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Old 08-05-2007, 04:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How To Make My 6 Pack Permanent?

So I have a very slender build; 5'10 and 126lbs., and when I flex my abs you can see the definition. However, if I don't flex my abs, even with my freakishly low body fat percentage, my abs wont show very much. Why is this? Is it a muscle mass problem? Genetics? I'd like to have one of those "MMA fighter permanent six packs", so what am I doing wrong here?

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Old 08-05-2007, 05:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You need stronger abs. Do trunk curls.
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Old 08-05-2007, 07:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Simple solution, Ab workouts. Dont forget a 6pack wont win a fight.
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Old 08-05-2007, 07:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think you should worry about eating more. How old are you? And doing some weighted crunches along with other good core exercises will help your problem.
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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First of all you need to eat and eat a lot. Also weighted ab exercises and crunches could do good for you. Make sure also that you do A LOT of reps. Doing 50 isn't going to get you anywhere. I always say if your not sore the next day you just wasted time in the gym.
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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In college, I knew a guy who had a six-pack you could see when he was totally relaxed. One day I asked him what he did all day. He said "I get up, and I go play basketball for an hour. Then I eat and go to class. Then I go lift some weights, and go back to class. Then I eat lunch, and go play basketball for a few hours. Then I study, eat dinner, and lift weights."

Basically, every waking moment that wasn't spent eating or studying was spent under weights, or on the ball court....
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Basically, every waking moment that wasn't spent eating or studying was spent under weights, or on the ball court....
Well, I'm guessing the basketball court thing was just for fun, lol. I don't think you need to do that much cardio to get permanent abs.
Hell, if he didn't make the NBA, he wasted his life...but that's just me.
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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In college, I knew a guy who had a six-pack you could see when he was totally relaxed. One day I asked him what he did all day. He said "I get up, and I go play basketball for an hour. Then I eat and go to class. Then I go lift some weights, and go back to class. Then I eat lunch, and go play basketball for a few hours. Then I study, eat dinner, and lift weights."

Basically, every waking moment that wasn't spent eating or studying was spent under weights, or on the ball court....
For the majority of the population, that's called "over training"
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Well, I'm guessing the basketball court thing was just for fun, lol. I don't think you need to do that much cardio to get permanent abs.
Hell, if he didn't make the NBA, he wasted his life...but that's just me.
Sounds to me like the last thing he did was waste his life. I wish I could keep myself that busy.
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First of all you need to eat and eat a lot. Also weighted ab exercises and crunches could do good for you. Make sure also that you do A LOT of reps. Doing 50 isn't going to get you anywhere. I always say if your not sore the next day you just wasted time in the gym.
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There is a possibility that that would never get you anywhere. You need to start doing high intensity abdominal work outs. Think of leg raises (with weight on your ankles) incline sit ups (again with weight on your chest) and medicine ball tosses if you have a partner. The definition only shows when you flex because your abs aren't or large, you just have very little body fat. You should also begin working your transverse abdominous, which is the muscle behind the abs that actually leads to their protrusion. To do that you can more or less suck your stomach in while maintaining normal breathing. Hold that at 10 second intervals and increase up to 30 seconds or so then repeat.
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