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Andrea Simulus Flaunts 6-Pack and Reveals 5 Reasons Why You Don't Have One Yet

You might be making a few common mistakes.
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Have you been doing a lot of ab work and still don't have a coveted 6-pack? If the answer is yes, there are a handful of explanations as to why you aren't achieving a chiseled midsection. Andrea Simulus is a 42-year-old Body Composition Coach and social media influencer who is "building" her "goal body" with low-impact strength. In a recent Instagram post, she revealed five mistakes you might be making that are getting in the way of your goals.

You Aren't Adding Angles or Weights


Reason number one: "You aren't adding angles or weights to build more size," says Simulus. "Abs grow like any other muscle."

Your Loose Skin Discourages You From Doing Ab Work


The second reason is that "you're discouraged by loose skin after babies and don't work abs," she maintains. "Any amount of strength will make your stomach look better regardless. I've had 4 babies.. I have stretchy skin and it's ok!"

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You Are Waiting to Lose More Baby Fat


Number three is, "You keep waiting to lose more body fat," she says. "It takes time to grow abs – do them now."

You Aren't Doing the Right Ab  Work


You might be doing the wrong exercises, according to Andrea. "You think static planks and core stability moves build a six pack. Motions that draw your lower abs to your chest or your upper abs to your knees in a folding motion builds abs – look for those motions," she says.

You Aren't Consistent


The final reason? "You don't stay consistent," she maintains. "For most of you it takes much longer than 7 weeks… It took me 2 years to build a six pack large enough to see without calorie restriction. 2 YEARS of 3-4x per week working abs.I wanted them and I hung in there till I got them."

Try Using a Bosu Ball


In another post, she recommends using a Bosu ball when doing ab work. "Bosu not only makes them spine friendly, but perfect for building strength and improving core stability," she writes. "Notice how my hips are angled inward and my core 'tucked' or held tight. This is the key to more strength because you are keeping your core under constant tension the entire rep range!"

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And, Ditch Processed Foods


In another video, she explains that ditching processed food is also key to building lean muscle, like abs. "Burning fat is essentially eating fewer calories than you burn. However, if you start skipping meals, start eating processed carbohydrates that spike your blood sugar, what's going to happen is you're going to get those intense cravings, you're going to have dips in your energy levels," she says. "It'll be much harder to reach your weight goals. So instead, you need to eat more frequent meals, skip the white rice, processed bread, processed products, and add more high fiber nutrients."

💪🔥Body Booster: If you want a six-pack, you need to do more ab work than just crunches and planks. Try exercises that also work your obliques and lower abs.


Leah Groth
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