Frank Mikulka's

Weekly Fitness Tip

May 23, 2004

Perhaps, this is not your typical question, but what exactly is a six-pack? If it’s what I think it is, then clearly I have a keg? Do you have any suggestions? (John, Smithtown)

Six-pack applies to the abdominals. The abdomen is the straight muscle along the stomach. A well-developed rectus abdominis muscle has a washboard appearance because transverse bands of tendons divide it into several segments - the more segments, the more pack, so to speak.

To better define your abdominals and strengthen your core:

  • Work out your abdominals making each one count- slowly and controlled. Make sure you pull them in towards your back, so as not to build them out. Exhale on exertion. You don’t need fancy equipment. Vary the exercises: crunches, bicycles, planks, etc. You can use a video or follow exercises in magazines.
  • Choose your food wisely eliminating sugar, white processed foods and unhealthy fat from your diet. Eat more lean protein and complex carbs.
  • Do your cardio to decrease body fat
  • Strength-train to increase muscle tissue

An added benefit: You will have fewer backaches.

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