Best sports for building six-pack abs


Are you tired of boring sit-ups or planks trying to create phenomenal six-pack abdominals? If yes, then it’s time to find a sport engaging your core muscles and say (almost) goodbye to traditional ab workouts. 

Finding the right sport to pinpoint the muscles and stabilizing your abs is key. Bicycling doesn’t do it. Neither does simply running for miles. They can help burn off excess fat, but to really engage your oliques, rectus abdominus, and transverse muscles requires certain moves only certain sports provide. 

Ideally, to tone your abs into the six-pack you’ve dreamed about, you should include some form of a cardio workout, elevating your heart rate. It also requires a consistent frequency of playing the sport, along with a healthy diet, to see the best results.  

So, here is a listing of the best sports to consider for building the abs you always wanted:

  • Kayaking

Spending time floating in a kayak may look easy, but don’t let it fool you. Whether kayaking in a lake or ocean takes rotational movements demanding strong core muscles as it challenges your oblique’s. In addition, powerful paddling helps build the abs along with your back, chest, and shoulders. Twists and turns you make when kayaking or simply maintaining balance in rushing water will result in amazingly in-shape abs to be proud of.

  • Swimming

Love to swim? Then this may be your exercise for building strong core muscles. When you swim, it requires you to contract your abs.  Strong abdominals help you maintain a streamlined movement through the water guiding as an anchor so you can kick stronger and rotate your body with each arm stroke. Swimming consistently exercises core muscles aiding in overall stability and body control. Just like your hips and lower back are engaged when swimming, so are your core muscles. 

  • Volleyball

Have you ever seen a professional volleyball player with sagging abdominals? Neither have I. One of the most demanding sports requiring strength, speed, and agility is volleyball. From spiking, digging, and blocking a volleyball, this sport will work your core like no other. In order to hit or spike a volleyball in mid-flight, a strong core and abdominal muscles are a must. Play it frequently, and your abs will look like a six-pack in no time. Sdfsfd

  • Gymnastics

Here is another ideal sport for building the ultimate abdominals.  Amateur or Olympic caliber gymnasts have abs of steel from the workouts that build impressive abdominal strength and are great for overall balance. When your core muscles are solid and strong, this enhances stability and overall strength for performing leaps and balance moves required for gymnastics. 

  • Soccer

Some of the best-looking six-pack abs are seen on soccer players. It’s no wonder – soccer is a full-body sport involving a lot of running with many twists and turns while chasing the ball, helping burn belly fat, and developing strong core muscles. It’s estimated that playing a full game of soccer is equivalent to running 7-10 miles a game. Playing soccer with that kind of stamina and strength, it’s easy to see why soccer players create good-looking abs quickly. 


Dr. David Samadi is the Director of Men’s Health and Urologic Oncology at St. Francis Hospital in Long Island. He’s a renowned and highly successful board certified Urologic Oncologist Expert and Robotic Surgeon in New York City, regarded as one of the leading prostate surgeons in the U.S., with a vast expertise in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy.  Dr. Samadi is a medical contributor to NewsMax TV and is also the author of The Ultimate MANual, Dr. Samadi’s Guide to Men’s Health and Wellness, available online both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit Dr. Samadi’s websites at robotic oncology and prostate cancer 911. 

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