Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to directly train your abs to get an amazing visible 6 pack.
In fact, many of the guys I know that have competed at the national level in bodybuilding with the best looking six packs, never directly train their abs.
So why is there this misconception about doing crunches to get visible abs?
It stems from those who still believe there is such a thing as spot reduction. The premise behind spot reduction, is that the more you train a specific body part, the more fat will melt off of that area.
This is NOT how fat loss works. If you've read some of my diet articles you're probably well aware that fat loss is an evenly distributed process and that it's impossible to target fat loss on one spot of your body.
This is why you see so many people in the ab mats section of the gym busting their ass doing crunches, hanging leg raises, and oblique crunches. Yet none of them have visible abs.
This is because even if they know how to train their abs, it will do nothing for the giant pile of fat sitting on top of their abs.
Believe it or not, every single person has abs. But the reason why so few have visible abs is that almost everyone is holding too much body fat to see them.
Typically, 10-12% body fat is the benchmark where you start seeing a six pack popping out. But not many actually reach this level of body fat because they're too busy wasting their time doing crunches, instead of learning how to cook and eat properly.
Abs Are Made In The Kitchen
This is a well known and famous quote in bodybuilding circles, and it is 100% spot on.
While I'm not advocating skipping ab training as it is important for core strength, the reality is you will never see your six pack until you get that excess layer of fluff off of your body.
Spend less time doing ab work and more time reading about nutrition, calorie counting, and macronutrients.
I promise you will notice better results than you would by doing thousands of crunches day after day and eating a poor diet.