8 pack abs are the elusive holy grail of people looking to achieve the ultimate washboard midsection through weight loss and exercise – but can you really get an 8 pack?
As if a flat stomach and a six pack wasn’t enough, people seeking the perfect abs often want to go one step further and get an 8 pack.
So what is an 8 Pack Abs ?
Your abs are really one big muscle called the rectus abdominous that stretches from your sternum to your pelvis.
There are a few other muscles that make up your abs – the internal and external obliques and the transverse abdominous, but it’s the rectus abdominous that gives you your six pack look.
Whether you can actually get a six or 8 pack and its appearance are determined by the tendons or “tendinous inscriptions” that criss cross the rectus abdominous.
Ideally, these tendons divide the surface of the rectus abdominous into eight blocks of muscle, giving the appearance of four pairs of muscles – 8 pack abs – but this a matter of genetics.
Generally, the tendons in your lower abs don’t tend to produce pronounced lower abs, and only then at very low levels of body fat.
In most people, then, the tendons produce a four pack or six pack pattern and no matter how low your body fat, that’s often as good as it gets.
So the answer as to whether you can actually achieve an 8 pack is down to your body fat levels and your genes, which determine the layout of your tendinous inscriptions.
Now, you’re not going to know whether you’ve got 8 pack abs or not unless you get rid of the layer of body fat covering them, and no number of ab exercises will achieve that!
The key to great abs and a possible 8 pack is a combination of:
So there you have it, 8 pack abs are down to your genes and you won’t know if you’ve got them until you strip away your excess body fat with a regular program of fat burning workouts and a healthy diet.
But hey, if all you achieve is a flat stomach and a six pack that ain’t so bad, is it?
If you’re looking for a workout and diet program that will help you to achieve a six pack or 8 pack abs, then you may be interested in our reviews of Turbulence Training and The Truth About Six Pack Abs, two excellent resources to burn fat and build muscle.