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BlackSun 12-13-2006 08:15 AM

Trouble Building Abs...
 
Basically, I need some advice about working my abs. For the last 8 weeks or so, I have been doing weighted crunches (with 15 kg on my chest), just about every day. I do over 60 crunches in each set. My problem is, that NOTHING has developed. I'm only a 32 inch waist so there is no body fat covering them. Apart from my abs becoming slightly more firm, though it's hardly even noticable, nothing has deveoloped at all. I do them til I'm sick, and take only 20 seconds rest between each set. I know abs take a few weeks to develop, but this is ridiculous. I'm working my guts off for this, and I'm not getting any results. What's going wrong??

Thanks

Zapatista 12-13-2006 11:51 AM

I could be wrong, but it could be genetics. Some people just won't get defined muscles no matter how hard they try. I'm not saying to stop because of no results, but you might want to take that into consideration.

BlackSun 12-13-2006 12:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zapatista
I could be wrong, but it could be genetics. Some people just won't get defined muscles no matter how hard they try. I'm not saying to stop because of no results, but you might want to take that into consideration.

I have no problems building muscle in any other area though, so I dunno what's up

Choke_Wire 12-13-2006 01:06 PM

i kinda like u that way. I do 200 situps a day (i dont work quite as much a u) and i still dont have a diffined abs.

Zapatista 12-13-2006 05:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlackSun
I have no problems building muscle in any other area though, so I dunno what's up

The stomach is different though. Some people just can't develop defined muscular abs no matter how much you try.

BlackSun 12-13-2006 05:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zapatista
The stomach is different though. Some people just can't develop defined muscular abs no matter how much you try.

As long as they are solid, I don't care about anything else.

What if they never become solid, how will I ever be able to take a decent punch?

Zapatista 12-13-2006 07:23 PM

Maybe you aren't putting the weight in the correct area. Try doing those amount of situps without the weight. Or, if you have access to the facilities, do situps on an incline which should help increase muscle faster.

PistolPete 12-13-2006 09:19 PM

You prob. may very well be the fact that you are not doing enough cardio. You need to burn off all the fat around the midsection before your abs will show thru. Be careful doing the weighted situps because the added weight will build bigger muscles not necessarily more defined muscles. If you do too much weight you will create a bulk type midsection. YOu don't want large ab muscles you want them lean. I would suggest losing the weight and doing MORE reps and MORE sets and working a lot more cardio. Also, keep track of your diet. If you eat a lot of sugar that will have an effect as well.

linkster01 12-14-2006 12:35 AM

I believe that 6% body fat is when you have that slick six pack look. I also suggest besides the obvious dieting and cardio is maybe try adding a bit more resistance to your ab workout.

Deadpool 12-14-2006 07:31 AM

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


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