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If you are watching this video, you are looking for the only “how to get abs” video you need. In this video, I am going to show you how to identify what your ab potential is the right way to get them to show. You might be surprised at what it takes to finally carve out the abs that you are looking for.

First, it starts with the anatomy of the abdominals. You have to understand that the rectus abdominis is broken up into compartments by not only the linea alba, but by tendinous intersections. The linea alba is what dissects the abs down the middle of the rectus with the tendinous intersections crossing perpendicular to the linea alba to create the compartments, or abs, that you see.

Here is the interesting thing; studies on cadavers have shown that 97% of subjects had the linea alba and tendinous intersections make up what we visualize as a 6 pack. 6 pack abs are the most common with extra compartments making up 8 pack abs and 10 pack abs occurring at 1.5% each.

The important thing to note is that every single cadaver studied had not only the linea alba, but the bare minimum of tendinous intersections to make up a six pack. So for anyone that thinks that they do not have the genetic capability of having abs, you are dead wrong. Everyone has the ability to have abs (as we all have them), it just requires the right amount of body fat to be showing.

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What kind of abs you have; whether they are six pack abs, an 8 pack, or even the ultra rare 10 pack abs – is dependent on genetics. In short, it is not something that you can control, but you can identify your potential by feeling where the tendinous intersections are on your midsection. As a matter of fact, you can find the top row of the intersections at about a two finger distance below your chest.

Some people believe that they don’t have abs because even at leaner levels of body fat, their ab muscles aren’t showing. Now, as mentioned previously, everybody has abs whether they are covered in body fat or not. However, the appearance of them comes down to training and nutrition. If the body fat levels are low but the abs are not showing, that shouts an answer to me right away.

In your pursuit of how to get a 6 pack, you are not training your abs properly.

Like any other muscle in the body, the muscles of the rectus abdominis can be hypertrophied and grown with the proper training stimulus. I find that most people that don’t have visible abs at lower body fat levels are not applying the three main methods of hypertrophy to the abs like they do the rest of the muscles in the body. The abs respond in the same way that the biceps or pecs do and thus they need to be taken through these methods of hypertrophy to show prominently.

With tension overload, that means weighted ab movements and exercises need to be included in your training plan. This can be done with weights such as a dumbbell, a plate, or a medicine ball. However, one of the best ways to do this, especially with the lower abs is by using your legs as weight. Hanging ab exercises are a great way to overload the lower abs using nothing but your legs for the source of tension.

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Another way of applying overload to the abs is through the use of eccentrics. This is one of the most underutilized methods of hypertrophy for getting abs and is one that should not be overlooked. This can be done with the use of a physioball or even a band anchored high (on a pullup bar for example).

The last driver of hypertrophy is metabolic stress. This can come in multiple forms but I think the most practical way is to increase the frequency of your ab training. The abs can trained every day and I think that is the right way to train them, however, it doesn’t need to be for long. You can get a solid overload and stimulus in just 6 minutes a day and I feature many ab workouts on my channel in this format to make sure that you are not spending an excessive amount of time training your abs.

if you want to know how to get abs, you can do all the ab training in the world and it will be for nothing if you don't get your body fat levels down to where they need to be in order for them to show. The only way to do this is to be in a hypocaloric state and that means to be eating less food than you are now. Excessive body fat will always be the number one reason why your abs don't show, regardless of what training you do for them. So if you want your 6, 8, or 10 pack abs to show; you better get your nutrition in check.

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29 thoughts on “The ONLY “How to Get Abs” Video You Need (SERIOUSLY!)”
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    1. I actually had notifications on. Watched this right away, good video. But this post wasn’t here. Forgot to check in. I think you guys should extend the giveaways to the first 24 hrs IMHO

    2. Athleanx when you talk about abs, 2:05 , you make it sound as if everyone can get at least a six pack.
      This is simply not true!
      Arnold S. had a 4 pack. That was NOT due lack of training or fat. Its genetic.
      Heck, in very rare events, some people can only have a 2 pack.

      Just to make it clear for everyone, because it sounded confusing, or athleanx forgot this.
      Edit: this was also mentioned in the article early on.

  2. This is probably the most informative video about abs that I’ve seen of yours, Jeff. I love gathering new information, and you sure know how to dish it out.

  3. Been training 40 years hit a brick wall then discovered this channel got renewed vigour and the RAGE is back thanks man!!!

    1. @FREEDOMRINGS Hello my alternative account, time to go annoy others before kicking the bucket? Time to get you back to bed, boomer.

  4. Awesome video guys! You’ld be surprise of how many people is just learning this. Thanks for doing such a great job at educating all of us. Your time and dedication is greatly appreciated!

  5. I started off on Jeremys ab video which definitely got me going, my top and lower abs are sore but i think once i get more strength, ill start incorporating these

  6. After watching i certainly understand why it says this is the only ab video you will need. Excellent and easy to understand, thanks !

  7. 5:40 I really really like that exercise, ’cause it involves the side abs aswell. As a swimmer it helps me to improve my stability while in water.

  8. We would love to see a weighted abs workout similar to the 22 days, or an ab workout routine that includes all 3 points you made here!

    1. Id love to see one also for people with herniated, slipped damaged discs in the lumbar spine. I tried a weighted one, and I literally saw a flash of light and thought that was it…I was back ten years ago, and lost all the healing in my lower spine. I already have a fusion in my cervical spine…so yeah, scary stuff.

      All I did was a situp with 15lbs. I thought since I can do 30lbs tricep pullovers, on each arm, its a piece of cake with the 15….yeah…that didnt go well lol. Maybe just start with a lighter load, though the mind muscle connection is messed up from the injury

  9. I’ve learned so much about my own anatomy and metabolism with you guys, when pandemic lockdown started I jumped into a video from you guys and the explanation on how to where to etc., has been magnificent

  10. I’ve been using a ball in my ab workout for years. I love that I’ve already been doing something Jeff recommends in this video.

  11. Can’t thank you guys enough for all the hard work you put in to deliver FREE science backed facts and top tier knowledge to your community!
    – Your AX community

  12. 2 pack LOL. The entertainment part of your videos no matter how quick of long it is is ALWAYS just as great as the knowledge you give us. Glad you’re a channel I subscribed to.

  13. We all want a back pain version of this video which will include everything in one video like a squeezed version of all the previous back pain related videos, PLEASE.

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