The 6 Pack by 40 Path

My name is Brad Hutchison and I’m 39 years old. In 4 short months I will be turning 40 and, like most people about to journey over the hill, I’m not ready. To help with this transition, I have given myself the goal of building a killer set of 6 pack abs by the time I hit 40. This does not mean I plan on doing 500 sit-ups every day for the next four months. What it does mean is that a big gain in my overall fitness and health is the true goal, and the abs are the “trophy”. So, four months… how will I manage this? My plan is a combination of weight lifting, cardio and diet thrown into a strict weekly schedule. I’ll give you all the details, but first, thank you for stopping by. I’m hoping that I can provide motivation to those that may be in the same boat as me, but I’m also hoping in return, that I can also be motivated through accountability, and any comments you may leave me.

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Running: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:33:53

Amazing run today. From snow on The Tuesday run to a perfect 50 degrees today. #6packby40Activity: R...
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Running: Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:47:49

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Running: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:39:16

Nice 5k distance with a final push. Weather couldn't be better!Activity: RunningDistance: 3.13 miDur...
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Running: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:40:14

6 inches of snow? Who cares, let's run!Activity: RunningDistance: 3.04 miDuration: 00:30:07Average S...
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Running: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:15:57

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Weight Lifting

My goal of a 6 pack requires weight loss and muscle gain. In the past, my attempts at gaining muscle have proved to be pretty weak. I spend a month or two and workout sporadically, gaining some muscle and tone, but quickly losing it. Even in my best attempts, I seem to bulk slightly at the start, but quickly hit a plateau. The only time I have ever seen noticeable changes in my physique on a continual basis was when I tried using a personal trainer twice a week. This was cost prohibitive, and required a commitment of time that I couldn’t guarantee. I need a personal trainer that doesn’t cost thousands and also works on my schedule. Enter Cathe Friedrich. She is incredibly ripped, easy to listen to, and best of all, has put together a 3 month training program called STS, or the Shock Training System. This is not an advertisement for Cathe, but simply a shout out for a great program that I plan on using to reach my goals. Visit my weight lifting workout plan to get the details.


I have never liked cardio, but it’s really the only thing I have kept up with at all over the last few years. In fact, I was working as a real estate agent and my boss asked me if I was running the Bolder Boulder? It sounded like fun so I signed up. My time was terrible, but it gave me a taste of running for fun, sparking my desire to continue running 5k and 10k races, and training (if you can call it that) to constantly better my times. In the last two years, I have successfully completed two challenges I set for myself.

  1. Run a half marathon. In September of 2012, I ran the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Denver with a time of 2:25:03, beating my goal by nearly 5 minutes and amazingly without walking once!
  2. Run the Ragnar Relay. In September of 2013, me and 11 friends ran this 192 mile relay race from Breckenridge, CO to Snowmass, CO. My average minute per mile was around 8:30, way faster than my usual pace of 9:30. Racing really gets you motivated!

For the cardio aspect of this 6 pack by 40 challenge, I plan on running twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. Right now, I’m just getting back into it, so I’m going to try for at least 6 miles total per week. By July, I hope to have that up to 8-10 miles per week with the two runs. My additional cardio plan is to leave it open for one thing on the weekend. This may be biking, running, snowboarding (while I still can), or whatever I feel works. If possible, I will try and log all cardio in RunKeeper. All of my cardio plans and logs can be viewed on the Cardio Workout Plan page.


I’m really not sure about what to say in regards to diet. I’m making good decisions and I’m making bad decisions. This has always been my biggest struggle. One piece of it, is that I like to enjoy a good beer now and then. Alcohol plays some dirty tricks on people seeking 6 pack abs! I’m also drawn in by the yumminess and ease of fast food. Do I need to mention what that does to a belly?

Luckily, my wife and I have been trying the recipes from different diets for a few years now and we’ve found some pretty good ones. Some of these are from the Belly Fat Diet, some from Zumba, others from some random person online with a healthy idea. Recently we found a good motivational tool to help us with this dieting. We have an iPad that is now mounted in the kitchen and loaded the Paprika App. With this we can create a monthly meal schedule compiled with recipes we have added, and when it’s grocery time, we can simply print out the newest grocery list. Simple is the only solution for me when it comes to dieting. If it’s too complex, I’m out! Head over the the 6 Pack Diet Plan page for some recipes and motivation!

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