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Can everyone get six pack abs?

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    QUOTE May 26, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    I keep hearing that so much of it is genetic, even if you lower your fat level really really low. Does anyone know anyone or can post a picture of what someone looks like who has really low body fat but doesn't have a six pack? Just wondering what's the best I can do if I just don't have the genes ...
  • InsatiableBlo... Posts: 423
    QUOTE May 27, 2009 12:15 AM GMT
    Ive seen some bloated short guys that manage to get a six pack so yeah I guess.
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    QUOTE May 27, 2009 1:00 AM GMT
    Not everyone has musculature that allows "6 packs."

    Study up on anatomy for more.
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    QUOTE May 27, 2009 1:18 AM GMT
    I don't think everyone can get them - I've had no luck! Even at my thinnest, 187 lbs (which is scary thin at my height!) I didn't have visible abs unless I really flexed - and even then they were like a two pack, not six! When I was like 195lbs with strong abs, still no six pack...

    For me, my stomach gets more concave and my ribs more pronounced, despite having good core strength. The only way I could imagine my body having a 6 pack is if I could do crunches with truck parked on my chest.
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    QUOTE May 27, 2009 3:30 AM GMT
    The abs are a muscle like any other. If there's fat surrounding the muscle you won't see the definition so you have to burn the fat off as well as strengthen them as you would any other muscle which includes several exercises hitting the midsection from different areas and angles. If someone's naturally thin, but doesn't do strengthening to the region you're probably not going to see any definition. Just doing loads and loads of the same exercise isn't going to cut it.

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    QUOTE May 27, 2009 3:55 AM GMT
    From personal experience: After intense starvation, my abs looked fantastic! But this was before I discovered Oreo-flavored ice cream. icon_biggrin.gif
    Because of my shitty body-type, I don't think that I could have achieved that with a healthy lifestyle - sucks but true.

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    QUOTE May 27, 2009 4:10 AM GMT
    If I can get some abs showing anybody can.
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    QUOTE May 27, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    Nothing is true for everyone.

    For most it's just a question of eliminating the fat covering them, which takes only a little to obscure even impressive abs. I think for most people, if there's no fat at all (which is not as common as we'd like), just some crunching would do, or even natural abs might look great.

    Trouble is, that's the place where men gain excess weight first, and lose it last, and the last pound is always the hardest. And for those blessed with no excess weight at all, in many cases it may be because they're hard-gainers, meaning it's just as hard to build up their muscle as to gain fat, so they might not get abs to show much either.

    You might as well go for it though. If you find some kind of expert on this, he'd still want to know what kinds of workout you've already tried and what results you got before he can make a guess as to what's possible.
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    QUOTE May 27, 2009 4:32 AM GMT
    From looking at your before & after RJ photo, i think you could definitely get a 6 pack. I'm not quite there, but I'm getting close. I think the trick is doing situps every day, & pushing yourself even when you feel the burning feeling.
    I think if you do situps 5-6x a week (morning & evening, 250min.+ situps ea time w/various ab exercises using a mat) & push yourself, you could probably see a six pack within a couple of months. I've got a mat at home which makes doing the exercise convenient. As far as food goes, just try your best to have a healthy diet. I'm at 6.2% bodyfat, on the edge of 5.2% bodyfat. I was told by a personal trainer that you need to be at 5-6% body fat to see a six pack. Try doing a body fat test at your gym, it's usually free. I'd recommend doing the caliper test, it's pretty accurate. They usually test you in 3 areas, your leg, stomach & chest. Just ask them what measurement you have to be at in your stomach to have a six pack. Then just every couple of weeks check in to see where you're at, that's what I do. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or if you need some motivation. I actually have a workout buddy group online where a bunch of guys & I motivate/help each other to reach our fitness goals & keep them. If interested, just go to twitter.com, get a free a/c & follow sabsinla. Good Luck!
  • TexanMan82 Posts: 893
    QUOTE May 27, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
    Always remember that abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym.
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    QUOTE May 27, 2009 3:32 PM GMT
    Something I'm learning on this front is that working out the obliques can help define the abs. They get overlooked a lot of times, but work them out consistently and I think you'll see some good results.

    And more to the point of the OP: to directly answer that question, there's only one way for you to find out for sure. Do the work and see what happens.

    Good luck!
  • gymguy81 Posts: 452
    QUOTE May 27, 2009 3:37 PM GMT
    yes any one can get a 6 pack it depends on how hard u work on it
  • TexanMan82 Posts: 893
    QUOTE May 27, 2009 5:45 PM GMT
    Momentum_Play saidSomething I'm learning on this front is that working out the obliques can help define the abs. They get overlooked a lot of times, but work them out consistently and I think you'll see some good results.

    And more to the point of the OP: to directly answer that question, there's only one way for you to find out for sure. Do the work and see what happens.

    Good luck!


