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How to Flex Your Way to Six-Pack Abs

It was the summer of 1998. I was 12 years old at the time and a frequent visitor to the local public swimming pool. Our family was doing well that year so each of my siblings and I had a Summer pass. Wow, a Summer pass! I felt on top of the world. I went to the pool religiously every day, right when they opened. I remember many of the teenage boys and men there had chiseled abs and washboard stomachs. I was just starting to like girls at the time and it seemed like all the boys with the muscular physiques were getting more attention from the ladies than I was. As soon as I realized this, that was the beginning of my quest to get ripped.

I started lifting some free weights that my dad had lying around the garage. That helped a little, but I was still self-conscious of my stomach. Keep in mind I wasn’t overweight. I was a lean kid. I wanted a chiseled stomach though, so every day at the pool I would constantly flex my stomach. When I flexed, it looked like I had more definition than I actually did, but who could tell right? So I flexed constantly. I flexed when I walked, I flexed in the pool, I flexed when I was laying down. I started doing it so much, I even flexed when my shirt was on. It just became a habit.

What I didn’t realize at the time was all this flexing had led to greater definition. Now even when I didn’t flex, you could see an outline of my abs. This may not seem like much, but for me it this was exciting.

As my obsessive flexing continued, more and more of the six pack under all those layers of skin started to come through.

I’m not suggesting you go around flexing your stomach all day long, but just think about all the time you’re not doing anything where you could take advantage of this:

  • Standing in line at the grocery store
  • Waiting for coffee at Starbucks
  • At the crosswalk before the light turns green
  • Watching television
  • On the bus, on a train, on a plane (in a boat, with a goat. no, not really)
  • While you’re showering

Flexing and isometric exercise is proven to improve muscle definition. Now I’m not saying this is the fastest way to develop a six pack, it should be seen as an addition to your normal core workout. Obviously body fat percentage plays a big role as well. If you’re 50 pounds overweight, it doesn’t matter how much you flex, your abs aren’t going to show until you drop some weight. But if your body fat is at a healthy level you’ll see results within a few weeks.

When you flex your stomach, try to focus on the lower abdominals. Your obliques and lower abdominals are usually the hardest part of the stomach muscles to gain definition in. When you flex, try focusing as much on those sections of your muscles as much as possible. Don’t worry about the top and middle abs, you’ll naturally flex them anyway. It also helps when doing crunches, leg raises or butterflies to focus on the obliques and lower abs. Try to flex them as much as possible on each rep. Not only will you gain definition, but you’ll also be recruiting more muscle fibers. This improves your core strength and mind-body connection. Essentially, the more lesser-used muscles you can consciously control, the stronger you’ll be and the greater definition you’ll have.

Flexing any muscle on your body improves the mind-body connection and improves muscle memory. The more you flex, the more your body will think that’s the way you should naturally look.

 

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  • Julian

    hm, I’m quite slim myself and started regular daily exercise about 1.5 years ago to gain a few muscles. The arms and legs have started to grow, but the stomach hasn’t changed that much even though I’m flexing those areas really hard multiple times a day. Well, maybe I don’t eat enough protein.

    I’ve also heard that some people tighten their belt way too much so they are forced to flex their stomach all day long…

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    Okay, this is probably a dumb question…
    when you talk about flexing your abs, do you mean that you kind of use your muscles like you would if you were doing crunches? or is it more of pulling your stomach in and then relaxing it?

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    There are a few isometric ab exercises that don’t give you any other choice but to flex, because if you don’t, you’ll fall over!!

    Try the plank and the side bridge.

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  • Gabriel

    Wow this is absolutely amazing because before I ever read this. I had done the same thing. Except rather than being self conscious, I would just flex my abs just because I liked the feeling of having sore abs. Now keep in mind this took me a good 2 months in order for it to start showing. Also, I was doing somewhat intense workouts in addition to this. But this truely worked for me too. Be sure that if you do plan on doing this, have a low body fat percentage because you’re not going to be discourged if you’re too big and do this alone without any excersize in addition

  • Jermaine

    Flexing like this makes me feel a little light headed is that weird?

  • Gabriel

    I believe you need to keep drinking a lot of water. And I would do two types of flexing. The first is when sitting down indian style lean a little forward and trying pushing your abs out as hard as possible. It will be a pretty bad pain at first. It will be like getting a charlie horse in your abs. But sacrafices in my opinion are necessary. The second way is just no matter what try flexing your abs wherever you are and whenever u can.

  • Jermaine

    Okay, thank you very much.

  • Gabriel

    No problem, let me know how this works out for you. In the mean time I’m gonna be whipping my abs back into shape. Oh and note to self, abs can be a pain in the a*& to maintain. So make sure you’re ready for that type of dedication

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  • gabriel

    Your very welcome. Use proper dieting as well cardio. :)

    • N03

      How Do You Flex Your Abs .?

