Why do I look like this?

  1. Why do I look like this?


    When I cut I end up having a brick instead of abs, seems like all my body fat is stored right in my abdomen. I've worked my abs more than any muscle since I've began working out years ago. Name:  Screenshot_20161114-005029.png
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  2. Holy vascularity. You're a roadmap dude! What type of ab exercises are you doing? What's your ab routine look like?
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  3. Your very low on body-fat based on images, how long have you been cutting to look like that?

    also whats your age, weight, and height.

    seems genetic from appearance and not due to excess fat.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by paul56778 View Post
    Your very low on body-fat based on images, how long have you been cutting to look like that?

    also whats your age, weight, and height.

    seems genetic from appearance and not due to excess fat.
    That pic is from my last cut about a month before I stopped at 147 lbs. I cut down, to 142 by the end. But it was a 4 month cut first two months I experimented with keto but ended up eating way too many calories so really only 2 months with good macros. I'm 20 and I weight 165 and I'm 5'9. I just started another cut two weeks ago at 171. I can't be that low of a body fat, percentage if there's no definition there I read. I just figured Im the type that needs to get down, to about 8% before I really see them.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by john.patterson View Post
    Holy vascularity. You're a roadmap dude! What type of ab exercises are you doing? What's your ab routine look like?
    I do EVERYTHING. Leg lifts, crunches, sit ups, Russian twists, hanging leg lifts over head, bicycle kicks, planks, body saws, ab roller, windshield wipers, mountain climbers, cable crunches, flutter kicks, v ups, plank arm reaches, etc... also I hit all the ab machines on as high weight as I can I hit at the end of my routine for muscle hypertrophy.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by DK0313 View Post
    That pic is from my last cut about a month before I stopped at 147 lbs. I cut down, to 142 by the end. But it was a 4 month cut first two months I experimented with keto but ended up eating way too many calories so really only 2 months with good macros. I'm 20 and I weight 165 and I'm 5'9. I just started another cut two weeks ago at 171. I can't be that low of a body fat, percentage if there's no definition there I read. I just figured Im the type that needs to get down, to about 8% before I really see them.
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  7. Quote Originally Posted by DK0313 View Post
    I do EVERYTHING. Leg lifts, crunches, sit ups, Russian twists, hanging leg lifts over head, bicycle kicks, planks, body saws, ab roller, windshield wipers, mountain climbers, cable crunches, flutter kicks, v ups, plank arm reaches, etc... also I hit all the ab machines on as high weight as I can I hit at the end of my routine for muscle hypertrophy.
    How often do you do all this? Also, it may seem rather obvious, but do you have a good mind-muscle connection with your abs? Can you focus on really flexing them when you're working them, and also just flexing them in general, perhaps in slightly different ways? It may be an issue of properly flexing/posing, although genetics likely plays a role here too. You're very lean in both pictures.
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  8. I dont do all of them everyday, but I do do abs everyday, I do 4 or 5 of them and Rep them 4 times then do the weighted machines at the end everytime. Yes I can focus on flexing them when I workout however it seems like the left side is always somewhat tighter even when I try, to work the right harder. As far as posing the second pic was the best possible way I could you pose to get my abs to show at that weight, I just didn't like how small I was getting. And even if I have ****ty genetics, which let's be honest, seems like the case, should I still be able to achieve good looking abs if I'm cut enough regardless? The muscles there I just need to see it and I have that stubborn fat covering them even when I lean out.
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    I wouldn't do abs every day. I'm at a substantially higher bf% than you, but my abs are very visible because they're so big/deep. The best I found for that when starting out were crunches with the rope handle on the cable machine and crunches on a decline bench holding a plate or dumbbell. Treat them like calves -- you can work them a bit more than other muscle groups, but they're still a muscle group and need time to rest and grow.

    I honestly don't do any direct ab work now and just heavy compound lifts has been more than enough to keep them in good shape.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by MidwestBeast View Post
    I wouldn't do abs every day. I'm at a substantially higher bf% than you, but my abs are very visible because they're so big/deep. The best I found for that when starting out were crunches with the rope handle on the cable machine and crunches on a decline bench holding a plate or dumbbell. Treat them like calves -- you can work them a bit more than other muscle groups, but they're still a muscle group and need time to rest and grow.

