Abs and misc...

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    Jun 27, 2007 5:12 PM GMT
    I know that when you work out a major muscle, you have to give it 48 hours or so to rest before you work it out again.

    Are your abs the same or can you work them out more often?

    I have very strong abs, and I can feel my six pack but I cannot see it because of a very small layer or flab I guess... Is there anyway to get rid of that flab so I can see my abs.... BUT - I am trying to bulk up right now. Do I have to wait until after I've bulked up and start toning the rest of my body to do anything about my stomatch?

    Any help would be helpful.
  • Vordhosbn

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    Jun 27, 2007 10:43 PM GMT
    Yes, I'm in the same boat. Would like to hear other people's thoughts.

    It's all a matter of diet, from what I've been told. You eat a lot of caleries with protien and complex carbs to build up. If you're trying to gain weight, your best bet is to eat a lot, and expext to gain a little bit of fat along with muscles. THEN when you reach your ideal weight, start lowering the amount of caleries while keeping the amount of protien and carbs at about the same level.

    That's my plan at least. I'm still about 10-15 lbs away from my ideal weight. Once I reach 175-180, I'll begin my "cutting phase"
  • Vordhosbn

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    Jun 27, 2007 10:44 PM GMT
    Also, best time to do ab workouts is in the morning as soon as you wake up.
  • mcwclewis

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    Jun 27, 2007 11:19 PM GMT
    About the morning workout thing.... if you're trying to bulk up, don't do ANY excercise with an empty stomach. Eat breakfast, or at least a protein shake or something.
  • mcwclewis

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    Jun 27, 2007 11:20 PM GMT
    By the way, crazy guy, your abs look pretty damn good.
  • DiverScience

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    Jun 28, 2007 12:04 AM GMT
    If you can feel your six-pack then working them out will not help you. You'll have to reduce your bodyfat to make them show more, simple as that.

    But in answer to the first question, abs are different than most other muscles you work out. ThHey aren't *a* muscle (like say... a hamstring) but a group of small muscles. Their purpose and design is also different. They are focused less on moving things than they are at stabilizing and holding things. Which means you're working them out all day every day, just by standing/sitting/walking/leaning/etc. So yes, you can work them out more often, just don't overwork them. If they're sore, give them a break.
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    Jun 28, 2007 3:47 AM GMT
    Yeah abs are an everyday core stabalizing muscle. Sneezing, coughing, bending, sitting, almost everything you do will use your abs.

    As such, and from what I've read, you can work them out everyday. But, like DiverScience said, you're going to want to be careful of overworking them.

    Also, being an ectomorphic body type you're going to have to have a small layer of "flab" over your abs if you want to grow muscle elsewhere. I've faced this same problem. If you want to build muscle, you need to get your weight up and you usually end up with a light cover over the ole washboard. It's just a trade-off you face. Of coarse you can always gain some weight, build some muscle, then slim down on the unwanted pounds...and ta da! You've got abs that make John Basedow look like Kirstie Alley before Jenny Craig. Yikes.
  • Vordhosbn

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    Jun 29, 2007 12:50 AM GMT
    John Basedow scares the Bejesus out of me!
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    Jun 29, 2007 3:24 AM GMT
    Abs and calves are both groups of muscles.

    Also, yes John Basedow is on my list of the 10 scariest men alive.
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    Jun 29, 2007 4:14 AM GMT
    yes! John Basedow is scary is all get out!
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    Jun 29, 2007 4:21 AM GMT
    "...yes! John Basedow is scary is all get out..."

    He's scary looking because there is something off...and it may be that his face his botoxed to a mask or something. He's got a great body, though.

    Once again, I agree with litally.

    I sure see your abs in your picture. Are you being hypercritical of yourself?

    I want to courteously disagree with a poster below who suggested that you have to accept some flab to build muscle.

    If you work your caloric intake well enough, and make sure you also burn lots of calories, you will lose the fat, and gain the muscle.

  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 29, 2007 5:34 AM GMT
    Look again liltally said it best... and basedow looks like a human preying mantis?? WTF?? yeeecch spit.
  • GQjock

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    Jul 01, 2007 4:25 PM GMT
    yes ...you can work abs more often without them being overtrained
    try using them as a warm up or a cool down everyday
    but remember ... getting abs trained and seeing them are 2 different things