Ok, so today I am going to tackle a question that I’ve seen floating around on the internet in a few places recently and as of yet, I haven’t seen much of a definitive answer. Now, one reason that this might be the case is because it really isn’t an easy question to answer as obviously, we are all born with our own bodies and are unable to experience what it is like to be someone else in regards to the subject.
However, I will do my best to answer this question by analysing what we know to be true and hopefully, bring some closure to the question.
Can Anyone Get A Six Pack?
In order to tackle this question, we are going to ask a different question to start with; what exactly is a six pack? Now, this might seem like an obvious question but bear with me. Usually, when most people picture a six pack, they will picture someone who has what is highly regarded to be a “perfect body”. By this, I mean either a man or a woman with a slim physique and a defined/large muscle structure, particularly in the abs region.
Now, the reason we picture this is because these people have two things as we mentioned above; the first is a very low body fat percentage and the second is strong, defined abdominal muscles. The truth is that it is the combination of these two things that produce what we perceive to be a six pack and it is important to remember that one of these two things on its own is not enough.
So, let’s go back to our original question; can anyone have a six pack? If you take into account the fact above, the answer is yes, of course they can, at least to some extent. The truth is that anyone can tone their muscles and lose weight to a certain extent, but obviously, some people are going to find these two things harder than others.
Should We Take Genetics Into Account?
This is a question that is asked a lot on the internet too and it is also one that has many different answers but my personal view is yes, of course we should. As I mentioned above, either gaining muscle or losing weight is going to be harder for some people than it is for others. The reason for this is that not everyone is the same; in fact, as you might already know there are three main body types; endomorphic, ectomorphic and mesomorphic.
As you can see from the picture above (view image source), these body types are quite different. In terms of getting a six pack, it is going to be people with a mesomorphic body type that are likely to have the easiest time getting a six pack as they are likely already quite slim and have good muscle definition. For ectomorphs, you might already be able to see a slight six pack naturally as your body fat percentage is likely to be already very low; it will be the building of abdominal muscles that will be the hardest part for ectomorphs. With endomorphs, it is likely that you may already have a six pack but because your body type is likely to have a high body fat percentage than both mesomorphs and ectomorphs, it may not be visible. Endomorphs are likely to need to focus mainly on weight loss rather than muscle building (although both are very important as they complement each other).
Of course, not everyone falls directly into one of these body type categories but usually, your body will fit more into one of the three body types than the remaining two.
You can view more about these body types here: http://www.kheper.net/topics/typology/somatotypes.html
Conclusion (The Harsh Truth)
As you can probably already see from this article, it is my personal view that EVERYONE can go at least some way to achieving their dream of having a six pack. The problem is that a lot of people let questions like “Can everyone get a six pack?” get in their way. If you’ve come across this article in the first place, you must have doubts about whether you personally can achieve six pack abs, right?
I’m sure all of you (including myself) know people who seem to go to the gym a couple of times a week for half an hour and come out looking like a hunky hollywood movie star while you are slaving away in the gym for hours, 4 – 5 times a week without results (or so you feel). The truth is that although you might notice these people a lot and feel like everyone apart from you has an easy time getting a six pack, this really isn’t the case.
In reality, most people are in the same boat as you and are slaving away, coming home and feeling like all of their efforts were in vain. The important part to remember is that you shouldn’t let this ‘put you off’. Getting a six pack is extremely hard work for anyone and requires a lot of dedication, motivation and self-discipline. It requires a healthy, balanced diet, regular exercise and most importantly, time; it isn’t going to happen overnight!
So I guess what I’m saying is stop reading this article (after you’ve shared it with your friends of course…hint! hint!) and in fact, stop browsing the internet entirely. Instead, get off your fat behind and get down the gym! If you aren’t a gym member, you’re going to have to be a little more creative; go for a jog or lift whatever you have lying around the house that seems heavy. Be inventive and have fun. Remember, you are never going to see negative results (not unless you’re doing something really wrong) and at the very least, you are going to be a lot more healthy than you currently are once you start exercising!