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    bulking abs?


    Hi everyone,

    i am a little confused about how to work my abs...
    Im currently working on bulking them up with deeper cuts..
    do i work on them like i do with any other muscle? ex. heavy weights with lower reps?
    or do i stick with a good weight and bust out till failure?

    so basically, wanting to bulk abs... low reps but heavy or high reps with weights?

    Thanks for the help everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrocket399 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    i am a little confused about how to work my abs...
    Im currently working on bulking them up with deeper cuts..
    do i work on them like i do with any other muscle? ex. heavy weights with lower reps?
    or do i stick with a good weight and bust out till failure?

    so basically, wanting to bulk abs... low reps but heavy or high reps with weights?

    Thanks for the help everyone
    If you want "deeper cuts" you have to do WEIGHTED exercises.

    Yes, you train your abs like any other body-part. I personally do them twice a week for a total of ~100 reps (a mixture of exercises, sets, reps; but completing 100-120 reps) per time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guejsn View Post
    If you want "deeper cuts" you have to do WEIGHTED exercises.

    Yes, you train your abs like any other body-part. I personally do them twice a week for a total of ~100 reps (a mixture of exercises, sets, reps; but completing 100-120 reps) per time.

    great! thanks
    almost all my ab workouts consists of weights, i just wanted to clear up on the reps..

    Thanks Guejsn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by redrocket399 View Post
    great! thanks
    almost all my ab workouts consists of weights, i just wanted to clear up on the reps..

    Thanks Guejsn!
    No worries. Just remember that you DON'T need to do hundreds or thousands of reps for your abs, nor do you need to train them every day or every second day.
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    Abdominal muscles aren't any different than the rest of your body, they're a muscle just like your chest, biceps, shoulders, legs.

    The significant difference is the amount of times they're worked per day and in everyday life. They're worked during the bigger fraction of compound movements, then during everyday life. So weighted ab movements are ideal.
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    Okay, I'm WAY over-training my abs. I've been doing 4 sets of 50 on a decline bench with a 10 lb plate on my upper chest 5-6 days per week.
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    Overtraining refers to the CNS. You're under nourishing your abdominals by not giving them a sufficient amount of rest. The rest isn't getting enough time to repair the muscle tissue. Overtraining muscle tissue would refer to ripping beyond repair, which is substantial injury. Overtraining refers to fatigue of the central nervous system and no one can tell you if you're overloading that but you; however, it's unlikely that you're overloading the CNS with ab work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GymRat7197 View Post
    Overtraining refers to the CNS. You're under nourishing your abdominals by not giving them a sufficient amount of rest. The rest isn't getting enough time to repair the muscle tissue. Overtraining muscle tissue would refer to ripping beyond repair, which is substantial injury. Overtraining refers to fatigue of the central nervous system and no one can tell you if you're overloading that but you; however, it's unlikely that you're overloading the CNS with ab work.
    Thanks for clarifying. As I said, I've lots to learn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keeper View Post
    Okay, I'm WAY over-training my abs. I've been doing 4 sets of 50 on a decline bench with a 10 lb plate on my upper chest 5-6 days per week.
    Yeah, 1-2 days is ENOUGH. Try 4 x 25 TWICE a week. Also try and get a variety of exercises in (i.e. do 1-2 x 25 of weighted decline sit-up and 1-2 x 25 of hanging leg raises, etc.).
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