If you want to develop a serious set of ripped abs, the first thing you need is commitment. Just about everybody wants to look good in the mirror, as well as to others. However, few are willing to do what it takes to reach the goal.

Right up until you commit, it’s merely a good idea. Once you cross the line, though, there’s a lot to do. You need to figure out where you will exercise, what equipment to purchase, if any, and find yourself a workout partner if it helps you stay strong.

Step two is to make yourself a good, solid abdominal workout plan. You’ll probably want to assemble a team of experts. Consider including a nutritionist and a personal trainer. Massage therapists and chiropractors are particularly attuned to the mind-body connection and are invaluable when it comes to dealing with aches and pains that are the result of misalignment and strained muscles.

Step three is to develop an exercise schedule, remembering to schedule days off. For example, if you’re busy working on ripped abs, schedule them for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, schedule workouts for different muscle groups.

Step four is to evaluate your diet. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to “go on a diet.” What it does mean is that you need to take an objective look at every single thing you put in your mouth. Only put things in your body if they support your Master Ab Plan. Then weigh yourself once a week and expect to start seeing signs of those ripped abs peeking through.