Can you get a six-pack by doing a hundred sit-ups day?

Hi Guys

In fifteen years of personal training, it’s the question I’ve been asked thousands of times.

And I can understand why…

We’ve all seen those tacky commercials advertising the latest gizmo from the USA which “guarantees you a six-pack in less than 4 weeks.”

What a load of rubbish.

The truth is that EVERYONE has a six-pack. After all, we’re all born with abdominal muscles. The problem is that for a lot of us, it’s hidden under a layer, or several layers of fat. So let’s say you did train yourself to do 500 sit-ups a day for the rest of your life. If you’re carrying too much bodyfat, it won’t matter - you won’t be able to see your abs anyway.

So to really discover your abs – you need to burn bodyfat. And what’s the best way to do that? It's not by doing sit-ups. In fact, it’s a combination of 2 things:

1. High-intensity training
2. Sensible eating

High-intensity training is a style of exercise which keeps your heart rate high and boosts your metabolism. Why is it so good? Well, boosting your metabolism makes you burn fat faster and over a longer period of time. Seriously, after a workout you’ll be burning calories whilst you’re at your desk, in the car - or even when you’re sleeping. It’s a mixture of resistance exercise and my personal favourite, interval training, which we’ll talk more about another time.

When you combine it with sensible eating, you’ll burn calories and torch that layer of fat away from your stomach. What do I mean by sensible eating? Plenty of water (minimum of 1.5 litres per day), your 5 a day of fruit and vegetables, balanced meals with carbs and protein - and avoid snacking on sugary snacks throughout the day. You don’t have to eat like a monk – you just have to be a little more sensible with your calories. It really is that simple.

If you want to know more about the above – or if you’ve got any other questions, give me a shout at I’d be happy to hear from you.

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