Assuming that your body fat is low enough, it takes very little work to get six pack abs. I am absolutely convinced that most of the crunches and twists that you see people perform in the gym are a waste of time.
I have been doing nothing but the standard plank exercise for 2 minutes and my abs are starting to look better. Craig Ballantyne, author of the cutting edge book Turbulence Training, has a free ab video that does a great job explaining how to get six pack abs. <—Click here to see the video.
When you watch the video you will see that Craig shows you many variations of the plank exercise. I just focus on the first one where he shows you to hold it for 2 minutes. It works really well!
Quick story about what happened in my gym today.
After killing myself with high intensity interval training on the treadmill, I went upstairs to out “ab area”…Where there are a bunch of mats and exercise balls, incline ab boards, ab rollers, etc.
Anyway…I see people doing endless sets of ab exercises. A personal trainer is telling a guy that he has to do at least 10-15 sets of 15 reps for his abs to see any definition (I have to hold back the laughter sometimes).
So I go into the middle of the room, go into plank position for two minutes, and then stand up and get ready to leave. The personal trainer near me was talking about street fighting with the other personal trainer during these two minutes…total meat heads! Both of these guys are pudgy and they brag about how much they can squat and how they want to put on 30 more pounds of muscle, etc…Totally clueless!
So as I get ready to leave the room I see one of the personal trainers whisper something to his buddy and kind of smirks at me. All of the personal trainers at this gym hate me because I’m in much better condition than them…plus their clients ask me for advice, which I know drives them nuts!
I’m sure both of these chumps have no idea how to get six pack abs. If they did, you sure wouldn’t know by looking at them! Give this 2 minute workout a shot…hopefully you will be well on your way to getting toned abs.