3 Mistakes People Make When Trying To Get Six Pack Abs

One goal on many people’s agenda is getting those elusive six-pack abs. When you’re sporting around a defined set of abs, it’s a clear indication that you’ve worked hard in the gym and you know exactly what you’re doing when it comes to fitness and weight loss.

Unfortunately, many people go about getting six pack abs in all the wrong ways - and this costs them - BIG.

Unless you understand the principles behind getting your abs to show, you are going to spend years on the six pack ab chase.

Here are the top three mistakes people are making when in search of a six pack.

Doing Endless Amounts of Ab Work

If you want to build your bicep’s bigger, you do bicep curls. If you want to develop quads of steel, you do squats till the cows come home.

It only makes sense then that if you want to see clearly defined abs, you should crunch, crunch, crunch, right?


While some ab work is good - it’ll help develop the ab muscles, the fact of the matter is that we all have ab muscles.

I have ab muscles, you have ab muscles, even that five year old running across the street has ab muscles.

The reason some of us have showing ab muscles is because we don’t have that cushiony, protective layer that keeps them in hiding.

So, if you really want to get six pack abs, you need to remove the padding. Plain and simple.

If there’s excess padding, you could have the biggest ab muscles in the world and they’re still not going to look defined.

Not Enough Time In The Kitchen

Okay, technically, maybe that should be too much time in the kitchen - but the point in clear, unless you’ve got yourself on a solid diet, don’t expect a solid set of abs.

The saying, ‘Abs are made in the kitchen’, is 100% true.

Going back to the above, you’ve got to remove excess body fat if you want your abdominal muscles to show, and the best way to do that is with a proper diet.

There is no excuse for not putting in a full effort when it comes to your diet if getting a six pack is your primary goal.

In fact, I’d almost go as far to say that if you had to choose between a good diet and never doing a single ab crunch, or a mediocre diet and doing a good 30 minutes of abs three times a week, I’d choose the former for best results.

Diet is THAT important.

Do not overlook this, ever.

Not Being Patient

Finally, the last mistake people make with their goal to get six pack abs is not being patient enough.

As much as you likely don’t want to hear this, fat in the abdominal region is typically the last fat you’re going to lose, so unless you’ve seen noticeable decreases in ‘padding’ around the rest of your body, don’t count on seeing changes in your abs.

Lowering your body fat is a whole body approach - there’s no such thing as spot training, so you’re just going to have to be patient and trust that with hard work, results will come.

Not to be cliché, but good things come to people who wait. Abs are no exception.

So, if you’ve got your mind set on a set of six pack abs, make sure you’re clear in that mind of yours about these common mistakes.