So I have been dieting and working out for about 8 weeks now and I'm seeing the results FOR THE MOST PART. My arms are veinier than ever I'm talking bi's tri's shoulders forearms all of them. But for some reason my abs are showing no signs of improvement. I train them 4 times a week Mondays and Thursdays is "core" (planks, obliques, lower back) Tuesday Friday's is abs(upper and lower) I'm using weight doing 12 reps for 3 sets and 4 or 5 exercises per day. Am I missing something? Why aren't they getting as defined as the rest of my body? Am I overdoing it underdoing it? not enough reps or exercises? Thanks for the help.
I'd drop using weight on ab workouts and increase the reps/time. 12 reps on abs isn't a good way to tighten them up. I do hanging knee ups to each side to work the obliques. Do as many as you can and do 3-4 sets. I also do 100 crunches per set. Just work up to the quantity while maintaining form. Then I do lying leg raises, 6" off ground and just hold them as long as you can. Do 4 sets of those.
Diet is the only thing IMO that will show the results you are looking for. Also the ab fat will be some of the last fat to go for most.
Also you can do abs until the cows come home, but it doesnt make you more shredded.
So time, diet, and patience is what i recommend.
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To each their on. It takes a lot to stimulate the ab muscles in a way to get good development. Of course diet is the biggest key. If your bf isn't below 10-12% then it will be hard to see any true definition. There are 2 muscle groups that can be trained almost daily. Abs and calves. If you want those abs to stay tight and looking shredded all the time then you need more than 12 reps.
Also if you develop strong ab muscles then you need to develop strong lumbar muscles. I agree on the deadlifts and squats working the abs but it doesn't target the abs or the obliques. Just my 2 cents from an "old school" approach.