Updated: Mar 25, 2021
So, whats the best ab exercise to get a six pack or a flat stomach? This is the question that I come across all the time being a fitness professional. Everyone wants to work on their core or focus on ab workouts when they start a training plan with me. I get asked a ton of times "hey coach whats the best exercises that we can do for my stomach , I want to get rid of all this fat!"
When I give them the truth they almost don't want to believe it or accept it! The truth of the matter is that there is no "BEST AB EXERCISE to get a 6-pack". You cannot target fat loss in a specific area. There is no target fat loss and there is no spot reduction. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. The ONLY way to get a flat stomach is by making sure you follow all components of a fitness plan that has been mapped out correctly. THERE IS NO AB EXERCISE TO "GET A SIX PACK". THERE IS NO AB EXERCISES TO "GET A FLAT STOMACH". SHOULD I SAY IT AGAIN????
You have to have a good workout plan and you have to stick with it consistently day in and day out, and BE PATIENT! Resistance training, cardio in the proper heart rate zones, accountability, a proper meal plan or proper eating habits and hold yourself accountable by weighing out your food. Eating the right amount of calories, protein, carbs and fats every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism sped up. This is the ONLY way. This is how we get a six pack, so you have to ask yourself are you consistently doing all of the above day in and day out. Remember its a lifestyle that you have to be willing to adapt to. Everything is a trade off, nothing is given and everything is earned.
You have to be willing to learn to track your calories, so you can make the proper adjustments. You want to look for weight loss of 1-2 lbs per week. Slow and steady wins the race every time. Increase or decrease your calories by 10% Until the scale is showing you proper weight loss. Another thing that can slow down your weight loss is eating the wrong types of foods. 500 calories of chicken and rice is not the same as 500 calories of pizza. The nutrients in the foods are not the same and your body won't respond quite the same. Keep that in mind. A calorie is NOT a calorie. If that was true then I would get ready for a bodybuilding contest on candy bars and cheese quesadillas!
Cardio is only going to help you get into a caloric deficit faster, and help you to get that flat stomach! Cardio is a must! Remember, it takes 3500 calories to lose 1 lb of fat. A 500 calorie deficit per day will get you 1 lb of fat loss per week. Double that if you want two lbs of fat loss per week. Hard work , sacrifice and self discipline is the key. Consistently sticking to a plan and even if you have the knowledge and know what you're doing you might need more accountability. Thats where a coach comes in hand. Weekly check ins with your coach, is major accountability. Weekly weigh-ins, and progress pics take the accountability to the next level which makes all the difference. Resistance training 5 days per week, cardio 5 days per week, tracking what you're eating while making the proper adjustments, setting aside time to meal prep every week, having some self discipline and self control.
Last but not least, BELIEVING IN YOURSELF, and positive self talk, to condition your mind. Train the mind and the body will follow!
If you're not doing these every single week then this is exactly why you're not seeing the weight loss and the transformation that you are looking for. These are the steps that have to be taken if you truly want to transform your physique.