Recently in the fitness community there’s been a lot of people saying this, which can be quite misleading to people who’ve never seen their abdominal muscles before.
That’s just like saying everyone has bicep muscles or pec muscles or neck muscles or forearm muscles, etc.
We all have these muscles fibers in our bodies but is it true that we all have well sculpted and well defined 6 pack or 8 pack abs?
The saying – everyone has abs – usually comes from people that don’t believe in training or working out your abdominal muscles.
These are the same people who believe that if you do enough compound exercises; squats, deadlifts, bench press, overhead presses, etc., that those are enough to stimulate your ab muscles and get them defined and sexy looking.
That’s not the case, at least for many people.
The very first time I cut my calories to see what I had underneath all of the fat I was carrying, I was sorely disappointed.
I believed the people who said that everyone has abs.
That compound exercises was enough to get the 6 pack abs.
And when I got down and lost the fat from my stomach, I saw no abs.
I mean, I had a few lines, but they weren’t that visible and definitely not what I was hoping to see after 3 months of starving myself (I kid).
And I’m not the only one.
I’ve spoken with a few people who told me that they followed this type of protocol (not training abs directly) too and saw mediocre results.
So what should you do?
Should you believe that everyone has abs and not train them directly?
I say NO!
And train them hard!
If you’re trying to grow your ab muscles, just as if you were trying to grow your biceps or chest or legs, train them hard and heavy.
And yes, because they are stimulated to some degree from compound exercises such as squats and dead lifts, all you really need is 3-6 sets anywhere from 1-3 times a week.
That’s about it.
You don’t need to do 100 sit ups or 1,000 crunches.
That type of thing is more for endurance than actually getting that chiseled, well defined and well sculpted six pack abs.
When you’re building your ab muscles, to really be able to see them, you do have to diet down and remove the fat from your stomach.
So really there’s 2 phases:
The building phase – where you build the actual ab muscles up
The cutting phase – where you lose the extra fat you have on your stomach.
Don’t rely on just compound exercises to work your ab muscles.
Remember to build the abs of your dreams, work ’em out.
Don’t go for endurance where you’re doing 1,000 crunches.
But build it up, strengthen it by using extra resistance (weights).
And you’re practically guaranteed the abs of your dreams.
Because if you follow the – everyone has abs – crew, you might end up with no six pack at all when you lose the fat!