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Top 5 Tips For Six Pack Abs

November 4, 2010 by Joey Vaillancourt · 4 Comments 

Well depending on where you are from, you may or may not have experienced the first round of snow old man winter gave us the night before Halloween…talk about scary :)

I live in Canada and snow and cold weather is to be expected but I don’t think anyone expected it this early.

So, why am I emailing you today talking about my tips to get six pack abs? Simple, I am on that path myself and I just in case I wasn’t the only one, I wanted to share some tips with you.

I’m getting ready now for a photoshoot AGAIN for the 3rd week of November and it is a pretty big deal simply because of who I am going to be shooting with (I can’t tell you just yet, but you will find out).

So, my plans changed a bit considering I was planning to just build muscle and perhaps enjoy more cheat meals than I should have.

Now I have been back in pure fat loss mode for the past two weeks and I have already seen massive improvements.

The improvements have been noticed in my abs, my conditioning and of course my ability to ‘Wake up’ at 5:50AM every morning after going to bed at 12AM!

So, in light of this photoshoot, in case you have an event you are looking to get lean for in the coming months or even just incorporate more bodyfat control when bulking, I want to share with you the
tips I am using to get lean again for the shoot.

Joey’s Top 5 Killer Six-Pack Ab Tips

  1. The Lean Threshold: If you want to see your abs again and you think bulking is the answer,  think again. Sometimes people confuse the fact that six pack abs require you to build more muscle
    in order to see them which is not the case.Often times, people already have abs but they are covered below a layer of flab and the only way to uncover them is to get in the

    lean threshold.


    The lean threshold is the body composition that allows you to look more muscular and see your abs at a lighter weight. It’s definitely a cool trick that happens when you look bigger at a lighter weight, but it’s the truth. Normally its about 10% for men. Hit that percentage and I guarantee you will see some  better ab definition and look much more muscular.

  2. Early morning fasted cardio: In my experience, early morning fasted cardio has worked wonders for dropping bodyfat at an accelerated rate. Why? Because by performing cardio in a fasted state after a night’s rest, you will burn more calories directly from fat stores because your glycogen stores will have been depleted overnight, allowing for more fat to be burned.Also, perform your ab work immediately following your cardio and be sure to consume BCAA,  Glutamine and a small amount of protein powder before and after cardio and abs to avoid muscle catabolism.
  3. Modified situps: one of the best exercises I have found for building abs is to perform a modified situp which consists of executing a regular situp but with your feet elevated and anchored onto something  (a bosu ball on a bench). Then when you situp you will also simultaneously lift your hips off the ground  using the balls of your feet thereby performing a double crunch which will work your upper and lower abs at the same time.Get ready for a serious burn unlike one you ever felt before.
  4. Switch it up: Abs respond best to change. You wouldn’t work your chest with the same  exercises or rep range forever would you? The same applies for abs.What I do is perform one ab workout where I do a higher rep range (40-50).  Then the next workout I will switch it up and do a lower rep range with a heavier weight.

    Also, don’t give your abs too much or a rest between sets.  Your abs can rapidly recover due to the fact that they are so closely located to your hear  which can pump oxygen back in at a much more rapid rate then any other muscle.

  5. Conditioning: What good is a plan like I mentioned above if you don’t work on your  condition to actually be able to perform the higher rep range in abs or even last for 30 minutes doing slow cardio?Sometimes conditioning isn’t even the factor that people struggle with. Instead it’s the fact that  they don’t have an interesting method to perform cardio and burn fat.

    That is why I always highly suggest some mixed training protocols and find a method that allows  you to perform cardio work that doesn’t leave you bored out of your mind.

    Right now I am working on some conditioning tactics that MMA style fighters use and this Wednesday, I am going to share with you one of the cardio and ab routines I am currently doing.


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