There is an article in “The Times” today all about the rise of the “six pack” and how desirable it has become. I am very pleased to see that one of the best ways of developing a six pack is by doing Pilates. This is very good news for me as a newly qualified Pilates instructor. I can teach men how to develop their six packs. I could become an expert in six packs. I am so liking this idea I need to stop writing about it for a minute. In fact, perhaps I need to stop writing completely for the day and get on with all my other jobs. Can you tell I’m a bit snow-bound today? This is my 5th post of the day.
Other recommended ways in the article to expose that muscle often found buried deep within your stomach include:-
Start by increasing fat-burning aerobic activity – running, swimming, cycling in order to get rid of some of the fat hiding the muscles.
Try a swissball (although don’t let it pop like the one my friend went on in a gym and broke all his ribs)
Don’t bother with other abdominal gadgets.
Laugh a lot – it gets the TA (transversus abdominus) going
Don’t do endless sit-ups – try Pilates instead – much more focused and effective.
Try the “bicycle move” – lie on a mat/carpet with hands behind head. Bend your knees and alternate bringing your opposite elbow to opposite knee in a twisting movement, whilst pedalling your legs. If you haven’t done them before don’t extend the legs fully each time until you’ve built up some strength in your abdominals. Try and keep your naval pulled in and your spine flat on the floor. Do two sets of 15-20 reps 2-3 times a week. Build up to 4-5 sets.
If you’re looking for a six pack expert, you’ve come to the right place…