What It Really Takes To Get Six Pack Abs

This is me with the elusive six pack.

Ever since I can remember I have wanted to achieve a six pack. I would see pictures of people with them. It seemed so attainable.

I think I probably had one when I was younger. I was very lean growing up. I don’t remember though.

What I do know is when I was 17 years old I got fat. I partied that whole summer after my Junior year in high school. I would go to parties and then come home and cook burgers on my parent’s deck. In three months I put on about 30 pounds.

When school started back up I knew I needed to lose weight. I went on a diet program made by a company called Cybergenics. Their progam was called Cybertrim. I lost about 25 or 30 pounds. Bascially it was a diet program along with a bunch of supplements.

Blast from the past.

I got down to about 175 pounds. It was a lot of work. A lot of dieting and working out. But no six pack. In fact, I wasn’t even close to a six pack.

I assumed it was out of the question, me ever attaining six pack abs. I mean, look how hard I worked that  time. I did all the dieting and working out and I wasn’t even close to a six pack.

So I plugged along. Lost weight another time and sold my diet program online. I still didn’t have a six pack. I lost a lot of weight and sold a lot of programs. I was making $10,000.00 a month selling my diet program. But no six pack.

At this point, I considered it a fact that I would never have a six pack stomach. I would never see my ab muslces. I didn’t care. I wasn’t losing sleep over it or anything. I just would say that I didn’t believe it was a possibility.

So fast forward about ten years or so. I had once again packed on the weight. I would guess I weighed somewhere in the neighborhood of 205-210 probably. This is pretty heavy for me.

I was drinking every night, eating like crap and not takin very good care of myself. I started having what I thought were heart problems. My heart was skipping a beat. I went in an saw a cardiologist. After a million tests it turned out I was fine. But this put the fear of God into me. I was on a mission.

I devised what I thought was a heart healthy diet. Read about that diet here. I started exercising at the gym. Then I started running outside.  I started running 3-4 days a week. I remember the first time I ran 7 miles. I was amazed. I had tried running before and never made it farther than 3 miles. I really surprised myself. I wonder how far I can run, I thought? I signed up for a marathon and started doing a long run on Sundays. Pretty soon I was running over 10 miles on Sundays.

I would run around a lake by my house. There were two loops around this lake. One was 3 miles and the other was 4. It was like a figure 8 shaped lake divided by a bridge. I remember being amazed when I could run the big side, which was 4 miles. By the end of the summer I was running both loops 3 times (21 miles). It is shocking how easily your body and fitness adapts when you push it hard enough.

As you can imagine with this diet and all this running the weight started falling off fast. I was dropping 5 pounds a week or more.

The final result was me being about 160 pounds. This was the lightest I had been since I was in junior high. I wrestled 152 pound as a freshman in high school and had to cut weight for that. And guess what? I had a six pack. But I was skinny. Almost too skinny in my view. My head looked gigantic.

Here is a a pic below the summer before I ran my marathon.

This is me at about 159 pounds. About what I weighed when I was 15 years old.

Granted I was also eating about 1,200 calories a day, plus beer most nights. But, I was also doing construction work every day. I would run 4 or 5 miles, then go to work and pour concrete for 4 hours. Then on the weekends, I would run anywhere from 15-20 miles on Sunday alone.

So Can you get a six pack? Sure. You just need to get lean enough. I know people will say that you can drop bodyfat without getting your weight down. I have never been able to do this. I am either lean or chubby. No middle ground.

So this is how I did it. Maybe you have a better method. If so I would love to hear about it.