Can training my abs make me look fat?
Ok, it may sound stupid but let me explain. I've been training for around 5 months and I've been making gains in all departments - my arms and shoulders are larger, my chest has become more defined, and my stomach, although when I tense my abs them I can feel that they are rock hard, still looks fat. I'm very pleased with my body's appearance is developing, but the 'belly' spoils it all.
I know having a '6-Pack' is all down to body fat %. I don't know what mine is - I know it's too high for developing a 6-pack, but this isn't what I want. Although I've become good at controlling my diet, I'm not focusing on getting my BF% down that low. What I want (for now) is getting my torso into a V-shape - wide shoulders, chest/back and a tapering waist.
Anyway, to get to my point, I've started to think that (because I don't have an insanely low BF%), by training my abs I am making my lower torso wider, which is not what I want for a V-shaped torso.
So is this reasoning correct? Should I turn down my ab training so that in contrast my chest will stick out more?
Or will it look rediculous? Should I try to get my BF% down so that my abs show through?
Thanks to all who can answer this :thumb:
can training my abs make me look fat
Not really, the most likeliest cause is visceral fat. Lower you body-fat percentage through dieting and high intensity interval training and abs specific and core exercises, which tighten the stomach. Try an exercise called the abdominal vacuum which will pull your abs inwards.
Check out this article for tips... Using Isometric Exercises for Abdominal training | The LoveSexyAbs Blog