Someone recently asked me about 6-pack abs, I don’t know if I gave the desired answer. So, here I go attempting to answer. The biggest truth about having visible abdominal muscles is you need to have a lower body fat percentage. On average men need to be under 10% and women under 18%. You can’t spot reduce or crunch away fat from the area.
Body fat reduction occurs over the body as a whole and is done through intense cardio, resistance training and diet. The best movements for fat burning are compound movements like barbell squats, deadlifts, rows and kettlebell swings. These are great since more muscle will be worked during each lift, major calories are burned and the muscles of the core are trained. I feel performing compound movements is the best way to train the core. The job of this muscle group is to protect the lumbar spine, not just generating a crunching movement. The core does not require daily direct training (like crunches), it should be trained like other muscle groupings with proper rest and progressive resistance.
The ability to see your 6-pack (which we all have) will require a lifestyle change and discipline. There is no quick fix to 6-pack abs. Abdominal fat is usually the last fat to shed and the first to come back. Do the work and get the results!