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Friday, April 25, 2003

How to Get a Six-Pack

I'm Dr. David Vastola and every once in a while Petey and I love to have a beer - especially after exercising, I don't know why it tastes better then, than other times. But for some people one's not enough and they want a six pack. I'm not talking about 6 bottles - I'm talking about that tight abdominal musculature they call a six-pack. Do you know how to get one? You won't find it at the 7/11. I'll tell you how to get it.

There's nothing like a sit-up. I think most of us would agree that a sit-up is a way to get that six-pack, but the truth is that's not right. If you want tight abdominal musculature, if you want that six-pack, what you need to do is strength train.

At the University of Alabama they did that. They took 25 students and trained them over a 25 week period of time. They found with weight training like this that they developed a six-pack - the tight abdominal musculature. Now how can that happen? How can exercising this (lifting dumbbell with arm) affect your abdomen? The reason is by doing that the adiposal fat tissue will leave the abdomen and go elsewhere and dissolve and when that happens the muscles become more prominent.

One more thing: intensity & genetic predisposition. Some people, no matter how hard they try, can't develop a six-pack. So when that happens, continue to exercise, enjoy that one beer - don't drink six of them - and stay healthy.

And I'm Dr. David Vastola and that's life.

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