The Best Core Abdominal Fitness Workout for Sexy Abs

by : Matt Shuebrook

Everyday people email me to get the answer to the age-old question of "What are the best core abdominal workouts for ripping tight six pack abs?"

Unfortunately the answer that I give has not changed....and the answer is None! There is not one single ab workout that in isolation will create enough of a metabolic response in your body to promote fat loss.

You can imagine since I am a personal fitness trainer, nutritional guide and fitness professional I am always being approached by people asking what the "best types of exercises and workouts are for losing stubborn stomach fat." Or... What are the most effective stomach workouts in order to bring out visible six pack abs?" The problem with this is that most of the time, people with excess stomach fat are looking to try to uncover their abs via some "miracle fitness program that focuses just on abs" that is going to slash the fat off their abs in no time flat.
So back to the most highly asked fitness question...What are the Best Core Fitness Workouts that Promote Six Pack Abdominals?

The thing is... they are going about the problem entirely the wrong way! The truth is that you don't lose stomach fat or get ripped six pack abs by doing ab workouts.

When you spend your energy doing abdominal exercise after abdominal exercise, crunch after crunch with hopes of flattening your stomach and bringing out those sexy 6-pack abs; you are simply wasting your time and energy. What you should be doing is the correct workout program that will actually reduce your body fat for ever.

If I were to choose an answer as to what the best exercises are for losing belly fat, my answer would probably surprise the 'sit-up' out of you. On the top of the list you would find exercises such as the following:

various forms of squats, lunges, deadlifts, clean & presses, snatches, swings, presses and pulls, mountain climbers, sprinting, etc.

Back when I spent hours training people on the one-on-one personal training level, I would entail much of the above mentioned moves in my clients workouts. I almost always would design fully body workouts such as listed above instead of abs exercises directly targeting the midsection.
However that's not the final answer...The way you combine those full body exercises into a strategic workout that maximizes your metabolism is also very crucial.

Don't get me wrong... I do recommend a certain amount of exercises that directly target the abs and core, but these are only a small fraction of the programs I design for my clients as your time is better spent focusing on the full body exercises that stimulate the greatest hormonal and metabolic changes within the body. You know what else is really cool about doing these full body workouts that I teach? In addition, to actually working the larger muscles such as your chest, back and legs; you also will have the opportunity to tone your arms (triceps, biceps, and shoulders) as well as "GUESS WHAT?" .....YOUR ABS!

Nutrition is without a doubt the "king of getting a six pack". I have heard it said that six packs are baked in the kitchen and not in the gym.
So let's clear this up for good...

Stop wasting so much of your time focusing on sit-ups, crunches, leg raises, and all those silly worthless "abs contraptions" in your efforts to try to develop 6-pack abs. Instead focus on high intensity full body lifts using combination multi-joint exercises all strategically combined into highly effective fat loss workouts. If you add the right fitness plan that is not necessarily geared towards losing belly fat, but geared towards building lean muscle and you also focus on eating to support your workouts and allow your muscles to grow, then you will burn belly fat!