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    Abs Issues


    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...

    http://i.ehow.com/images/a04/f...pack-abs-800X800.jpg


    Any suggestions? Diet? Training?

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    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.
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    Do heavy cable crunches and build the muscle you want to show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blacktail View Post
    Do heavy cable crunches and build the muscle you want to show.
    Sit ups/crunches with weights
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buuzer0 View Post
    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.
    Weighted ab/lower back work is where its at, especially if you want to lift injury free on the big 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLastRonin View Post
    Weighted ab/lower back work is where its at, especially if you want to lift injury free on the big 3.
    I'll keep this in mind. I just really started taking deadlift seriously, and started doing squats the way they're supposed to be done (below parallel) and I definitely don't want to get injured. I think my lower back needs the most work, so gonna start doing the lower back incline thing with weights more often.
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    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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