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Can everyone get a Six Pac?

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    Being reasonabley muscley i would expect to have a decent set of abs, (i'm not obsessed with getting them, i go to the gym because i enjoy it), i wouldn't mind having more visable ones just to impress my girlfriend a little since she likes em.
    I recently got my body fat measured and i have 9.7% (pretty low).
    I my abs arent ripped but simply a little bump there.
    Are ripped abs purely genetic or can every one get a really good, ripped set of them?
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    Work them out and they will grow.

    Genetics defines only shape and symmetry etc. They will most likely end up looking skinny and dumb, so many go for vanity in the gym and just look terrible but have tiny visible abs and think they've achieved something.
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    It's about body fat (less than 14-15%) and train your abs properly (e.g don't do a million crunches)
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    http://youtu.be/MjjGFx7-NqQ Video might help? In short, apparently not, some people get stuck with four, but can still look pretty ripped (info from a body building mate who was very frustrated by his lack of 6 pack until told not everyone gets one)
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    (Original post by DdotT)
    Being reasonabley muscley i would expect to have a decent set of abs, (i'm not obsessed with getting them, i go to the gym because i enjoy it), i wouldn't mind having more visable ones just to impress my girlfriend a little since she likes em.
    I recently got my body fat measured and i have 9.7% (pretty low).
    I my abs arent ripped but simply a little bump there.
    Are ripped abs purely genetic or can every one get a really good, ripped set of them?
    9.7% is pretty damn low tbh, anyone at that should definitely have visible abs, you're probably not actually at 10%, what bf test did you use? most of them are incredibly inaccurate
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    (Original post by DdotT)
    Being reasonabley muscley i would expect to have a decent set of abs, (i'm not obsessed with getting them, i go to the gym because i enjoy it), i wouldn't mind having more visable ones just to impress my girlfriend a little since she likes em.
    I recently got my body fat measured and i have 9.7% (pretty low).
    I my abs arent ripped but simply a little bump there.
    Are ripped abs purely genetic or can every one get a really good, ripped set of them?
    I used to take "body fat tests" at my local chemist. They used to take my height and weight into account and also give a reading of BMI and body fat %. I would get readings as low as 5%, but I only had very faint abs and no visible muscle whatsoever. The 5% was quoted because my weight was that low.

    I think those machines are just working off of averages.
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    Not everyone can. Some people have 8 packs, 5 packs, 4 packs. It's all down to genetics.
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    (Original post by mikestraws)
    Not everyone can. Some people have 8 packs, 5 packs, 4 packs. It's all down to genetics.
    This (not sure about 5 packs though, what would that look like?)

    Everyone can certainly get visible abs though, with enough muscle mass there and low enough bf%.
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    (Original post by sword)
    9.7% is pretty damn low tbh, anyone at that should definitely have visible abs, you're probably not actually at 10%, what bf test did you use? most of them are incredibly inaccurate
    i was put on one of those machines with handles you take off and hold and stand bare feet on. if its any consolation it was at a university research centre though doesn't elude from the fact it was a machine.
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    (Original post by AMorgan26)
    This (not sure about 5 packs though, what would that look like?)

    Everyone can certainly get visible abs though, with enough muscle mass there and low enough bf%.
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    See arnies top pack between his pec moobs, some people have that split, so theres 4 small abs then the big flat one at the bottom.
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    theres 2 types of abdominal muscle
    the outer ones give you a sixpac but no core strength, the inner ones dont give you definitiion but give you strength

    just find ways to work the outer ones and drink sh*tloads of protein shakes lol

    [and maybe upload a pic or 2 - before and after?]

    xx
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    (Original post by mikestraws)
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    See arnies top pack between his pec moobs, some people have that split, so theres 4 small abs then the big flat one at the bottom.
    Yeah I guess, I'd probably just call that a 4-pack though. Suppose Arnie might have a 3-pack then.

    (Original post by Sophiemaybabe)
    theres 2 types of abdominal muscle
    the outer ones give you a sixpac but no core strength, the inner ones dont give you definitiion but give you strength

    just find ways to work the outer ones and drink sh*tloads of protein shakes lol

    [and maybe upload a pic or 2 - before and after?]

    xx
    Lol where the **** do you idiots get this ****!?
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    (Original post by AMorgan26)
    Yeah I guess, I'd probably just call that a 4-pack though. Suppose Arnie might have a 3-pack then.



    Lol where the **** do you idiots get this ****!?
    i work in a gym... and i have a dance teacher whos all about health...
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    (Original post by Sophiemaybabe)
    i work in a gym... and i have a dance teacher whos all about health...
    Sounds dubious if this were true you would be better informed than what you posted (which is a load of nonsense)
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    (Original post by duharvalgt)
    Sounds dubious if this were true you would be better informed than what you posted (which is a load of nonsense)
    so you know everything about it then?
    whats your opinion then?
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    (Original post by Sophiemaybabe)
    so you know everything about it then?
    whats your opinion then?
    There are four main abdominal muscles, the rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, and external and internal obliques. The one generally referred to as your 'abs' is the rectus abdominis, the other three form what is generally referred to as your 'obliques'.

    The abs' main function is spinal flexion (bringing the chest towards the knees or vice versa) whereas the obliques' main functions are both spinal rotation and lateral flexion (twisting and bending sideways).

    A quick google search could have informed you of this, as it is not an opinion but a fact, whereas what you wrote is a load of utter bull****.
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    (Original post by Sophiemaybabe)
    so you know everything about it then?
    whats your opinion then?
    Nobody knows everything , I know a fair bit and have applied it to myself and it has worked. It was just strange that you gave advice like that out.
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    genetics determine everything, no not everyone can
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    (Original post by bertstare)
    genetics determine everything, no not everyone can
    Yes they can, shut up you troll.
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    (Original post by Sophiemaybabe)
    i work in a gym... and i have a dance teacher whos all about health...
    Lol neither of those things give credit to you bull**** that you slapped up on this forum.

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