I’m not talking about sprinting to the refrigerator for six cold, refreshing bottles. I’m talking about the development of your midsection. The biggest determining factor in whether or not you have a six pack, or even a two or four pack, is not what or how many ab exercises you’re doing. It’s your body fat percentage. Sorry, but if you’re carrying around 20-30% body fat, no amount of ab exercises is going define that stomach area. In most cases you’re going to have to be closer to 10-15% body fat. And what type of training do you think is going to get you closer to these numbers? Performing side bends and sit ups? Or squatting, deadlifting and sprinting? This second group of exercises is going to provide a larger calorie expenditure and a greater disturbance to your metabolism. Creating a larger calorie expenditure and a boost in your metabolic rate are two key components to lowering your body fat percentage. I’m not saying to skip out on your ab work, because strength in your core area is important. I’m just saying if it’s the six pack you’re after, get that body fat percentage down.