Ab Workouts Not Giving You a Six Pack? Here's Why.

Hopelessly grinding away for a cut core? You’re not alone.

It’s no secret that the internet is flooded with abdominal workout trends claiming to provide transformative results in weeks (or even days?!). But if you’ve given any of these schemes a go and haven’t quite achieved washboard abs as promised, you’re not the only one.

As it turns out, there are many different factors that need to align to achieve the highly-coveted Six Pack, ranging anywhere from your diet to your detailed workout regimen. And contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t just mean wailing on your core...

Let’s dive into the nitty gritty details as to why archetypal ab workouts might not be giving you the results you’ve been so busy crunching for:

3. Spot Reduction is a Myth

If you’ve ever searched online for ab workouts, you've likely come across a phenomenon known as ‘spot reduction’. (You can see these ones a mile off: "LOSE BELLY FAT IN 7 DAYS!!!"  etc...)

According to this theory, targeting a certain area and isolating those muscles will burn the surrounding fat and slim down that area specifically… Right?  Unfortunately, wailing on your core alone won’t work the magic you might expect.

The entire philosophy behind hyper-targeted abdominal workouts is based on this idea, but science has proven time and time again that it just doesn’t work this way.

So why do so many fitness gurus, personal trainers, and workout programs continue to propagate this false ideology? ...Because it sells. Their promise of quick results for minimal effort is a much more tempting idea than adopting an entire workout regimen, which can seem intimidating and overwhelming to those with very specific goals like acquiring a six pack - but as with most things, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

The only effective workout strategy is one that’s all-encompassing and comprehensive, including muscle strengthening and toning in all the surrounding areas. To get the six pack you’ve been waiting for with none of the BS, check out MME’s Bodyweight Bootcamp. In this 6-week program, you’ll get ripped from head to toe - plus your abs that have been in hiding are guaranteed to come to the party.

2. The Right Nutrition is Crucial

You might have come across the phrase somewhere along the lines of: “Abs are made in the kitchen”.

While, like most catchy phrases, it’s oversimplified and generalized, there is still an undeniable truth in the claim that good nutrition is essential. Furthermore, if you’ve been working your a** off and still haven’t seen a change in your core, the problem could be in your diet.

Exercise only works at its maximum effectiveness when performed as part of an all-round healthy lifestyle, a massive part of which relies on your nutrition and eating habits. If your main area of focus has been on your workout regimen and not so much your diet, this could be great news for you to take your gains to the next level.

Take some time and energy to hone in on your nutrition, and you might see some surprising results in lowering your body fat percentage. Resources like MME’s Nutrition Guide are invaluable for kicking off your new eating lifestyle as quickly and easily as possible.

1. Don’t Neglect the Co-Star Muscle Groups

The final piece of the puzzle for materializing the ever-elusive Six Pack is all about diversity in your workouts. Don’t get us wrong - crunches are a great tried-and-true exercise for your core. But relying solely on one movement and expecting complete results is frankly ludicrous.

Don't forget - your core consists of all these muscle groups too:

  • Transverse Abdominals (behind your lower ribs to the pelvis) 
  • Internal & External Obliques (flanking each side) 
  • Multifidus (fleshy back muscles that stabilize joints) 
  • Spinal Erectors (extending up your back from the sacrum) 
  • Longissimus (central spinal column muscle group) 
  • Pelvic Floor (sling that supports everything) 
  • Thoracic Diaphragm (muscle separating chest from abdomen) 
  • and last but not least, the Rectus Abdominis (your classic 6-pack rack)

As you can see, simply working out the classic Rectus Abdominis group alone (that six pack you see at the front) won’t support a tight, ripped midsection if you’re letting the rest slack off!

To hit all of these muscle groups, you’ll need to switch up your routine - and our Warrior Shred Program is the ideal match for your abs!

Launch into this full-body workout that takes the guesswork out of your current routine, and saves you weeks of trial and error so you can get to pumping those muscles and achieving your ideal physique ASAP.

If you’ve been doing it wrong all these years, don’t sweat it. Turns out that many of us have fallen victim to get-ripped quick campaigns that target the abs… But it’s time to work out smarter.

Watch how fast your abs take shape with these tips - and there’s still plenty of summer left for you to show off your new-found cut core!

Although the days of wailing on your core might be officially behind you, a six pack you can bounce a penny off could be right on the horizon!

Maggie Johnson | MME Lifestyle Contributor

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