8 pack abs?
I thought 6 pack abs was great, how do I get an 8 pack? Well I hate to tell you that not everyone can get 8 pack abs, almost everyone can get a 6 pack, but an 8 pack is a little different, let me tell you why. Some people think that a 6 pack comes from hard work and 8 pack abs comes from even harder work, well that is partially true.
8 pack abs, it’s in the genes:
What makes someone have an 8 pack and someone else have a 6 pack is determined by their muscle structure and what is called the arcuate line. Ok let me give a watered-downed anatomy lesson of the abs. People know that the actual abs that you see are technically called the rectus abdominis muscle, but some of these other structures most people don’t know. The line down the middle of your abs is called the Linea alba, and when you look at someone who has great abs you’ll notice that it looks like the abs disappear around their navel or just below it. This place where the abs look like they disappear is called the arcuate line, this line and the physical shape of the rectus abdominis muscle (how many packs you have) determine if you have a 6 pack or an 8 pack. What happens at the arcuate line is that one of the 3 layers of connective tissue surrounding your abs (external oblique, internal oblique and transverses abdominis muscle) that lies behind the upper abs, now comes in front of the lower abs at the arcuate line (the transverses abdominis muscle connective tissue) and it blurs out the definition of the lower abs. So if you have another pack down here, you won’t be able to see them. What this all means is that it doesn’t matter how hard you work your abs, if you have a 6 pack you won’t be able to make it an 8 pack abs. It is the structure that you’re born with that determines if you have a 6 pack or an 8 pack abs.
8 pack abs, how do you know what you have?
How do you know if you have a 6 or an 8 pack abs? First you have to see them to know what you got. This is where the hard work part comes in. In order to see your abs you really only need two things, low body fat and the muscles. Sounds simple right, well if it was the case 6 and 8 pack abs would be the norm and everyone would have them! I have to be honest, my abs is the hardest part for me, and when I see them I know I’m getting into shape. I think that’s the case with most people. Of these two things, one or the other is tough for most people, some it’s the diet and others it’s the exercising, and very few have an easy time with both.
8 pack abs, what works the best to get them?
Ok, here is where my bias comes in; I’m going to tell you where I think you can get an 8 pack abs or a 6 pack set of abs. I like things to be easy and I don’t want to reinvent the wheel, let’s use what works for others and chances are they will work for you. So what do I think will work? A great exercise program, one that has a great diet program with it, and one that you will enjoy so you will stick with it and accomplish your goals. I personally like P90X and Les Mills Combat, these are what I’ve done and I know they work. P90X-2, Insanity, Turbo Fire, Rev Abs and the other Beachbody workouts will work you just as hard, maybe harder, and they will give you awesome results also. These programs are designed to work and they come with nutrition guides and diet plans, most have strength training to develop the muscles, cardio to burn the fat, and stretching to keep you flexible. You just have to choose which program you like, they are all a little different and they all specialize in a different area and work you differently. Part of my job as a Beachbody coach is to help you find the one that fits you best.
To get your 6 or 8 pack abs work hard on your exercising and your nutrition and they will show, pick a workout that you’ll enjoy and you’ll get great results. And like unwrapping a Christmas present, who knows what you’ll have… a 6 or an 8 pack abs, but they will be all yours and all because of your hard work. You will be among the very few people that won’t be afraid to show your abs at the beach.
Yours in health and the quest for abs,