If you open any magazine or watch any television advertisements you will often notice many images and pictures of different types of abdominal cruncher type machines and various methods showing you how to get ripped abs. Most of these pieces of equipment come with fantastic promises of getting a wonderful set of abdominal muscles in no time at all. The question remains for many people as to whether these types of machine actually work.

If you are looking to get a great set of abs then it is important that this muscle group is stimulated to grow by performing focused exercises. Performing sit ups and using abdominal crunchers can achieve this but there are additional steps that can be taken to build up a six pack more quickly. The abs are made up of a number of muscle layers which can be exercised individually. Doing this will increase the rate at which these muscles grow rather than performing a general exercise like a sit up. An example of such an exercise is to start the sit up with your hands behind the head. Then, as you reach the top twist and touch your right elbow on your left knee and go back down slowly. Then repeat this and next time touch the right knee with the left elbow. This helps to stimulate the oblique abdominal muscles which will help increase overall size.

A little known fact, and one of the best ways to develop a six pack is to exercise the larger muscle groups in the body such as the large chest muscles and especially the large quadriceps muscle on the front of the thighs. Doing this achieves two aims. The first is that these big muscles burn a lot of energy and create a lot of heat which encourages fat loss. The second is that they encourage the production of natural growth promoting hormones in the body because of the stress it places on the body. The result of these two factors is that the abdominal muscles increase in size and the fat layer reduces resulting in a more visible six pack.

Getting rid of this fat layer is an important area to consider. The abdominal muscles are covered in a layer of fat which hide the underlying structures. If we reduce this fat considerably then the muscles underneath will become visible and give that ripped look. It is often mistakenly believed that performing hundred of sit ups or crunches will get rid of this fat. However, fat cannot be removed locally in one place and has to be removed from all over the body to see a reduction over the abs. The only way to achieve this is to reduce calorie intake and burn off excess calories with exercise. The effective exercises are those mentioned previously, working the big muscles and aerobic exercises.

Putting all this together it is quite possible, with some determination, to start to get a six pack in as little as twelve weeks. Doing a regime regularly and taking frequent small steps is the secret of knowing how to get ripped abs.