You don’t actually need abs that show.

Most men in America will go through their entire lives without ever having seen their abs, except maybe briefly one summer when they were 12. In fact, even many professional athletes don’t have abs their girlfriends can do laundry on. Few baseball pitchers, and no offensive linemen, see their abs when they suit up before a game.

But if you’re going to be fit, why not show it? For the average guy who’s in shape, getting abs isn’t that hard. It’s like taking an A- and turning it into an A+. Challenging, but hardly impossible.

Getting abs is a lot about diet, a little about exercise, and all about attitude. As a fitness model, trainer, and former natural bodybuilder, having defined abs has been part of my job description for the past decade, so I’ve learned to eat, train, and program my mind accordingly to keep them sharp. Below are 10 tips I’ve used that make the difference between regular and premium.