646 – 6 months for a six-pack

646 – 6 months for a six-pack

Yeah, you’ve got it right! One of my main goals for 2015 is to get those perfectly shaped, nicely toned abs. I’ve set the goal for July 1st this year, exactly 6 months after starting the New Year. I figured the ratio seems reasonable: one pack per month :)) So, let me explain how things stand: I work out (yes, I’m sexy and I know it!! :)) but somehow, regardless of how much I work out and how disciplined I am with my diet (except my cheat munchies here and there), I’ve never got to having those killer abs, those nicely shaped, amazingly toned six pack.

It might not strike you as surprising, but I am one of those women checking out other men and women when on holidays by the beach. And believe me I don’t do it to get inspired by the amount of tan, but by the ‘amount’ of packs :))

Picture this: I’ve always been pretty active and I love sports and physical exercise. As a child I did fencing – en garde!!! – and ballet. For the last 2 and a half years I’ve taken sports more seriously. I started exercising twice a week, very rigorously training with Ash – who’s been amazing getting me in shape – doing crossfit and weight lifting some massive kilos, while having tons of fun. After a year of training together Ash left to Brazil and more recently to Canada to pursue his career there. I resumed my cross fit and weight lifting with Rick from VondelFysio and we’re currently training at Vondelgym Amsterdam. Since April 2013, I play tennis once a week at Frans Otten Stadium.

My weekly exercise routine looks like this:

Tennis: 1 x week

Cross fit and weight lifting: 2 x week training

Home ab exercises: 2 x week on the days I do not do any of the above – I follow a routine of 10 abs exercises that take a bit under 30 minutes

Yoga: Some weeks, I might switch one of the home ab exercises with a Hot Flow at Absolute Yoga

Rest – I plan to organise the weeks making sure I rest 2 out of 7 days

The future’s bright, that’s for sure and it has 6 written all over it :)) I will keep you posted on the progress via About Beautiful and my Instagram account (#aboutbeautiful #646). I plan to update you with my training exercises, my eating habits and my progress. In case any of you get inspired to start this journey with me, please let me know, as I’d love us to share tips & tricks! I’m in the learning curve myself. Also, if you have any suggestions or success stories, don’t hesitate to share them with me!

Yours truly, the six-packer in the making,




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  1. Elena

    Manu, what a Great inspiring article!
    Six-pack is my vision for quite a while already, never accomplished though :))
    I’m sharing a goal by July 1st, it is achievable ))
    Looking forward for tips ;)
    Let’s do it, girl! ))

    • aboutbeautiful4

      Super! I’m very happy you and other friends have decided to start this challenge with me! I’m 100% sure we will achieve it with self-discipline and some ambition.
      We’ll be rocking some killer abs this summer! :)

  2. Diana

    Manuela, nice challenge! I tried a bit during the last year but did not get those “killer abs”. I also had a parallel challenge of no cellulite (because I love the Brazilian strings on empty beaches).
    The most difficult part from my point of view is having good eating habits.
    For sports, I did TRX, some weight lifting, some swimming/water sports.
    For cellulite (which is not much but it’s not the same as being 23..), there were also massages and I tried to drink more water.
    At some point, I had a shoulder issue and cancelled my sport subscription.
    I am getting back in the “challenge” on the 1st of March.
    Cheers and good luck so far !

  3. aboutbeautiful4

    Awesome! Looks like you really went for it last year! Swimming btw is always good. I heard that you burn quite a lot of fat because, except the physical exercise, your body works harder to adapt body temperature – since water is cold. I’m super happy you got inspired and I will be sharing some tips along the way – from the ones I see work! I’ll be messaging you on March 1st to wish you Good luck! (Hope the shoulder is better now tough)

  4. aboutbeautiful4

    Thanks!!! my kind of comment for a Sunday afternoon ;) I’m happy you found what you were searching for on our blog :) Feels like: mission accomplished!!

  5. About Beautiful

    Awesome! Always exciting to read positive reviews that give us just the extra boost to keep it up! Thanks a lot for the feedback and don’t hesitate to let us know your opinions on the blog posts to come! Enjoy your day!

  6. Katie Higashida

    Good blog post.Thank you with regard to producing this unique informative content and enlightening us with the perspectives.I really hope you are going to proceed this specific great work at a later date also.

  7. About Beautiful

    Hi Katie,
    Thanks a lot for your positive feedback! I’m happy you appreciate the content… and also that it’s inspiring. I’m still working on it! Have a lovely, sporty and healthy day, Manu

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