Oh Where, Oh Where, Has My Six-Pack Gone?


Have you ever had that feeling that no matter how hard you’re working, you just can’t seem to achieve a goal? Well, little old me experienced that same feeling a year into my workout program.

What was this feeling of hopelessness, you ask? Did it have to do with my lifts? My time running the quarter mile? Or were my shorty-shorts going out of style (newsflash, they haven’t).

It was tragic: I still didn’t have a six-pack.

Why Don't I Have Abs?
My situation wasn’t this bad, but I was still upset!

Really? That Much Drama?

Of course! Call me a drama queen all you want but I had worked hard to get abs! Of course I didn’t necessarily equate the work that needed to go into my abs, like a proper diet or training, but I was doing a lot of crunches!

And can you truly blame me? It has been ingrained within our culture that to look the best and be the best you have to have ripped abs. I mean for real, it’s on almost every guy’s list as a top priority. When all the ladies are looking for a guy with a six-pack, why wouldn’t I throw a little fit?

A guy can’t walk on the beach during spring break without a six-pack, I had to fix this!

What Am I Doing Wrong?

Let’s review my training regimen:

  • I’ve been running consistently.
  • Crunches are always competed before I walk out of the gym.
  • I’m eating plenty of food to give my muscles the fuel they need to grow.
  • Pushing myself to the limit every day was of the highest priority.
Why Don't I Have Abs?
Pushing myself was my number one priority!

All of these aspects should be sculpting ab muscles that you could seriously gawk at. Even changing up my ab routine on a bi-weekly basis wasn’t cutting it. So what was I doing wrong? Could there be fat burning pills or some secret formula that I’m missing out on (also, never take fat burning pills).


I’m going to tell you something about abs that nobody wants to hear, but it’s the absolute truth. Are you ready?

You can have phenomenal abs without having a visible six-pack. Having a six-pack is more of a body-fat issue, not a strength issue.

There it is, and it’s the truth! Some kids are born with a fast metabolism or great muscle genes and have phenomenal abs without even trying. They could have the strength of a butterfly but have the six-pack of a lifeguard from Baywatch (I hear the Rock is going to be in the remake). It’s just the sad truth, some people are born lucky.

On the other hand, strongmen have arguably some of the strongest cores in the lifting game. The same goes for Olympic weightlifters and the lineman for the Denver Broncos (Go Broncos!). Everyone can have great abdominal strength without having the six-pack. And honestly, a lot of people couldn’t care less about whether you could see their six-pack or not.

But My Stomach Feels Solid?

Good, that means that you’ve improved your core quality and strength. If you’re at this point in your training program, the best thing to do is keep up the good work.

Keep striving to build up on your core strength by doing weighted sit-ups, crunches, and other abdominal exercises (seriously, there are tons of them out there). This will increase your chances of growing your abs and thus increase your chances of revealing them someday.

Stopping at this point to jump ship and give up is a bad idea, keep up the good work!

Then How Do I Get Ripped Abs?

Well, Sonny Jim, as stated above getting “ripped abs” is more of a body fat issue rather than a strength issue. The best thing to do when wanting to get a ripped six-pack is to increase your cardio, volume of crunches, adjust your diet, the list goes on and on.

If you’re doing 20 crunches and you’re not getting the results you want, increase them to 50.

If you’re walking 20 minutes and you’re not getting the results you want, then run 20 minutes.

You don’t have to follow this advice to the letter, but the point comes across all the same. To increase the potential of having ripped abs you have to get rid of the fat covering them. Increasing the intensity of your workout and improving upon your diet will give you the best opportunity for success.


Please, valued reader, don’t get caught up in the hype of a six-pack. Just because you don’t have a shredded core, that doesn’t mean that your core strength isn’t phenomenal. The stomach area can be covered by a large area of fat, hence why having a six-pack is a body-fat issue, not a strength issue. People who have been working out for years can struggle to get shredded abs. If this is a goal that you’re seeking, adjust your diet accordingly and push yourself in your training to reach your goals! From there, you can’t fail.

And what’s the best way to reach your goals?

Do your research, get prepared, and get lifting!

Why Don't I Have Abs?
Keep pushing yourself!

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