- 01-21-2010, 05:24 AM
So, been looking online and haven't found anything on this, but figured I have great resources here that might be able to answer.
I've been working my abs/core pretty regularly. Most times I'm holding the abs tight and in while doing crunches, sit-ups, leg lifts, leg raises, twists, and so on...
I'm not using weight during any of my ab exercises.
Lately it seems my ab muscles are growing 'outward' giving me the appearance of having a bigger gut... How do I get my abs toned and tight without them pushing out?
Anyone know what I'm talking about?
- 01-21-2010, 05:43 AM
Yea im onto you but i could be corrected here but i think that your abs do grow like that the most you could do to get it tighter is vacuums and stretches i think.
- 01-21-2010, 07:59 AM
Back off on some of the core work.
01-21-2010, 08:22 AM
when you exercise you're arms what happens? they get bigger right? why do you think you're abs would be any different. abs (six pack) are made in the kitchen and on the treadmill or other cardio exercises not by doing core work.....
01-21-2010, 08:41 AM
My diet is very low carb, and I run daily... as well as my normal workout 5x per week, plus some jump rope, racket ball, and swimming.
In the case of my abs I'm not using any weight.
01-21-2010, 08:42 AM
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01-21-2010, 09:34 AM
what rep ranges do you do??? i always do about 20 reps with abs. when i am in a cut, i will do cardio like jump roping and swimming. i dont like to run cause its bad for your knees unless u do the eliptical or something
01-21-2010, 10:28 AM
01-21-2010, 11:37 AM
It's time for me to get in a cut... I just lack the self discipline to not drink the next few Sundays. Especially with the Jets this weekend and the Super-Bowl coming up.. party's at my place.
01-21-2010, 11:38 AM
01-27-2010, 07:39 AM
Been doing the vacuums and though I'm not about to report visible results I can totally feel it. Will report in about 1-2 weeks on actual progress.
Just wanted to say thanks again.
01-27-2010, 08:33 AM
Yeah I'm having the problem with my upper abs... I'm pretty high fat but they show just because they are huge. I'm definitely considering not doing decline bench situps with a plate behind my head anymore. Or just keep on and get them gigantic so they are still big after I cut hard, I can't decide.
02-05-2010, 01:17 PM
This is working! Been seeing major changes!
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02-05-2010, 01:47 PM
02-06-2010, 07:36 AM
Pick an lower, oblique and upper ab exercise 2-3x wk. Usually pick different ones workout to workout. Do lower first then oblique then upper. And do Vaccums!!! They are amazing for keeping the stomach very flat. I swear by them more than crunches! Pull stomach in and up... feel like you are trying to make your stomach touch your spine. Hold for 60 sec the repeat. I usually do in between other ab sets.
But abs are mainly DIET! If your body fat isnt low enough you can crunch til the cows come home and you still will not have popping abs. So getting your BF% down to sub 10% is the goal.