      • CainAintShit

        when sitting just feel your abs when they are at there hardest and squeeze for 10 seconds.

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    How to get this all done? I really hope to fit some points into my schedule.

  • Gabriel

    quite simple. suck in a part of your stomach while pushing out your abs as well

  • Brandon

    Hey, I started flexing my abs every chance i could. I started out a little thin but no definition. along with about 500 crunches a day, I have started to see results 2 months in.. At first it seems like its never goin to happen but juz keep sticking with it. also, when it is hard to feel burn when doing crunches, add a 10 pound bar weight on ur stomach. and hold ur crunch for the last 10 of your workout. i dont have six pack abs, but i can definately see the definition. hope to have washboard abs by the end of the year. thanks dude

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    I’m just a beginner in having a goal of in gaining six packs abs.After reading this article, I was thinking this might be good start through getting abs specially that I’m still a beginner.Just wanna try this simple flexing exercise.

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  • chad

    woww
    i saw way more definition in 2 weeks
    do the same rules apply with arms?

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  • Nicklas

    Guys, there is no need for doing endless amount of crunches….
    I do abs once a week, and I am pretty ripped, got a six-pack, obliques are showing.

    If you guys want a six-pack, watch what you eat, and do deadlifts (BEST exercise there is for total body workout).

    last thing, do weighted ab exercises. No need for 100 crunches, just sets of 12-15 reps with added weight.

  • Saulius

    Hey, i was just wondering. Should i keep them tensed as hard as possible all the time which seems impossible or tense a little for long time period?

  • eric

    my abs are shifted, odes that effect anything?

  • eric

    *does

  • Max

    i am skinny. not chubby at all. but i dont have abbs yet. approximently, how long would it take to get abbs by doing this?

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  • Sophia

    cool i started doing that  afew days ago glad im not crazy and other people do it lol. !!  cant wait to get cut :)

  • Coaderzz

    Im 12 and i also want a six pack for the same reason not to be a show off but im the strogest petson in my grade im pretty fit but other kids have dix packs but they r much smaller than me i think thAt is the reason

  • guest

    is it bad to flex your abs so hard your chest+face turns red and veins pop out?

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  • Nathan

    I did the same thing I just started flexing and before I knew it I started getting definition

  • Scdchamp

    Interesting. I’ve never heard of this as a technique to get more definition in my sixpack. A while back I decided to use this guide on how to get a sixpack, 
    http://howtogetasixpackx.co.uk/, anyway it worked well, but I want more definition and I think if I add this simple thing I’ll be able to get what I want. Thanks for the post. 

  • Duke_88

    http://fitnessblackbook.com/six-pack-abs/bruce-lees-secret-six-pack-ab-exercise/ 

    do this along with planks. then youll have more definition while relaxed

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    http://fitnessblackbook.com/six-pack-abs/bruce-lees-secret-six-pack-ab-exercise/ 

    do this along with planks. then youll have more definition while relaxed

  • guest

    how do you flex your abs though?

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  • Brianawantsabs

    i always try to flex because when i got to the pool wth my friends i wont be chubby i will have abs even tho im a girl i really want abs and i keep flexing and flexing and doing situps abs are kinda forming

  • brandon

    i did this so far i actuly lost an inch and a half of belly fat in a week it crazzy but it helps a lot

  • Gslex2

    I’m trying this out for the 4th day and I’m pretty much enjoying it.Not gonna lie-my abs do get tired,but it is exactly that what I like.Waiting for the abs to show though.
    Question:Do you have to walk around keeping abs tight,or do you just suck in your stomach a little so it isn’t “hanging out” at 100 percent?

    • MrJamaican

      Keep your abs tight.
      You’re not trying to suck your stomach in, what you’re trying to do is to contract the abdominal muscles. The way to do this is to pretend you’re doing crunches.

  • Ben5555

    I’ve been doing this for years, your story is almost Identical to mine. I though I was alone

  • Derek

    It works. It’s been a habit for me too. I’ve also had a similar situation: I was going to roar on the shore, but I didn’t have any shirts to wear. I decided to go without one. I flexed the whole time I was there to look better. The next day, my abs hurt badly, but looked amazing! You’ve gotta do it!

  • Derek

    How long does it take to get a six pack?

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  • Вихрен Костадинов

    I do not want to sound like a jerk but I have a six pack by just doing nothing.i do not workout like 5 days a week or so only doing a few muscle ups just for fun.And I am not one of those skinny boys who have abs because they are skinny as hell.I have big chest and back,arms also.My overall body looks is like the body of a friend of mine who is into the street workout stuff,not to mention that my quads and hams are miles before his,but my and his calves also ,suck.hard.I guess it is all genetics.