JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE SKINNY DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL HAVE A SIX-PACK
The volume of interest I receive from skinny guys who wish to build their mid-sections is more than enough evidence to disprove the false reality of “I should be able to ‘see’ my abs if I have low body fat.” I’m sure you know of a friend who is completely scrawny, yet, without a shirt on he, has zero abdominal definition! To me that would be salt on an open wound.
ABDOMINALS ARE A MUSCLE, TOO!
Your abdominals are a muscle group that requires the same formula and attention and are not any different from other muscle groups. For some reason many consider abdominals to be a ‘special’ body part that requires a different set of rules and a completely different formula for training.
If abdominals are the muscle group you wish to prioritize, then don’t be afraid to disagree with the ‘experts’ who say “Never train your abdominals first because you’ll weaken your core muscles for the rest of your workout…”. I completely disagree with this and often reply, “Show me the evidence.” How often you train your abdominals is based on the inverse relationship of intensity and volume. The harder you train your abs, the more rest they need. The less intense you train your abs, the more frequently you can train them!
The good news is that abdominals are abdominals and when your body fat levels are around 5-7% you are guaranteed to impress people, including yourself, with a set of hot-looking abs. Even though genetics play a huge role in how they look, it’s important to know how to train them to make them look their best.
DIVIDE YOUR ABDOMINALS INTO TWO SEPARATE WORKOUTS FOR BEST RESULTS
To train your abdominals safely and effectively you must know the basic movement patterns of your abs and train them within all sub-categories:
Truck Flexion (upper abs)
Hip Flexion (lower abs)
Lateral Flexion (obliques)
The key is that if you can’t see your abs, then the best exercise for your abs will be better diet.