Six Pack ABSolutely Obsessed
Having a strong core will serve you both in & out of the gym, regardless of whether your abs are visible or not.
Subtle flex- I was extremely pleased by the comments when I shared this vid on ThiccTok. ;) I must be doing SOMETHING right.
Having visible abs becomes unrealistic when you're striving to go below a relatively “normal” level of body fat.
Emphasis on 'VISIBLE abs,' because we all have abdominal muscles (you know this), it's just a matter of whether your body fat % is low enough to make them visible. (Which is mostly a result of nutrition, btw)
It's easy to look at someone and defined abs and assume that they MUST be super strong and healthy.
But I know that YOU know how misleading and untrue that is. Health is more than appearance - but I know that YOU know that already.
Fat is essential to survival & overall biological function (metabolism, bone health, reproduction and menstruation, energy stores, etc) — for more information head to PMID: 9376885
Although we’ve been conditioned to attach morality to fat, ya NEED it to live.
Having very low levels of body fat CAN become unhealthy. Risks can range from dangerously low heart rates, declining testosterone levels, poor recovery, amenorrhea, osteoporosis, etc…
& much as you may covet, idolize & glorify the way it LOOKS, the truth is that they indicate nothing about speed, strength, stamina, flexibility, or overall health. All it means is that you have a lean enough midsection or stellar genetics that allow your musculature to show.
Dedication to any goal requires some sort of sacrifice/tradeoff when it comes to your values.
So if it turns out that a six-pack is out of reach for you (or if you're not interested in adopting the kind of restrictive diet it takes to achieve AND maintain one — guilty as charged!) there are plenty of good reasons to work ya core.
Bottom line: You can be healthy & strong as f*ck AND still have a layer of fat covering your #sixpackabs