How to Get V Cut Abs.

Dear Davey,

What is the best way to get that “V” formation in the navel area? How can I most effectively work that muscle? Thanks.


Hey Jake!

Whether you’re a guy or girl, the so-called v cut is one of the more desired fitness aesthetics. Sometimes called a money maker (no joke), it’s the v-shaped cut in the lower abdominal/pubic region that starts from the obliques and funnels downward toward the groin.

First things first, the v cut is purely aesthetic. As sexy as it is, it isn’t a necessity for general health or physical performance.

Having said that, the formation is caused by a number of oblique and abdominal muscles made visible through a low percentage of body fat. And yes, genetics do play a factor; some people are able to achieve the look with little effort. For the rest of us, it’s hard work.

Obviously, the foundation for having a v cut is well developed abdominal and oblique muscles. There are any number of effective ab and oblique workouts that will build these muscles.

But much like showcasing six pack abs, the v cut is only visible with lower body fat percentages. I recommend meeting with a trainer or healthcare professional to get your body fat measured. Generally, you’ll need to target a number below 10% - which is no small feat.

Once you know your starting body fat percentage, create a plan for reducing it through intense exercise and diet. Diets rich in steamed veggies, lean meats, nuts, healthy salads, fruits, berries and some complex carbohydrates are helpful in reducing body fat. Fried foods, alcohol, pastries, sugary foods and simple carbohydrates (like those found in pasta), are to be minimized.

Though it takes time to lean out, there’s really no magic to achieving the v cut. It’s just a question of how badly you want it - and if you’re willing to put in the work.

Davey Wavey

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  1. I know that a lot of torsional exercises help. I did capoeira and quickly got it after doing it.

    • whats a capoeira? and did you kind of already have this muscle before?

      • Luiz Bezerra says:

        Capoeira is some kind of martial art, dance and game (yes, these three). It’s a part of Brazilian folklore.

  2. StevenBoo says:

    What would you recommend a vegetarian trying to gain weight and muscle consume? I’ve been eating a lot of 100% whole wheat pasta because it’s high calorie, low fat, but I wanna make sure my abs really pop.

    • Meat, chicken preferably. They do have protein type noodles, but the weight I personally gained from those wasn’t the MUSCLE I was looking for. Try egg whites with mushrooms or veggies mixed in, its hard to understand the mind set of vegs.

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  4. Wow, insightful article! I have been able to achieve V-Cut Abs by following the Jupiterian Abs Program (google it!), but there is definitely some truth to the claim that it’s partly based on genetics as well.

  5. christopher says:

    ah-this is a tough intake recommendations seem to be spot on.

  6. I completely agree with this article in this day and age everyone wants to sleepsome type of magic pill in order to get results that they want but there is no easy way. It takes determination and motivation in order to reach it and healthy diet. Once everyone starts to realize this more people will be able to achieve abs along with the V. I highly recommend checking out for motivation to lose weight

  7. IMO, doing laying leg raises (Lay down flat on your back, legs together, slowly raise them up until your butts of the floor, and slowly bring them down again (about 15 reps, 5 sets). Also hanging leg raises and bicyle crunches will help bring these out. It is important to reduce bodyfat to see it too.

  8. When it comes to getting the V cut, is the idea of calories in/calories out still key?

  9. My body fat percentage is around 9% and the V is still no where in sight. What have I got to do?

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  16. Luiz Bezerra says:

    Can you believe I have a V-cut, but no defined abs? I’ve lost 10kg of fat and gained 8 kg of muscle in these 2 years I’ve been going to a gym and eating healthy, but my belly remains unchanged. Talk about unluckiness 😛

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