    I honestly don't do any direct ab work now and just heavy compound lifts has been more than enough to keep them in good shape.
    + 1 to this, I used to train them much more, in the past and mixed high volume with bodyweight and low volume and high weight e.g. weighted crunches flat, and on incline bench. I have found that they improve through heavy squatting and get enough indirect work through my other workouts. also I agree that the more developed they are the more they show at higher body fat levels within reason.

    OP I wonder if others will agree with me on this one but gaining more lean body mass and bulking for a while is an option to change appearance. also you have many years to progress from now, I also feel they are a muscle group like any other which improve through muscle maturation, years of consistent training.

  11. Just curious, what supplements are you taking? I rarely see vascularity like that on people who aren't chemically enhanced in some way.

    I think you just need to add more mass. Abs are both a matter of low bodyfat but also muscle development. I would focus on adding 15-20 lbs of muscle through a high calorie diet and getting stronger on the big compound movements (squats, bench, deads or rack deads)... these will develop thickness in your abs as well. And I would do ab training with heavy weights and lower reps, 2x a week at most.

    After you bulk and you've gained a lot of strength and a solid 10-15 lbs. of muscle and then cut, I'd be surprised if you didn't have more prominent abs.
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    Random, but one lift that just thrashes my abs now is when I do tricep bar pushdowns on the cable. Stablizing them to go heavy leaves them soooo sore that next day.

    And I'll echo the comment on mind/muscle connection. Because I feel it very differently now than when I first started (e.g. doing crunches by throwing my shoulders forward).

  13. Quote Originally Posted by Justlooking5 View Post
    Just curious, what supplements are you taking? I rarely see vascularity like that on people who aren't chemically enhanced in some way.

    I think you just need to add more mass. Abs are both a matter of low bodyfat but also muscle development. I would focus on adding 15-20 lbs of muscle through a high calorie diet and getting stronger on the big compound movements (squats, bench, deads or rack deads)... these will develop thickness in your abs as well. And I would do ab training with heavy weights and lower reps, 2x a week at most.

    After you bulk and you've gained a lot of strength and a solid 10-15 lbs. of muscle and then cut, I'd be surprised if you didn't have more prominent abs.
    I've been vascular since I've started lifting it's just my genetics luckily, however they screwed me on abs lol. That was the reason for my last bulk then the cycle of the m1t it didn't seem to change anything in my abdominal muscles I only noticed a large change in my upper trap and lower lat muscles.

  14. Were you on anything (M1t etc) or any OTC supplements when that pic was taken? I'm just saying I don't usually see that type of vascularity on someone who isn't chemically enhanced somehow. Really just asking more out of curiosity.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by Justlooking5 View Post
    Were you on anything (M1t etc) or any OTC supplements when that pic was taken? I'm just saying I don't usually see that type of vascularity on someone who isn't chemically enhanced somehow. Really just asking more out of curiosity.
    No that was before I did anything at all just whey, suprisingly creatine, and fish oil. Ive had people ask me if I'm juicing at the gym and I just laugh and say do you see how small I am? I weigh less than 160 lbs hahaha no I'm not juicing. That pic is from October I started talking other sups just this January. Other than clear muscle, I started taking end of November.

  16. Genetics do play a role here since you seem to be at very low body fat, but i agree with most posts about bulking and getting stronger on compound lifts while working abs less and treating them like any other muscle group, in my opinion you should not be cutting until you have gained atleast 20-25 pounds around 10-15 being pure muscle.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by DK0313 View Post
    When I cut I end up having a brick instead of abs, seems like all my body fat is stored right in my abdomen. I've worked my abs more than any muscle since I've began working out years ago. Name:  Screenshot_20161114-005029.png
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    I can't believe no one has told you to do TCF vacuums trust and believe that will give you the definition you want. It the oldest bodybuilding trick in the book

  18. the timing of finding this post is great because I'm about to post an ab thread myself. you're the same height as me, but I weigh in at 180-183 typically. I keep a six pack basically year round unless I have a really bloaty weekend. With that said, I almost never do ab work. my routine is focused around oly and power lifting, so my key training is squats, bench/press, deads, cleans, and snatch. my accessory work is usually only arms for vanity's sake.

    without knowing the rest of your training, you may benefit from some focused strength training and work on putting on mass. It ironically, may help make your abs pop too.
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