When the warm weather hits, your summer 6-pack will want to come out of hibernation. Get rid of the extra fat layer and make room for hard muscle!
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A legit six-pack—as opposed to just the “Hey, I’m really skinny” type—can’t be made in the gym alone, no matter how hard you work. And living on rabbit food to lean out isn’t the answer, either.
The trick to carving out ‘mirin-worthy abs lies in knowing how to combine the proper workouts with adequate rest and targeted nutrition. You’ll probably need to add a little strategic muscle, cut some fat, and prioritize recovery and rest. Don’t be surprised if fewer ab workouts and more food reveal the muscles you want to show off this summer!
Leg raises and cable crunches are fantastic ab exercises, and are definitely deserving of their places at the top of our “10 Best Muscle-Building Ab Exercises”. Both help develop the muscles of the rectus abdominis, which will make it easier to see the “blocks” of your six-pack.
Developing the right muscles is only one part of the equation. Revealing them is the other, and one that will probably require you to lose some weight. Following a calorie-restricted diet will help you trim fat and boost muscle definition, but take it too far and you could lose significant muscle mass—which is definitely not the goal.
A well-designed full-body weight-loss program, plus a diet rich in high-protein foods, is the perfect one-two punch.
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