Do this one thing to get six-pack abs

According to fitness trainer Josh Hewett, endless online training programs promise a ripped...

According to fitness trainer Josh Hewett, endless online training programs promise a ripped midsection. The truth is that for most people revealing a muscular midriff if not as easy as doing a few crunches in the morning, unless you happen to already be very lean.(Fotolia)

Joanne Richard, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:42 PM ET

 

Rock-hard abs are your best revenge.

Well, they are for celebrity Elsa Pataky - she was ripped for her baby bump at this year’s Oscars – “it looks like a beer belly!” Well, now she is ripped with a six-pack.

The Spanish model recently unveiled a new fitness book, Intensity Max, that promises to deliver a fit physique and she is her own best advertising. She unveiled jaw-dropping abs a mere three months after giving birth to twin boys.

The 37-year-old mother of three, who is married to Thor hunk Chris Hemsworth, was ruthlessly mocked by E! Network’s Fashion Police at the Oscars in March, for being heavily pregnant.

Well, she knows how to work it and is back in post-pregnancy shape fast and furious. The cover of her book features Pataky in a black sports bra and dripping with sweat. Take that, E!

According to Dr. Brett Osborn, great abs conjure up “feelings of virility, strength and health. Who doesn’t want to have a physique like Adonis or Hercules?”

Chiseled abs also stand for attention-to-detail and a commitment to one’s health, says Osborn, a neurosurgeon who is definitely is dedicated to definition and fitness.

Contrary to popular belief, defined abs are not particularly hard to come by. “We’re all built the same. All of us have abdominal musculature of similar morphology. One has to choose to shed enough bodily fat to unroof the musculature however,” says Osborn, also an anti-aging expert.

Typically, at less than 9% body fat, one will have visible abs. “This takes commitment, particularly to diet/nutrition and similarly to exercise. Abs are available to everyone,” says Osborn. They are a choice, he stresses, as is health.

So just how to get a six-pack? “Abs are not a function of a particular exercise - this is a myth. Abs are almost 100% diet-related. Shed adequate body fat and you will great abs.” All it takes is a combination of exercise and proper nutrition.

 

Osborne stresses that “exercise alone will not unroof the six-pack. It is wholly a function of body fat levels, adds Osborn, who is a walking billboard for his fitness book Get Serious.

According to fitness trainer Josh Hewett, endless online training programs promise a ripped midsection – “six-pack abs in six minutes a day… The truth is that for most people revealing a muscular midriff if not as easy as doing a few crunches in the morning, unless you happen to already be very lean and/or genetically gifted.”

Abs are developed in the gym, but revealed in the kitchen, says Hewett, of top-form-fitness.com. “You need to take charge of your nutrition and monitor your portion sizes and total caloric intake while increasing your overall physical activity.”

Meanwhile, Osborn works out his midsection with leg-ups, both bent and straight-legged. “Squats, deadlifts, bench press, overhead press and chin/pullups stress the abdominal wall as the rectus muscles are contracted during the movements, serving as trunk stabilizers… A weak abdominal wall equates to well… weakness. Our power lies within our hips and midsection, period.

“Just stick to basic exercises and focus your attention on shedding body fat through nutritional means. Avoid sit-ups and crunches as they inordinately stress the lumbar spine and potentially predispose one to injury.”


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