    Avoid weighted oblique work. Obliques are a fast growing muscle and you can easily end up with a thick looking waist as a result of big obliques.
  • QuietontheWes... Posts: 1486
    QUOTE May 28, 2009 8:11 AM GMT
    I think it depends on how literally you mean six-pack. I think most everyone can get ab definition that will show. But the abs appear differently on different people. Some people can have great abs, but they'll appear as, say, a four-pack rather than a six-pack. I don't think that means the person doesn't have low enough bodyfat or has failed to work his abs sufficiently.
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    QUOTE May 28, 2009 9:21 AM GMT
    I have never had a visible 6 pack and I most likely never will because of my body type and I am not going to kill myself to get a set either. My primary concern is the percentage of visceral fat there surrounding my organ. A flat, healthy stomach is my goal and that will be good enough for me.
  • TallGWMvballe... Posts: 1925
    QUOTE May 28, 2009 5:20 PM GMT
    dr_jackl,

    You are right... much of your basic musculature is determined by genetics.
    You have MUCH to be proud of and you look really great!
    Your body is healthy with low body fat percentage and good definition.
    Because of your particular muscle/bones and somatotype, showing an actual six pack abs would require really working hard and fighting what is your natural
    body.

    You should be VERY proud of how you look now.
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    QUOTE Jun 01, 2009 3:56 PM GMT
    Thanks to everyone who replied. Based on the variety of responses, it seems there's a lot of interpretation to what my question "Can everyone get six pack abs?" means. It can mean:
    - on the extreme end: "Can everyone get a solid 8-pack that you can rest your pinky in the crevices?" or
    - on the basic end (which is what I meant): "Can everyone get any sort of visible definition where there are noticeable lines of a 4-pack?"

    I'm wondering if people who are saying "no," are only saying "no" to the first question, and if not, what do they look like when they're body fat is really low.

    The people saying "yes," as I've heard time and again say to do core exercises and most importantly, watch nutrition, which I've been very diligent about and have had great success with. So I'm continuing with that.

    Finally, a personal response to GWM. I appreciate the compliments and the pep talk icon_smile.gif. However, I'm really not sure about the argument of being "natural" because I don't think the state of my body now is what my natural state would be. My natural state would have my body with a little bit of pudge because I really enjoy good food that's not necessarily optimal for the functioning needs of my body. I look great now, and if I make an effort to change my lifestyle as I have been, this can be very natural. But what's not to say adding some washboard abs can't be natural as well?
  • MikemikeMike Posts: 6330
    QUOTE Jun 02, 2009 4:50 AM GMT
    The majority of men can get six pack abs, but the shape and size can have alot to do with genetics, and like one poster added it what you eat that is the most important. Yes there are men like slaton7 who can eat junkfood and have great abs-ah youth!!
  • MuchMoreThanM... Posts: 21395
    QUOTE Jun 02, 2009 1:58 PM GMT
    I could never get a six pack. Know why? Cuz I have an 8 pack. That's right bitches, I'm different. icon_smile.gif

    Right now you can't see them. I'm currently protecting their visibility with a thicker than normal skin. But I'll show them off someday. icon_razz.gif
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    QUOTE Jun 02, 2009 2:25 PM GMT
    I used to base my fitness on the visibility of my abs... and while it still is true, somewhat, as that is usually the last place I drop the padding (as it is for everyone, because having fat there it to insulate at protect vital organs) I'm not as hung up on them as I was.... cause I'm a naturally thick guy. I will get "ripped" somewhat when I lean out. I'm just fine with a solid strong stomach without the definition if I am bulking or getting bigger.
  • Webster666 Posts: 8901
    QUOTE Jun 18, 2009 1:30 AM GMT
    From my own experience, I say that no, not everyone can get 6-pack abs. I may be wrong. But, I've worked out for more than 20 years, started out thin, and did every sit-up, crunch, and other exercise in the book, and never could get much of a 6-pack, at all.
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    QUOTE Jun 18, 2009 1:40 AM GMT
    i can get a 2 pack. ha!

    dont sweat it.
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    QUOTE Jun 26, 2009 9:19 PM GMT
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  • Anto Posts: 2035
    QUOTE Jun 26, 2009 10:59 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidFrom my own experience, I say that no, not everyone can get 6-pack abs. I may be wrong. But, I've worked out for more than 20 years, started out thin, and did every sit-up, crunch, and other exercise in the book, and never could get much of a 6-pack, at all.


    I agree. From my experience as well as what I've observed in other guys in sports growing up, it really does seem like ultimately it's a matter of genetics and just how a person's metabolism is, how a person's body stores fat, body type, etc. People can do things to manipulate what they've been given but it has limits.

    I know some guys that are really lean and they haven't done anything to be that way and then other guys who obviously do and they aren't like that. Or guys living similar lifestyles but their bodies just aren't the same, like one lean and the other so-so.


    You can see it in pictures of guys online, even amongst various lean guys, like their muscle structure is just different from person to person; small banded abs, huge ones that stick out easily, some that are symmetrical, others that are uneven, more subdued, etc.

    It's like how some guys have really pronounced v-shaped muscles on their hips and others don't. You can tell that for some guys, it's just how their body is and that it's not so for others.
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    QUOTE Jun 26, 2009 11:05 PM GMT
    yeah..anybody can have abs but its not always 6 and symmetrical