Abs. Everyone wants them. But do they REALLY?
If you want visible abs you need to be roughly sub 12% body fat for men and sub 18% body fat for women. If you want to reach these body fat percentage levels then it is safe to say that you cannot get away with drinking alcohol, whilst trying to achieve that goal, which might take 6-12 months depending on your starting point REPEAT: You will be a teetotally whilst trying to get abs, not to mention eating a very strict diet. So if you aren’t willing to cut the daily beer or red wine and sharpen up your diet to an unsociable degree, then you don’t really want abs.
The keys to success with strength training, once you respect the principle of never hurting yourself, can be found in two major guiding principles. Progressive overload and consistency. You need to gradually but surely increase the challenge or your body will have nothing to adapt to and obviously if you aren’t consistent, then the results won’t be there either. Unfortunate factoid: You can’t store either fitness or strength. Hence the advice above. Don’t stop, once you start.