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    6 pack abs vs 8 pack.

    Why is it that people refer always to 6 pack?Is it better to have a 6 pack rather than an 8 pack?
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    I think most people refer to a sixpack 'cause very few have an eightpack. The last 2 (at the bottom) rarely become clearly visible.
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    its all genetics
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    Is it really that difficult for a complete 8 pack to be shown?Are there any photos from guys having 8 packs?
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    Some people have 4 clearly separated ab sections and some have 6 or 8. It's genetic. You either have them or you don't.

    Personally I think 6 packs generally look the best, 4 doesn't look as good imo and 8 just looks unnatural.

    Here's an 8-pack.

    Now I'm off to the gym to work on my future 6 pack.
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    Originally Posted by therock003
    Why is it that people refer always to 6 pack?Is it better to have a 6 pack rather than an 8 pack?
    8-pack shows more dedication.
    There will always be someone better than you...and that someone is me.

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    Man Strength is not to be confused with lifting weights in the gym, but if you do a lot of machine exercises I doubt you have much MAN STRENGTH (due to limited range of motion involved)
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    Originally Posted by HOLLA BACK!
    8-pack shows more dedication.
    ya, NO.
    Anything I say is for educational purposes only and I do NOT condone the act or use of anything illegal.
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    great 6 on this guy 8 is very hard to get i here. hell i`d be happy just to get 2
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    The rectus abdominus muscle is actually one muscle, not multiple muscles like many believe.

    The muscle is transversed by a series of tendons which divide it into the "4", "5","6", or "8" pack that people describe.

    The way the tendons attach in each particular person determines the abdominal structure they will display.

    You can't train to have an "8" pack if your particular genetic structure is laid out for a "6" pack.

    What you can do is train to get your bodyfat as low as possible and display whatever you have to it's fullest potential. But, the way your abs will ultimately look in thier best condition is more determined by your parents than anything else.

    The one thing you can do with training is increase the size of the muscle with resistance training. By increasing the size of the abs, you can increase the difference between the peaks of the muscle and depth of the area where the tendon transverses the muscle. This will increase the appearance of deeper cuts, making your abs display better, and also make the cuts more visible at higher body fat percentages.

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    EME, what ab exercises would you recommend and how often? Coming from someone who is nearing (kinda) the time in which he will have a bodyfat low enough to see them!
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    Hey PapaRingo,

    Honestly, I don't do anything too fancy for abs.

    Something that focuses on the overall abs, and then maybe something that hits the lower area a little harder. ( Lower abs are my problem area, and tend to come in last )

    Typically, I hit abs 3 days per week and do 3-4 sets, 12-15 reps, of one of the following exercises each day. Alternating between each different exercise on different workout days.

    Flat crunches with a plate on my chest.

    Decline Crunches with a plate on my chest

    Hanging Leg raises

    When preparing for a competition, I step it up and do two exercises per workout, and increase my ab work to 4 days per week.

    I don't ever recommend weighted exercises for the obliques ( side bends, etc ), but weighted ab work for the rectus abdominus can really help deepen your cuts and make your abs more visible sooner in your cutting process.

    There are a million different ab exercises you can do, and none are really better than any other.

    The key is that you use good form and make sure your abs are doing the work.

    Good luck with your training, and let me know if you need any additional help.

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    Is it bad for me that i do ab excercises every day?Also how can i determie if ii is possible to have an 8 pack?As far the top 4 can be shown.Actually top 2 the second laer is not that greatly divided so it kinda looks like a 3 pack!
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    You could try feeling around and seeing if you can find the last tendon down in the lower abs that would give you 8. I tried and I can't seem to find it so I'm pretty sure I can only get 6.
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