Learn how to build more visible abs in three steps. Jeremy Ethier, a NASM and FMS certified trainer and Kinesiology graduate, explains how to successfully grow your abs and see the best results.
“Your nutrition and lowering your body fat levels are of outmost importance when it comes to achieving a six-pack,” Ethier says.
“But what most people don’t realise is that the abs are just like any other muscle: choose the right abs exercises and get stronger with them overtime and the abs will respond with growth and hence improve the overall look and visibility of your six-pack.”
Regular ab training can have a significant effect on your abs muscles, increasing their thickness over time. This, in turn, can enhance the appearance of the abdominal muscles as a result.
How to Build More Visible Abs in 3 Steps
1 – Choose the right abs exercises
There are countless abs exercises for your to choose from, but not all of them are as effective for growing your abs. Below, we break down the best for you to choose from:
- Upper abs: Best 3 Science Based Exercises for Six Pack Abs (Upper vs Lower Abs)
- Lower abs: Best Lower Abs Exercises You Have Never Tried
- Obliques: Science-Backed Oblique Exercises to Build the Most Solid Trunk
Additionally, weighted abs exercises will allow you to provide your abs with progressive overload, helping them grow overtime.
2 – Perfect your form
Once you’ve chosen your favourite abs exercises, you want to make sure you execute them properly.
You need to activate your abs with each exercise and not simply let gravity or momentum help you out.
Sloppy reps will not only fail at recruiting the abs muscles but will be more beneficial to other muscles, such as the hip flexors.
3 – Overload the exercises
Ethier briefly covered this step on how to build more visible abs at the start, but the message has to be reinforced: if you want your six-pack you really pop, you’ll need to work the muscles with progressive overload.
“This is going to be the key to actually stimulating [the abs muscles’] growth over time,” he says.
To train systematically, he recommends sets of 10-15 reps.
Make sure you challenge your abs enough to stimulate growth.