Crunches aren't working... or are they?

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    Oct 24, 2012 8:12 PM GMT
    I've been doing crunches for some time now but it looks like it's only making my belly a little more projected forward instead of looking good. I'm thinking it's because I'm gaining muscles but not burning any fat in there.

    I know I'm supposed to lower my body fat % to have a sixpack but I'm afraid that if I do that I'll look even more skinny than I already am. Having a sixpack isn't worth looking like a scarecrow. I just don't want to have a belly that is bigger than my chest.

    What should I do? Should I do a different exercise?

    PS: I don't do cardio at all. Even when I used to do it, it was only for like 10 minutes because I'm an ectomorph. I can lose weight VERY quickly and I avoid anything that promotes weight loss.

    PS 2: All my workout routine is done at home and I won't have a chance to join a gym until 2013. So I can't use any machines for now, just basic workout.
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    Oct 25, 2012 2:08 AM GMT
    I am also like you, I am 5'7" and 140 lbs, trust me you have to do cardio, it will definitely help you lose belly fat. If you do cardio, you will feel lighter and more energetic and your muscles from arms, chest, legs will pop more, and overall you will look better.
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    Oct 25, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    "Abs are made in the kitchen."

    -Almost every personal trainer and nutritionist.
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    Oct 29, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    paulflexes said"Abs are made in the kitchen."

    -Almost every personal trainer and nutritionist.


    very very true.
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    Oct 29, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    Abs will be the last muscle group to show. As mentioned above, 'abs are made in the kitchen'. Hence they are diet related.

    However, in order to show muscles you need to have some showy muscles in the first place. Doing endless crunches wont help. Treat your abs like any other muscle group. Also work you whole body. Larger muscle groups initiate a bigger growth response.
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    Oct 29, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    TellMeMoar saidAbs will be the last muscle group to show. As mentioned above, 'abs are made in the kitchen'. Hence they are diet related.

    However, in order to show muscles you need to have some showy muscles in the first place. Doing endless crunches wont help. Treat your abs like any other muscle group. Also work you whole body. Larger muscle groups initiate a bigger growth response.


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