Everybody has “abs” - yes, everybody. But what form they take and how much they “show” is unique to everybody, and depends on a lot of different factors.
Your body fat percentage will play a role in the visibility of your abs. They’re there, it might just be that they’re covered under a few layers of fat. To lose body fat, you need to be in a Calorie Deficit, so if fat loss is your goal, I’d aim for this. Make it sustainable, achievable and remember that food is FUEL.
The appearance (mostly) of your abs, and the ease in revealing them is largely effected by genetics. Some people naturally hold more fat around their middle, others might find they always stay naturally quite lean on their abs (thus meaning they’re more naturally defined). Genetics also play a part in their shape, structure and overall appearance.
Your abs are a collection of muscles, this means they can be grown, strengthened and worked like other muscles in your body. That’s exactly what this guide is looking to help you do, grow, work and strengthen those abdominal muscles to build your strongest core. Having a strong core is about more than just aesthetics, it’s a strong centre point for your whole body.
There are four main muscles that make up your core.
Whilst most people just refer to these as the “top, bottom & side” of your abs - I felt it important to let you know the real juicy details, if you wanted them. Getting your mindset into the idea that you are training a muscle group (not purely chasing an aesthetic) is really important both mentally and physically. So, here’s the low down on what those lines on your tum really are made up of:
These are positioned along the front of the abdomen - these muscles form the appearance of a ‘six pack’ and allow flexion of your torso.
These are positioned under the obliques and is one of the deepest abdominal muscles. Their main purpose is to stabilise the lower back and pelvis before movement of the arms or legs.
These are positioned on each side of the abdomen and extend from the lower half of the ribs around and down to the pelvis. These muscles enable you to twist your torso.
These are positioned under the external obliques. These muscles allow us to twist our torso and they provide stability to the spine.