You can’t get a six-pack by drinking six-packs of beer, but you can develop awesome abs if you use those cans as free weights. Here’s how.
- Step 1: Do sit-ups with a twist: lie on the floor with your knees bent and your feet on the floor. Put the six-pack on top of one shoulder, and cross your hands across your chest so you can hold onto it with one hand. Now raise up and twist toward the shoulder without the cans. Do 3 sets of 15 on each side.
- Step 2: Crack open a cold one and enjoy your reward -- so long as you factor the calories into your diet. You’ve earned it!
- FACT: 63 percent of Americans over 50 are more concerned with the shape of their abs than with any other body part, according to a survey.
- Step 3: Make crunches a little more difficult: while still gripping the six-pack under your chin, lift your bent legs so that your calves are parallel to the floor as you lift and lower your upper body.
- Step 4: Do ab crunches: Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and hold the six-pack between your hands, under your chin. Slowly lift your shoulders and upper back off the floor, drawing your ribcage toward your pelvis, then return to the floor. Again, do 4 sets of 25, and rest 45 seconds between sets.
- Step 5: Go on a diet. You can get a six-pack with exercise, but no one will be able to see it if it’s hidden under a layer of fat.
- Step 6: Do reverse crunches: lie on the floor with your arms beside you, palms down, and the six-pack across your ankles. Bend you knees and bring them in towards your chest while keeping your feet together. Contract your abs and curl your hips off the floor; then slowly bring them down again. Do 4 sets of 25, resting 45 seconds between sets.
- TIP: To make sure you’re lifting and lowering in a controlled manner, count "1,001, 1,002, 1,003" on the way up and again on the way down.
- : Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.