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Six pack abs seems to be the magical unicorn that so many people are chasing after but never seem to catch.

Many people wonder why they don’t have six pack abs. That question is a bit confusing however because in truth we all have abs. Of course having abs and having a six pack are obviously two very different things in some people’s mind.

The truth of the matter is we all have the same abdominal muscles. What we do with them, how we work them and how we try to define them is up to us.

Every single person has a six pack, just the same as every single person has a pair of biceps. The shape and definition of your six pack is dependent on many factors just like the shape and size of your biceps.

Unfortunately your genetics is not something that you can change. You can’t change your body type any more than you can change your height. That is why you see that having visible abs is easy for some people and difficult for others.

To many people a six pack is the ultimate goal when it comes to working out. This makes sense in a way because whenever you are losing weight the abs are the last thing to appear.

You have probably experienced this before. You are trying to lose weight and you notice differences in your shoulders and arms, but nothing really in your abs. That is because when you lose fat your body works from the outside in. That is why the abs are so hard to uncover.

One way to get Six Pack Abs is Cardio Training

Cardio Training for Six Pack Abs

For some reason when people want six pack abs the first thing they think is that they just need to do a little more cardio and they will get there. Obviously diet and other training aspects factor into the equation. Cardio does have its place in your six pack ab training; you just have to be careful not to overdo it.

Some people can become obsessed with getting their six pack, which isn’t necessarily bad. However, when that obsession leads to them doing hours and hours of cardio a week it can be a problem.

When you put yourself in too great of a caloric deficit your body will have no choice but to burn muscle. While you will be losing weight, that weight will be muscle and you continue to get softer and softer.

When it comes to cardio for your six pack less is often better. If your diet and training are on point then you don’t need to go crazy with your cardio. In fact if your cardio is intense enough you could get away with doing only an hour a week or so.

HIIT Cardio for Six Pack Abs

If you have never heard of HIIT it stands for high intensity interval training. It consists of doing a short duration of really intense exercise followed by a longer duration of lower intensity exercise. For the sake of cardio it might involve sprinting for 20-30 seconds and then walking for 90 seconds to 2 minutes. Or sprinting on a bike or rowing machine or whatever form of cardio that you can out all out effort into and then have a rest period.

HIIT cardio is the best bet cardio for fat loss. With HIIT you hit your muscles hard with short, intense workouts that burn the maximal amount of fat. Not only that, but you continue to burn fat after your workout, and at a much higher rate than traditional slow steady cardio. A couple of HIIT sessions a week is all you need. It is much more effective and efficient than spending 45 minutes a day on a treadmill.

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