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    Resistance Training and Abs

    Until recently, I have been primarily doing various combinations of the following crunches (reverse, butterflies, leg lifts, regular crunches). I recently started adding resistance to my ab work (like standing cable crunches (title?), decline crunches with a barbell, etc). Is this a good idea? Will it make my abs protrude? Thoughts?
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    You can't spot reduce. The only way you will see your abs is by getting rid of the fat that is on top of them. This can be done by diet. ("Six pack abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym")

    Resistance training will help strenghthen your abs and lower back. In my opinion I think it is a good idea. I always do my crunches while holding a dumbell or a medicine ball.





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    I to always use weight when training abs.
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    Originally posted by Scotty the Body
    I to always use weight when training abs.
    Are your abs bulky?

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    I do resistance training with my abs all the time and they aren't bulky. My stomach is smooth as a board.





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    Originally posted by P-funk
    I do resistance training with my abs all the time and they aren't bulky. My stomach is smooth as a board.
    Cool i was going to start adding weight to my ab routine but never did cause I figured the more weight you add to a muscle the bigger it will grow and I don't want bulky abs.Think i'm gonna try it now

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    I use weight for ab exercises. I do have a little fat covering my midsection, but it doesn't hang over my belt. My midsection has got very 'blocky'. No V-taper here.

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    I use weight for ab exercises. I do have a little fat covering my midsection, but it doesn't hang over my belt. My midsection has got very 'blocky'. No V-taper here.
    Is that bad? Are you saying you shouldn't use resistance? You can diet down to a v-taper. I can't figure out if your post is pro or con using resistance with ab training.





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    It is neither. I'm just saying that I'm not going for the v-taper, so I don't mind using weighted ab exercises. However, if you are looking for it, using weight may not be your best option because you're causing hypertrophy to that area. I suppose you could focus on widening the back and broadening the shoulders, but the muscle is only going to grow (naturally) so much.

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    widening the back and shoulders is the key.
    it is all about preception.





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    How often do you guys train abs?
    Because I'm not on an Atkins Diet nor would I ever do one. I'm a BB not a dieter! - Jodi

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    1-2 times a week usually. IF cutting 2-3 times a week. I know people who don't train abs at all until they are pre contest.





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    Originally posted by MeanCuts
    Are your abs bulky?
    If you mean, "are your abs big" then yes, they are 'bulky"
    In fact, from a side profile, my upper abs stick out just as much as my chest but thats partly genetic as well.
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    Scotty,

    What's your ab workout? I specifically am looking for resistance options for my lower abs.
    Because I'm not on an Atkins Diet nor would I ever do one. I'm a BB not a dieter! - Jodi

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    Originally posted by Scotty the Body
    If you mean, "are your abs big" then yes, they are 'bulky"
    In fact, from a side profile, my upper abs stick out just as much as my chest but thats partly genetic as well.


    post a pic!

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