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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 08:18 AM
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I maybe contradicting some people here and might get some flack for it. But I've read numerous articles on ABS and basically abs are just like any other muscle group. To get rusults you go to stay within the 8-15 rep rage, maybe even a bit higher and you can't just focuss on your ABS. You must develop your entire body and loose total body fat to see results. Imagine doing 60 barbell curls for your biceps with reduced weights. You wouldn't really get much accomplished. So I suggest you increase your weight to where you can squeeze out 15 reps and also mix it up and do some non-weight crunches up to your max. It has worked for me. See this article:

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I first got my 6 pac when I was 12 from doing about 20-40 curlups a week. (I do about 300 or 400 now.) I guess it's just easier for some bodies to develop them then others. I think Trey B mentioned that you also need to do alot of jogging to chisel your abs.
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I first got my 6 pac when I was 12 from doing about 20-40 curlups a week. (I do about 300 or 400 now.) I guess it's just easier for some bodies to develop them then others. I think Trey B mentioned that you also need to do alot of jogging to chisel your abs.
Yeah, genetics go a far way in determining what we look like regardless of how hard we work
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Yeah, genetics go a far way in determining what we look like regardless of how hard we work
...Yah... but the thing is my father's side of the family are all obese and my mother's side are all wirey.
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post #15 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 03:39 PM
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run and do cardio before you do abs it always works them better imo
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post #16 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-14-2006, 06:25 PM
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I think you may need to work your transverse abdominus. Just wiki the muscle group for a better idea of what it does, but when a lot of people don't see results its because that area of their core isn't well defined. Basically a simple exercise to see if you've managed to work that area as well is simply sucking your stomach in as far as possible, as if you wanted to pull your belly button back to your spine. Hold it for 5 seconds (make sure not to hold your breath). Release, hold it for 10 seconds. Release, and keep going upward with 5 second intervals
Althought i have never hear of this meathod (i'm not knocking it ,i dont have enough info) the best way to get your abs looking "cut" is to keep up what your doing and to work your core the T.V.A muscles ,suprisingly the best way to do that is with those gay looking ball exercises , they give you a good base for the rest of your abs .
And don't for get to work those ohh so forgoten obliques,and then my friend its cardio ,cardio ,cardio then diet ,diet .

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Be shure you have a good diet. That means no junk food no soft drinks and no lage meals. You should eat small meals several times a day. When I met rich franklin there were times that he couldn't talk because he had to keep his eatting on scedual. Try to avoid food or drinks with shuger fat. Try to eat grilled food insted of fried food. Like mentioned be for genetics may not let you develop abs but with this diet and a good work out you can make them solid.

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I had the same trouble w/ my abs. I found out that i needed to do a differnt variety of sit-ups and cruches. I would change it up about every two weeks and I woud do them in the begging of my work out and how ever many i could at the end.
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post #19 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-15-2006, 02:26 AM
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It could be as simple as overtraining them.


The Abs are muscles just like any other part of the body and need time to recuperate from a heavy-intense training session. Training them every day doing numerous sets and reps, plus the workout they get when you do all of the other power excercises in your routine is overkill.


If you keep pounding them day after day with any considerable rest you wont see much if any improvements as the muscles don't have time adapt and grow. If you following an intense training program you should be training your abs anymore than 1-2 a week tops. In this case less is more.


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Can't thank you enough for the advice everyone. I've decided to make a couple of changes. Before working my abs I'll do cardio first, and I'm going to change my diet. Despite the fact that I'm thin, I think too much junk food is affecting my ab development. Can anyone suggest a good diet plan to maximize results?
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