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"Shape" of ab muscles

Do the type of ab exercises you do affect the shape of your ab muscles?
I always seem to end up with more of a muscular looking 6-pack-type result. But, what I really want is just a smooth flat tummy. Is this possible, or is it all pre-determined by my body type?

Fri. Feb 17, 8:10am

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95% of what you abs look like has to do with your diet.
the other 5% is mostly genetics

Friday, February 17, 2006, 10:51 AM

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I think a flat stomache is step #1, then the abs individually showing is a step past there. You are "more fit" than the look that you want. Maybe ease up on the abs exercises a little?

Friday, February 17, 2006, 12:50 PM

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I have no idea what my abs look like. I have never had a six-pack, even when I was really skinny. Now, after having a baby, I am at a healthy weight but my stomach looks awful. No more bikinis for me!

I think it is genetic, but can be improved by diet and exercise.

Friday, February 17, 2006, 1:41 PM

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Everyone on Earth has a "6-pack," in the sense that the rectus abdominus muscle is segmented. NOT everyone can see their 6-pack, though; most people have a layer of subcutaneous fat, even if the muscle is well-developed. To have a visible one you have to have a low percentage of body fat AND you have to be genetically lucky enough to NOT put that last little bit of fat on your tummy.

So you can be thin without a six-pack. However, if you have a visible 6-pack the only way to obscure it is to lose muscle tone and put on weight.

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 5:37 PM

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At least you have a six pack that is visible. Between the stretch marks from two pregnancies and the extra weight I am carrying around my middle, I might have the ugliest stomach in the world. It is one of my most hated body parts.

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 10:00 PM

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