Is it possible to get six pack abs after 40 years old?

July 9, 2011 by  
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I just started a weight training program and would like to know if someone over the age of 40 can get six pack abs or is it too late due to inactivity and age? I have never had six pack abs and very rarely exercised in my life.


6 Responses to “Is it possible to get six pack abs after 40 years old?”
  1. barbie says:

    of course you do, keep it up

  2. says:

    Sure it is possible but very difficult especially without excercising previously. If you really want abs you have to combine weight training resistance for ab workouts along with cardio. Cardio is the key though because to get the layer of fat off the belly is more difficult to do than most of the rest of the body. If you combine the two you do have a chance though.

  3. urashatfocker says:

    It is very possible. I went tubing on a river here in OR with a bunch of my friends. We ran into a guy that was in better shape than any of us, and we are all health minded and in our 20’s. This guy had incredible muscle definition and he was 44! The most important part of gaining a six pack is your nutrition. I have very strong abs but not a lot of definition because there is a thin layer of fat over the muscles. I am working on this, but if you stick with it, you can get a six pack too. You’ll need to get your body fat % down to around 10% as well.

  4. We need more COPS !!! says:

    yes it is frisco
    i have my 46 yr-old brother-in-law as inspiration….I am working on mine…….the secret is getting your body fat way down, and I mean like 8-10%………dont expect to see them overnight either, give it time…….do lots of situps/crunches etc.

  5. gree c says:

    yes, why not, you can get 6 or 8 packs. train under proper fitness guru and he could help you:

    If you want to make your stomach flat, then you need to follow a proper exercise, diet schedule and get sufficient sleep. You need to get the right proteins, carbohydrates, fibers and vitamins daily in your diet. There is no magical formula to make the tummy flat; exercise and hard work is the only way to make your tummy flat.


    Intake Low carb diet·

    Do not consume foods high in sugar content·

    If possible do not eat junk food. If you need to eat junk food , consume less ·

    Eat low fat food and avoid fried foods·

    Drink fruit juices and plenty of water·

    Eat lots of green leafy vegetable and fruits

    Exercise: Jogging is the best exercise to start with. You need to jog for at least 20 minutes before you start doing the tummy exercises. Tummy crunch or sit ups is the best exercise for your stomach. Do the tummy crunch in different variations. The more the repetitions, the more strength for your tummy muscles. Swimming is also a good exercise for the whole body. Some yoga poses also help in strengthening the upper and lower part of the tummy and also increase the flexibility of the stomach muscles. Sleep: Sleep is a necessity for rest, relaxation and recuperation. You need to get a good sleep, to recharge your muscles after a workout. On an average an adult needs around 8 hours of sleep. If you rest for fewer hours, the risk of becoming overweight increases.

  6. enufwork says:

    It is more than just “possible.” Look forward to them. Here are some ideas to get you there.

    First, for all of the “quick and easy” weight loss diet pill suggestions, remember, if something sounds too good to be true… it probably is, particularly if you have to pay for it.

    On Yahoo!Answers I find certain questions being asked repeatedly which is simply a reflection of new people participating. A couple of common questions amount to “How do I lose weight,” or more specifically, “How do I lose abdominal fat?” I have gotten very positive responses from my answers when I paused to reply (and now beginning to get “It works!” emails that are very gratifying. I like helping people)… so have recently decided to put a good solid answer on my Yahoo!360 Blog (September 10) that I can point people to. These are my thoughts as a physician and athlete.

    Don’t target losing more than about 2 lbs per week. If you try to lose faster, your body will go into “starvation mode” and get very stingy about burning calories while at the same time very efficient about storing any calories that you do provide. And it will make you feel awful.

    There is no site specific way of losing fat… the old myth about working your abs to burn belly fat isn’t true. To get rid of love handles, you need to lose overall fat. That happens with exercise and watching your diet. More on that below.

    The most effective way to lose fat is aerobic exercise in the “moderate” fat-burning range, ideally first thing in the morning before you eat. When you wake your body is ready to burn fat and your levels of growth hormone are highest at that time. Later in the day it can take up to 30 minutes just to put your body into a fat-burning mode.

    Another overlooked way to burn fat is by lifting weights. Skeletal muscle has very high caloric needs… almost twice that of adipose (fat) tissue. Put on a little muscle and you will burn calories all day even at rest. Be aware that skeletal muscle weighs more, so with this approach you may see your weight increasing while your body fat is melting away. Not realizing this often stresses folks who think they should be losing weight as a measure of fitness. Forget the scale, look in the mirror and you will be happy.

    To lose a pound of fat, you need to eliminate about 3500 calories. You can do this by burning more with exercise or by modifying your diet to reduce intake. If you do a Google search on say, “swimming calories” you will quickly find a website with tables of calories burned for a given exercise. You can use such lists to estimate how many calories you are burning up with your routine.

    For diet, keep a diary for a couple of weeks counting calories, grams of protein, and grams of fat intake. It is easy with online sources of nutritional information (type the name of the food and calories into the Google search engine) and packaging labels. That will let you quickly figure out where the fat is coming from in your diet.

    Fat gives you 9 calories per gram. So take the number of grams of fat, multiply by 9, then calculate what percentage the fat calories are of your total daily calories. Restricting the calories from fat to about 20% of your total intake is ideal for a maintenance diet… that isn’t overly restrictive. Of note, you need some fat in your diet. For instance, the body uses fat to produce hormones. Once you have a picture of how to modify your diet, you can drop the diary and just go back to it occasionally if you are wanting to tweek things further.

    There is a subset of questions that goes further and asks about “How to get a six-pack?” The answer is the same. Six-packs are 20% abdominal exercise and 80% diet. There is one caveat… abdominal muscles will form in the position that you work them, so be certain to pull them tightly toward your spine while doing crunches, etc. Also, during most lifting, the “core is active” which means that you should be stabilizing with contracted abs then too. Fail to do this and the abs will form, but bulging outward and the result is not attractive.

    If you are trying to build muscle as a way to lose fat, then you may need to increase total calories and specifically your protein intake. I target about 0.8 g of protein per pound of body weight each day when actively building. That is far more protein than most people need in their diets.


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