Getting abs is not more of a health and fitness matter than it is plain vanity. Many men and women are driven to tone up their bodies and strengthen their abdominal muscles because of the desire to look better, and most usually, to the opposite sex. This is greatly true to a lot of men. If you’re a man who has a six pack abs, most definitely, you’ll draw more eyes from ladies everywhere than a regular guy without any. Let’s face it, his body is a man’s standard to looking physically attractive.
Fitness magazines, weight loss pills and abs exercise devices have always been in demand among men. Different diets have also been very popular. And fitness gyms are always full of mostly men, working those abs out. However, the goal of reaching those swooned six pack abs do not usually come as easy. Great discipline, long hours and vigorous body wrenching workout are not uncommon to those who are determined enough to really reach that goal.
For many, spending a whole lot of hours murdering their bodies with intense workout is something expected in getting a six pack abs. Come to think of it, if you’re really focused on doing something, you’ll invest more time on it right? But did you know that the measure of time is not the determining factor in getting those six pack abs? You can spend several hours a day for months and not get the effect that you’re expecting. The effectiveness of your abdominal workout routine is more dependent on the intensity. The more intensified your workout is, even if it’s just done for a few minutes will go way longer because of the “Afterburn Effect”.
The Afterburn Effect or EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) is the continuous burning of calories after a short and intense workout. Burning calories after exercising might sound crazy but it does happen. There have been several studies that suggested a strong correlation between the intensity of the workout and the calories burned post-exercise. A person gets the optimal burned calories after exercise during an intense workout performed at 70 to 85 percent maximum heart rate. An intense workout usually involves a routine that focuses more on cardio and strength training.
The sustained metabolic rate of your body to burn calories becomes more potent in longer bouts of exercise. However there are exercises that are proven to have an Afterburn effect even just within 4 minutes of intense workout (Tabata). In getting those six pack abs, all you need to do is to trigger an Afterburn effect after a few minutes of intense abdominal workout. Also, short pauses or intervals in between training has shown to increase the burning of calories post-workout. Repetitions done at a quick pace within 30 to 60 seconds and resting for short periods of about 15 to 60 seconds is great as long as you do not give your heart rate a lag.
To sum it all up, in order to trigger the afterburn effect and get those ripped six pack abs you want, your workout should be a combination of cardio and strength training exercises that involves Resistance, Rest, Repetition and Intensity. Do this, and get six pack abs the faster way!