This post will give you a quick introduction and orientation to the Sixpack Guide for Gamers. The intent of this post is to give you a broad overview of what it takes to achieve a lean sculpted body and will try to dispell a few myths as I go. And the best part, I’m not going to throw a bunch of BS at you to try to sell some e-book. This series is 100% free and the information is sound to the best of my knowledge, it’s all information I’ve pulled from my 10 years of research and experience.
Structure of the Guide
The guide will be built piece by piece and I’ll take you through a linear process of exposing you to the best nutrition and workout strategies to achieving sub 10% bodyfat while maintaining or even gaining some muscle mass. The end goal is to have a step-by-step resource for gamers who want to really take their fitness to the next level and achieve their dream physiques.
Abs are built in the kitchen, not in the gym
The biggest misconception beginners have is that they need some “secret” ab exercise, or they need to do a thousand situps every night in order to get defined abs. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Having visible abs is a combination of having developed abdominal muscles and then not having a bunch of excess fat that covers up those muscles. Your abdominal muscles actually have a very low threshold for growth, so you’ll never grow your abs to the point that they can be seen under 20% bodyfat(and that would make you look really weird as well, like those bodybuilders with distended guts from taking too much growth hormone).
The lower your bodyfat, the more abs you’ll see. At around 16% bodyfat(these numbers are for males, add about 4-6% for females) you should start to see your top abs appearing. At around 10% bodyfat you’ll have a visible six pack. At around 6% bodyfat you’ll have abs that make people say “wow”, and sub 6% is where you get into the territory of that elusive unicorn otherwise known as the eight pack.
The most effective and really only way to ever drop below 14-16% bodyfat is through a well-thought out and well-planned nutrition plan. Notice I don’t say diet. I hate the word diet. Diet implies that you’re going to do this temporarily and then go back to eating shit. I will not give you diets in this guide. I will give you strategies and tips to eat delicious meals that are healthy and help you reach your body composition goals, all without feeling like you’re starving or depriving yourself, because when it comes down to it the most effective diets in the world are useless if you can’t follow them for more than a week at a time.
You don’t need to do endless hours of cardio to get a sixpack
Plenty of people out there have gotten sub 6% bodyfat without ever doing a minute of cardio. If you are disciplined about what you put into your body and maintain a caloric restriction then cardio becomes completely unnecessary.
With that being said I like to incorporate cardio to the end of my sessions just because there’s a lot of general health and mood benefits to cardio, but don’t let the fear of having to spend hours on the treadmill keep you from pursuing your dream of a sixpack. Generally 15-20 minutes of cardio three times a week is more than sufficient to help boost your fat loss.
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