Is A Six Pack Worth It?

Hi Davey,

I’ve tried to get a six pack but it hasn’t worked and I can’t imagine putting more time into it than I already have. I honestly have to ask, is having a six pack really worth it? Why torture yourself over something superficial when there’s so many other more meaningful things worth doing in life?


caio-cesar-0402Hey Audrey,

Well, I think your email and question will strike a chord with many, many people. Indeed, for a lot of people, the energy and effort required to carve out a chiseled six pack might not be worth it. It’s a question all of us must ask ourselves and answer honestly.

But consider this.

I grew up overweight. Being a fat kid isn’t easy. The name calling and teasing was relentless - and it took a toll. By middle school, I starved myself and became dangerously thin. The ups and downs slowly leveled out in my teenage years; I slowly began the process of healing my relationship with my body. It’s still an ongoing journey, but I’ve learned so much from the experience and have come to realize my own strength.

It reminds me of a quote that I once came across: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” And it’s a quote that’s very much applicable to the pursuit of a six pack.

Getting a six pack is a huge challenge. It requires changing the way you eat. It requires spending time engaged in exercise. In many ways, it can be a change in lifestyle for most people. And while the achievement of that goal is innately superficial, the process by which it is accomplished is full of very real and important lessons.

Moreover, I’ve never found it to be torture. Fueling your body with delicious and nourishing foods isn’t torture. Honoring your body with movement through exercise isn’t torture. Going to bed at night and sleeping well isn’t a torture. All of these things, in my opinion, are gifts. Sure, they all require energy and effort. But they also dramatically improve the way you look and feel.

There’s something to be said for dreaming it, wishing it and then doing it. Yes, getting a six pack is difficult. But life’s not about limiting your challenges. It’s about challenging your limits.


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  1. I feel I would be somewhere in between both of you. I eat, sleep, and exercise well. Yes, I could double down on my exercises and possibly carve out that 6 pack. But I am not a huge fan of cardio, and even with that, I am far from overweight- most tell me to eat more. Actually, I am trying to put on weight- muscle weight albeit. So I commend those who can do it, and I would be happy if I was so ripped, yet I am no less content that I am as healthy as I am even without a 6 pack.

  2. Hey Davey! I’ve been a huge fan for a long time! I’m a cyclist (I used to be a fat kid, too… similar story) and was wondering what sort of advice you might have for cyclists looking to sculpt a six pack. I’m very lean, so I know there’s not much to lose in the area. I eat a well-planned, mostly vegan diet and use nutritional supplements, but I’m just not seeing the tone that I’d like to in the abdominal region. I’m 27 years old, super healthy, etc. ….. Help!

  3. Drinking wine isn’t torture either. I’m happy with my 4-pack lol

  4. I think Davey Wavey does the letter writer a huge disservice by not mentioning that for a huge chunk of the population, Six-pack Abs are simply genetically NOT POSSIBLE!
    I just don’t get why so many “fitness experts” fail to mention the genetic component of fitness. Certain body types are set in stone and you have a limit what you can do. Biologists get it—why can’t fitness gurus understand it?
    For some people, six pack abs will NEVER happen! It’s just a fact of life.
    But society lately has gotten this crazy idea that for a man to be sexy, he HAS to be ripped and have a perfect sixpack. It’s ridiculous.
    Eat right, excercise, and life healthy, YES! But to expect that ALL people can get the same unattainable “idealized” six-pack abs? IMPOSSIBLE

  5. “challenging your limits”. It’s all.
    6 pack is consequence.

  6. You are so cool! I don’t believe I’ve read something like that before. So wonderful to find another person with original thoughts on this topic. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is something that is required on the web, someone with a bit of originality!