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Q. What are the best exercises to help me develop a six-pack?

What are the best exercises to help me develop a six-pack? My diet isn’t perfect but I am a gym regular. Still, I can’t seem to change my mid-section.

For some the six pack seems to be the holy grail of fitness aims. I blame David Beckham! There is no magic formula for developing your abdominal muscles. They respond to the same stimuli as other muscle groups. So you need to do fat-burning exercise,  targeted exercises using weights and, most importantly you need to adopt a healthy diet with enough protein to help you build muscle. Muscles won’t show if they are covered with a layer of fat, so good diet is essential.

While many people are used to using weights to build arms, shoulders and legs, they tend to ditch them in favour of crunches and sit-ups when it comes to the abdomen. This is a mistake. Using weights will help you with your midriff – try kettlebell windmills, weighted twists and press sit-ups – holding a weight across your chest while performing a slow sit-up.