Six Pack Abs?
OK, let me start by reminding you that EVERYONE has “Six Pack Abs”! It is simply that not everyone can see theirs, as their six packs are covered by a layer of body fat. But something you may be wondering is how is it that some people seem to have more than six pack abs? Some actually have an eight pack? And why is that some people only seem to have a four pack?
Four Pack Abs?
Firstly, to address the question of why some people only have a four pack. The answer often is because those people are still carrying too much body fat. Usually they will have a gathering of bodyfat around the lower abdomen region, so that the lower two packs are “hidden”. However, if it were the case that someone was exceedingly lean but still only had a four pack, then it may that this is just being the genetic shape of their abdominal muscles.
As I have already established, the “six pack” consists of the abdominal muscles and everyone has these. However, not everyone’s abdominal muscles look or are shaped the same. Some people genetically will only have four packs, most notably Arnold Schwarzenegger. Others genetically will in fact have eight packs. This is simply the genetic shape and make up of their abdominal muscles. Others may in fact have uneven abs, and appear to have an odd number of abs like five or seven.
Some people may be in the situation where their body fat is low, but they still do not appear to have prominent abdominal muscles. This may be due to their abs being underdeveloped, although this is VERY rare. The remedy for underdeveloped abs would in fact be something I rarely EVER recommend to anyone, which is to actually do more sit ups and abs training! However, if someone was still unfortunate enough to not have visible ab muscles despite having low body fat, then it may simply be that they are unlucky to have genetically “flat” abdominal muscles. In which case there isn’t much you can do about that. A notable example of this would be Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He will never have prominent six pack abs due to his genetic makeup. But that doesn’t stop him from having a fantastic physique! (*Note: apparently The Rock sustained a wrestling injury in which he tore his abdominals, which certainly wouldn’t help!)
Lose That Body Fat!
The bottom line is that we cannot go changing the genetic shape of our muscles. Whether it is wishing we had more “peaked” rather than flat biceps. Or wanting more “square” rather than “round” shaped pecs. Or wishing our lats started from the waist making them look like bat wings rather than starting from just under the armpits (making them look smaller). The abs are no exception. You cannot change their shape. But you can certainly make do with what your parents gave you to create the best physique possible! So train those abs hard (along with every other body part) to make sure they are developed, but more importantly be sure to lose that body fat! Through your training and nutrition plan reveal those awesome abs……and who really cares what genetic shape your abs are…….an impressive physique is an impressive physique at the end of the day!