- 03-29-2010, 12:01 PM
I am a prototypical ectomorph. I naturally carry a very low body fat percentage. I have visible veins in my forarms and biceps and have a very flat stomach, no flab (when flexed can hardly pinch anything).
Although I have this lean build and decent muscle tone I cannot see my abs. When I flex I can see the top two or so (no obliques) and without flexing my abs are non existant. If anything my stomach protrudes a little.
I eat a clean diet. 90% of the sugar I consume comes naturally from the fuit I eat with the remaining coming from low fat yogurt or a granola bar. Same goes with fat, my only vice is the steaks I like to eat but I stick with lean cuts and try to cut off as much of the fat as possible.
In the gym I dont kill myslef with abs b/c I have heard time and time again with a low enough BF% the abs will stick through on thier own, no need to over-do them. I stay away from cardio however b/c when I do, being an ecto, I shrink considerably fast.
I am currently 6ft tall and weigh 173 pounds. What is the issue? Does anybody know what I will have to do to have a legit 6-pack? I dont think lowering my BF% any lower is possible if I want to keep any bulk in my body. I am realalistic and dont plan on looking like a freak of nature but I would love to have abs resembling this...
Any suggestions? Diet? Training?
- 03-29-2010, 12:47 PM
You need to develop abs just like other muscles. If your BF is that low and you don't see them you need to work on them more.
- 03-29-2010, 01:21 PM
Do heavy cable crunches and build the muscle you want to show.
03-29-2010, 01:25 PM
03-29-2010, 09:31 PM
Hit them hard with varying heavy and higher rep movements, not necessarily going to failure. Use short rests of about 30 secs or so.
2-3 times per weeks has worked well for me, my abs were at their worst, strength and appearance wise when I was doing them only once per week.
But i'm not you I guess.
03-29-2010, 09:59 PM
u say u want abs and they dont show only when u flex but u dont work them out cause they show already???? do abs every other day, even at home. get a medicine ball and sit with ur feel levitating and twist to each side to get obliques. there are numerous oblique and abs workouts. just google it
03-30-2010, 12:06 PM
What a difference adding weight to your crunches makes... I highly recommend decline crunches with extra weight. holding a 25 to 35 pound weight over the top of my head (not my face) while doing decline crunches is pretty great. Then, once I feel like I can't do any more, I put the weight on my chest and bang out some more.
03-30-2010, 03:12 PM
03-31-2010, 08:20 AM
03-31-2010, 09:20 PM
Deff train your abs with weight. You just have to make them bigger so their more apparent which shouldnt be a problem with your low bf %.
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