16 Women Reveal Exactly How They Got Six-Pack Abs

Work out on an empty stomach

Neda Varbanova of Healthy with Nedi

Courtesy Neda Varbanova“Always work out on an empty stomach—it burns calories and stored fat. Many people make the mistake of having a banana—which can be equivalent to two slices of bread—before going to the gym and don’t understand why they are not losing weight. Your body is going to burn that banana first before it starts to burn any body fat. But by the time you’re done burning off the banana, you are out of the gym!” Neda Varbanova, 28, founder of Healthy with Nedi. 

Try CrossFit

April Kaminski

Courtesy Shaun Cleary/Chris Caridi“I’ll stray from using the cliche ‘abs are made in the kitchen.’ But you can easily go from two upper abs to four or six based on what you’re eating! That said, CrossFit has been key for me. We never or rarely do traditional ab exercises. Instead, the core is developed through barbell movements, gymnastics, and conditioning workouts. Folks shouldn’t be relying on the old bicycles anymore.” —April Kaminski, 36, customer service manager. Find out the 8 myths you need to stop believing for you to get abs.

Work your body from several angles

Katie Graham

Courtesy Katie Graham“I’ve learned the hard way that being just a cardio queen wasn’t going to give me the six-pack abs I was looking for. I didn’t start to see my abs until I blended what I call the ‘trifecta’—spin for cardio, barre for toning, and TRX for strength training and core. The combination of working the muscles in all these different ways is where you really start to see the definition—after all, you’re working several angles! I also find it important to nurture my bones and joints with a collagen protein powder like Bulletproof Collagen Protein.”—Katie Graham, 27, co-founder and instructor at RIDE

Try low impact workouts

Our best ab results have come from low impact, lengthening workouts: think pilates, gliders + light weights. The other thing to keep in mind is that you can put in a TON of work in the gym and not see the results of your hard work if you're not eating a healthy, balanced diet, too. Our selects: lots of greens, lean proteins, healthy fats and the right carbohydrates to keep us energized.

Courtesy Sweats & The City“Our best ab results have come from low impact, lengthening workouts: Think Pilates, gliders, and light weights. The other thing to keep in mind is that you can put in a ton of work in the gym and not see the results if you’re not eating a healthy, balanced diet. Our selects: lots of greens, lean proteins, healthy fats, and the right carbohydrates to keep us energized.” —Dale Borchiver, 27 and Elizabeth Endres, 25, founders of Sweats and The City. 

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