Hmmmm, some say, the fat over your muscle is what obscures them from view so the fantasy six pack we all dream about really exist, but is hidden.
I'm inclined to agree with the latter group that says, just like any muscle, the abs must be built to be seen. I second that notion because I was never fat, before I started lifting I had no abs at all and no fat hardly on me, I was sixteen and a slender lil devil.
However, my abs were built way before I even touched a weight because my mother made me (thanks mom) do serious yard work without the aid of anything electric. We had a huge yard and she made me keep it beautified with just a rake, a shovel, and an old hoe to keep me.
After you've swung a hoe a couple times, you'll find that your whole body burns. But for me, I had the most intense burning in my abs.
I also know that the bending over and picking up of heavy bags of leaves and grass I had to do built up my back and abs. So, long story short, by the time I turned twenty and stepped into a gym, I stepped in with a completely ripped back and abs.
Guess the one thing you can take from me is, I don't believe in gym bodies. I think it starts in your life: at your house, in your yard, on your car...just work. The only reason I go to a gym anyway is just to preen and add to my fan club. Ripped abs and bulging biceps start at home.
The good news, I had abs within less than six months after I started swingin that hoe.