Check out my client khalid’s transformation where he put on a whole bunch of muscle
Yes, it is true that everyone watching this video already has abs no matter how much excess fat you have on your body.
But it’s also true that everyone has biceps and triceps and pecs. If you have excess fat on your body these muscles may be behind that layer of fat.
However, if you did not develop these muscles you’re not going to have great muscular looking biceps, triceps, pecs, or abs as well.
To get abs just like any other muscle in the body we have to build it and develop it.
One of the things that greatly helped me build and develop my abs was doing bulking phases.
Where I would eat enough calories for my whole body to grow and build muscle. I know sounds kind of counter-intuitive.
After my first year and a half of working out, I lost a bunch of fat from my body, just from being consistent and doing intense workouts.
However, I still had a long way to go as far as “seeing my abs.” Even though I could see my abs they had no 3-dimensional shape to them.
Just like any other muscle that you can see that isn’t quite fully developed.
So I feel like this is a very important point missed in building abs. It’s missed because people try to oversimplify it all over the internet to get you to buy their product.
You hear it all the time, all you gotta do is cut down your body fat and wallah you will have abs once you get below a certain body fat percentage.
They forget to mention that you also have to build the ab muscles just like any other muscle, and definitely don’t mention that everyone’s abs are shaped differently.
Let’s start with the first one how do you build the ab muscles? Well after you get your easy beginner gains, gains become a lot harder to come by without adhering to a goal specific nutrition plan.
So if you’re trying to build ab muscle you have to be eating in a way that will cause muscles in your body to bulk up.
I’ve already made a bulking diet video that you can find in the description and I’ll also include a link at the end of this video
While doing a clean bulking diet you should be hitting your abs no more than 2-3 days a week because abs need to recover to grow just like any other muscle.
Also, you should be using heavy weight training exercises to make your abs bulkier. Hmm big surprise, again just like every other muscle in the body.
You should be progressively increasing this weight over time. Once again like every other muscle in your body.
Great ab bulking exercises are Declined situps with a weight behind your head, SB crunches with a weight behind your head, bench,
or hanging leg raises with a weight between your feet, crunches with a weight pointed toward the ceiling.
Do you guys see where I’m going with this? We use heavy weight to increase the size of all our other muscles, but 100 crunches a day should be fine to get us abs.
Right? No obviously wrong. You have to use weight for your ab workouts. And don’t even bother using those weighted selectorized ab machines they’re a complete waste of time.
After you do at least a 6-8 week bulking phase you’re probably going to have to cut away some excess fat to see your abs.
So now you want to burn away fat from your belly to see what is now hopefully a bulkier set of abs.
You do that by creating a calorie deficit. I’ve already made a video about how to lose belly fat that I’ve included a link in the description for and will include a link at the end of this video as well.
One very important thing that I would like to mention is that everyone’s muscles are shaped differently.
Some people get awesome bicep peak, and some people just don’t get quite as good of a peak no matter how much peak training they do.
The same thing goes with abs. I’ve trained with people that have dieted harder than I have, and worked out with me just as hard as I did, and their abs didn’t look quite as defined as mine.
There are plenty of bodybuilders that had incredibly low body fat percentages but did not have an 8 pack.
Look at Arnold Schwarzenegger, his problem area was always his abs, he just hid it very well and knew how to manipulate the lighting to make himself look better.
Look at Steve Reeves. He is one of the best examples of someone with a low body fat percentage but very little ab definition.
Point is no one is naturally obese or even overweight and everyone can get their body fat percentage low enough to see their abs.
However, your abs may look completely different than somebody else’s abs. Look at Dexter Jackson,
Arnold would never in a million do enough weighted or unweighted crunches to look like Dexter Jackson’s six-pack.
Stop obsessing over a six-pack that looks a certain way. The point of this is to be in the best shape that you can be.
If you have a low body fat percentage with a flat stomach, but no eight pack what the big deal.
Do you really think that girls are going to not be able to keep their hands off of you if you have a six pack or do you think that that just might be a marketing ploy?
Besides I’m pretty sure Arnold got plenty of girls with his sub-par abs. And performance wise it’s been proven without a shadow of a doubt that somebody without a six pack can perform just as well if not better than somebody with a six-pack.
Look if you really want a six-pack. Go for it. It’s possible. Try to build it and develop with weights and then use nutrition to cut down to a low body fat percentage.
But understand that your six pack is always going to look at least slightly different from somebody else’s,
so you only should base your progress based on where you were before and where you are now.