I am driving myself CRAZY! Why the heck dont I have defined abs? What am I doing wrong!

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    Mar 26, 2009 1:12 AM GMT
    I am driving myself CRAZY! Why the heck dont I have defined abs? What am I doing wrong!

    Does anyone have any pointers/tips or secrets to getting well definied abs? I have been doing crunches for a few months now and have seen no results! icon_sad.gif I am consistantly doing crunches. I meen, all types of crunches! Regular ones, elbow to the opposite knee ones, I lay flat and just lift my legs, what else should I be doing? icon_question.gif Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!! PLEASE!!!! I am to poor to get a trainer and I NEED some advice!
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    Mar 26, 2009 10:37 PM GMT
    Diet diet diet! you can not spot reduce. So you are building great abs under fat. You must cut it, cardio, and diet.
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    Mar 26, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    EMSman saidDiet diet diet! you can not spot reduce. So you are building great abs under fat. You must cut it, cardio, and diet.

    Yeah, there's some body fat percentage that you have to have before your abs will show. I think it's like 5-7%, but I'm not sure. Good luck!
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    Mar 26, 2009 10:49 PM GMT
    I think it's less than 10%

    Check into pilates abs workouts, and core exercises which use your stabilizer muscles (stability ball stuff, planks). Your abs like every other muscle need at least 48 hours to recuperate from your last hard workout. People don't expect to see bulging biceps working them daily...you shouldn't expect to see ripped abs by working them daily either.

    Watch what you eat, but eat enough so your metabolism's constantly churning.

    And chill out about it. Stress can factor into weight. You look fine to me as is. Nothing magical's going to happen with a 6 pack except that you'll have a 6 pack which is nice to look at and stuff. But it's not really worth obsessing over.
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    Mar 26, 2009 11:15 PM GMT
    generally its less then 10% of body fat when people really start to see more definition in their abs. It is also a big genetic factor, but have a damn good diet, lower your body fat percent, and you'll eventually get there.

    (my %bf is naturally 5-6% i've always been like this even with a year of eating 4000 calories a day, and i've always had the definition, but i'd like to be able to build them up more).

    basically just keep working out, and watch your diet, and it will take a while, but you'll succeed.

    oh and make sure you're getting LOTS of sleep, or are resting plenty, since that is when you burn the most of your calories.
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    Mar 27, 2009 3:36 AM GMT
    Put down the girl scout cookies, fatty.
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    Mar 27, 2009 3:43 AM GMT
    To echo what everyone else is saying...I changed my diet about 3 years ago, and that's when my abs started to pop out.
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    Mar 27, 2009 3:45 AM GMT
    burn the fat before you do strength training otherwise your abs will be strong but not visible.
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    Mar 27, 2009 3:55 AM GMT
    what are these abs you speak of