get the headstart you need.
- You compare yourself to a fitness model
You don’t look like like a fitness model. But guess what? Neither does he, most of the time. Kind of like how the bathroom lighting can make you look like The Rock until you take two steps forward and now you’re Danny Devito. Stop idolizing athletes who have everyone in their corner making sure they look perfect. Unlike you. they don’t have 9-5 jobs and a family to tend to.
- The side effects discourage you
Yup, low bodyfat has side effects, including loss of sex drive in men. Guys who pump iron, diet hard, and do HIIT can end up now having not much sex drive. This can happen at anytime in your journey but generally when your absolutely ripped.
Ladies, your periods may stop coming. Extreme dieting can cause your hormones to start going nuts. You may be thinking not having a period for a while is a relief. It’s not. It’s a signal telling you something is wrong. You may also experience pain in your thighs from the stress of dieting.
5 Things You Can Do Instead
- Drink Less Alcohol is great. I’m about to pour myself a glass of Ballantynes Whiskey straight afterIi finish this. Tomorrow morning I’ll jump on the Assault Bike and remember to enjoy another whiskey in a few days. The key here is moderation. Don’t sink beers every night or polish half a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with dinner. Save it for a special occasion. Have a couple on the weekend but don’t just drink for the sake of drinking. Your health and your abs will be forever grateful.
- Eat Smart
Aim for two palm sized portions of protein with each meal, 2 cupped handfuls of carbohydrates, and 2 thumbs of fat. Ladies, aim for 1-1.5 palms of protein, 1 cupped handful of carbs, a thumb of fat with each meal. Add or subtract based on how your body responds. Always keep a decent fist size of vegetables on your plate. No exceptions.
- Train with intent
Do you ever feel like you are just going to the gym but not actually training? Having a clear reason for why you are there makes it so much more important. Find your why and make every rep count!
- Don’t stress
You are going to miss a workout and you will blow out your diet. And it will happen more than once. Who cares? Life goes on and if you spend your time worrying about what you’ve done wrong, you’ll never get to enjoy what you did right. Life is for living. Find balance in everything and commit to what you want.
- Hire a coach
Not only will a coach get you to where you want to be, they’ll also be the voice of reason and share their secrets with you. A good coach will be able to guide you to getting a set of abs, enjoying Saturdays, and not living inside of a gym. Why stumble and fall when you walk straight to your destination?