So, my full gym experience is around 2 years (counted only periods without long breaks, first time visited gym at the end of 2013 etc). Last 1.5 year only once I was skipping for 1.5 month because of eye trauma.

Anyway, i always was wanted to have good abs. Still I'm on my way to it.

So this is year 2014 enter image description here

This previous year 2016 summer enter image description here

This is today enter image description here

There is a big difference between first an the other pics. But no difference between 2 and 3.

I do crunches with dumbells, leg raises to the bar, cable crunches. Tried different way. Like 4 times per 20 w lightweight, or like 3 times 15 heavy etc.

And the weight is grown a little, btw (since last year). But the way how abd looks like - no.

And not so long ago i met one guy at the gym who said that abs exercises are not working and abs can't grow at all, it's all about fat + genetics.

So is he right?

1 Answer 1



Abs are a muscle and behave the same way every other muscle in the body does when you use a resistive load to work it consistently; they grow.

Genetics can affect posture which changes how abs appear in the mirror.

The saying is still correct: "Abs are grown in the gym and revealed in the kitchen."

  • Interesting. But how they grow then? I mean, it's barely visible in mirror or what? Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 14:00
  • Because of afaik there are some bodybuilders who look shreddered but at the same time their abs not looking good Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 14:02
  • Bull Mentula is a good example Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 14:05
  • wellp, I think no better answer would appear. still got no gains in abs btw Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 8:23
  • FYI you have good abs now, you need to work on your chest and shoulders more from those photos. Get them big traps.
    – John
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 8:45

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.