Abs : Do's and Don'ts

  • FitnessFreak

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    Jul 06, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    Share your thoughts of what's worked for you and what is not worth the time and effort.

    I want to get my abs ripped. What are some things I should eat more of, what can I do at the gym to make them pop and what is not worth it? food wise and Rep wise what should I just stay away from?
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    Jul 06, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    With where your body's at right now, lighting and pose would make them pop more than anything.

  • Jul 06, 2012 10:24 AM GMT
    Crunches, crunches and more crunches work for me ^^
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    Jul 06, 2012 10:28 AM GMT
    1. Be born with good genes
    2. Pilates
    3. Crunches
    4. Don't eat anything fattening

    .....and most importantly write correct English: "dos and don'ts" not: "does and don'ts"

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    Jul 06, 2012 10:45 AM GMT
    Less carbs: cut back on alcohol and snack foods. Don't eat late at night. Drink plenty of water. Hit the gym and exercise abs about 3x per week in addition to your other workout.

    For me, it was almost all diet related. The abs were there, but the definition was hidden beneath a layer of flab.
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    Jul 06, 2012 10:52 AM GMT
    yeahim40 saidLess carbs: cut back on alcohol and snack foods. Don't eat late at night. Drink plenty of water. Hit the gym and exercise abs about 3x per week in addition to your other workout.

    For me, it was almost all diet related. The abs were there, but the definition was hidden beneath a layer of flab.
    Very effective quote yeahim40 so true, and not eating anything after 8pm. drink water during the night if u get hungry to curb your appetite.
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    Jul 06, 2012 10:54 AM GMT
    smartbart said

    .....and most importantly write correct English: "dos and don'ts" not: "does and don'ts"



    Amen. That was my first thought actually.
  • bad_wolf

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    Jul 06, 2012 10:59 AM GMT
    Russian twists and dorsal raises, it's all part of the core region and just as important to work the supporting groups as well as the abs themselves.
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    Jul 06, 2012 11:08 AM GMT
    yeahim40 saidLess carbs: cut back on alcohol and snack foods. Don't eat late at night. Drink plenty of water. Hit the gym and exercise abs about 3x per week in addition to your other workout.

    For me, it was almost all diet related. The abs were there, but the definition was hidden beneath a layer of flab.


    This is pretty dead on. While working your core helps, you won't see your abs if you have a layer of fat laying over top of them. Unlike muscle, you can't target fat loss. The best way to get your abs to show is to maintain a fairly strict high protein/low carb diet like either Paleo or Primal. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done.
  • tigrisblue

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    Jul 06, 2012 12:23 PM GMT
    Also, trying to bulk and shed at the same time is working at cross purposes. Some guys can manage the near-neurotic attention to numbers that is required to build significant muscle and keep fat limited at the same time, but that also has a lot to do with genes.

    Best to do the former, then the latter if that's the intent. Naturally, building less muscle/maintaining and shedding at the same time is somewhat more easy. Just make sure you know what your goals are so you don't end up wasting time/energy/money trying to do too many things at once.
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    Jul 06, 2012 12:26 PM GMT
    A relatively minor one -

    Maintain good posture. Can still do a surprising amount for you.
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    Jul 06, 2012 12:36 PM GMT
    Diet diet diet... Oh yeah, diet!
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    Jul 06, 2012 12:40 PM GMT
    when you do abs, don't just do one ab exercise because it won't work ALL the abdominal muscles. look online for exercises that work the upper abs, middle abs, and lower abs, and all as well.
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    Jul 06, 2012 12:46 PM GMT
    All this advice has been good, ill just add something I originally gleaned from a RJ article years ago- variety is key. The core (abs) consists of many complex muscles- just think how many ways you can twist n bend at the middle! You need to hit em all.

    So if you want em looking amazing, you have to work all of them, and that means that going many different exercises for a few reps each will trump 1000 monotonous crunches any day. Also keep in mind thst muscles become tolerant to repetitive stress.... So change things up!

    Consider bicycle kicks, plank holds, lemon squeezes, side crunches, leg lifts, incline sit-ups, '100s,' etc...
  • mybud

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    Jul 06, 2012 1:41 PM GMT
    Abs are made in the kitchen...diet..diet...diet
  • ak77

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    Jul 06, 2012 2:09 PM GMT


    Agree ......diet in every way, for abs.

    Oh also, correct english is does and don'ts as the OP stated.

    American english is dos and don'ts.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 06, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    You can do 1000 crunches a day, but if your diet isn't in check they will always be hidden under a blanket of fat. Limit carbs, portion control, and cardio (even if it's only 15-to-20 minutes a day)
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    Jul 06, 2012 2:36 PM GMT
    Crunches, Reverse crunches, planks, oblique crunches, side planks

    Squats with weights, running "eagle style"..

    Pilates, Yoga, working my back also builds core strength.

    To have abs "pop" I usually up my morning cardio to boost my metabolism through the day, reduce my carb intake slightly and do a workout before dinner..
  • trl_

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    Jul 06, 2012 2:38 PM GMT
    does is the present tense singular form of the verb "to do"

    "Does he know how to spell?"

    Dos is probably a better choice
    /trolling
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    Jul 06, 2012 2:57 PM GMT
    Seems like the abs threads always turn into an "inner beauty" vs. "outer beauty" flame war. So, to preempt that here, make sure you want abs for the "right" reason. Do you only want them to look good? Then, (in my best Soup Nazi voice) "No abs for you!" icon_evil.gif

    Seriously, though. From my experience it's about eating clean, getting enough cardio, and doing a variety of exercises. Advice: Unless you want an ab gut, don't add too much weight to your crunches. That is all.
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    Jul 06, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    ncgardner1991 saidwhen you do abs, don't just do one ab exercise because it won't work ALL the abdominal muscles. look online for exercises that work the upper abs, middle abs, and lower abs, and all as well.


    Which as Czarodziej says in one post on, it's better to think about at the "core." This would also include obliques and lower back exercises as well as the transverse abdominis which falls behind the rectus abdominis, or what we commonly refer to as the six-pack or abs.
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    Jul 06, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    Don't eat fried food, ever
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    Jul 06, 2012 3:14 PM GMT
    I just had two eggs, two peices of whole wheat toast and two pieces of center cut bacon. Hence, I have no abs nor will I ever.
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    Jul 07, 2012 12:00 AM GMT
    onejock saidDon't eat fried food, ever


    Good advice.
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    Jul 07, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    Cut out sugars and carbs. Drink a lot of water (with a whole lime squeezed into each glass for me personally, to alleviate boredom) and do your cardio. And I echo the fried foods advice above me here.