We all want a shredded six pack. When you pull your shirt off over your head at the beach, we want people to pause and glance at us out of the corner of their eyes as they admire our washboard stomach. But how does one go about achieving such a goal? It’s become clear that just doing a hundred crunches each morning won’t get you there. So what is the best, most intelligent and fail proof method to getting those abs to pop?

If you were to ask Brett Hoebel, creator of the Rev Abs and the latest coach on The Biggest Loser, he would give you a complex and convincing answer. The trick lies in doing three things simultaneously. The first is losing the fat that covers your muscles and prevents them from being seen. Toward that end you need to step up your cardio game. The second lies in doing resistance training to help build your overall musculature, and while the third lies in doing a complex series of ab exercises that target your core from all angles, not just the front. If you work the obliques, the upper and lower abs, if you do planks and even strengthen the back, then you’ll be getting in business.

Or you could go the Insanity Workout way as designed by trainer Shaun T. His premise is that by doing insane amounts of high energy interval training you will naturally develop crazy abs which will show as the fat melts off you. By doing a punishing mixture of calisthenics, plyometrics, cardio, sports drills and more, you will over the course of two months burn off tons of weight while strengthening your core beyond belief. Insanity is billed as an incredibly intense advanced and extreme workout, so if you can hang in there and complete the program, the odds are that you’ll be set!

So there you go. The trick lies in burning off the fat that already covers your body, hiding those abs, and most people say that if you can get down to 8% body fat you’ll start to show them off. Simultaneously you need to workout hard, you need to do a lot of varied core work in order to really shred you center, and then you’ll be in business!