Neglecting abs during bulking.

  • ShagonTheHate

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    Sep 15, 2009 2:48 PM GMT
    I asked some of the guys that have been going to the gym for a long time if it's ok to not do or do only little ab exercises during bulking and got really mixed answers. I'm kinda worried cause I neglected them during my bulk, I was always too tired from work and training to do them in the end. Now that I've started cutting (need to drop like 6-8 pounds) I've decided to do them regularly, but I'm worried that nothing will show cause I didn't even build that muscle during bulking (although small, they are still muscles like every other). I don't want really big abs or anything, just something subtle. I'm mainly worried on the estetical side, not the core strenght and stuff like that. So, can I expect positive changes or will I have to wait and do another small bulk to build sth there?
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    Sep 15, 2009 9:00 PM GMT
    DonĀ“t worry about the aesthetics. Worry about the core strength issue. If your core is strong you will have stunning abs when your body fat drops. My pics, including my main one, were all taken when I was in the mid teens or higher of body fat, but because my core muscles are so strong the shape shows through despite the pudge. When I drop body fat (this autumn) they will show even more as the basic structure of my core is very good.

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    Sep 15, 2009 10:55 PM GMT
    ShagonTheHate saidI asked some of the guys that have been going to the gym for a long time if it's ok to not do or do only little ab exercises during bulking and got really mixed answers. I'm kinda worried cause I neglected them during my bulk, I was always too tired from work and training to do them in the end. Now that I've started cutting (need to drop like 6-8 pounds) I've decided to do them regularly, but I'm worried that nothing will show cause I didn't even build that muscle during bulking (although small, they are still muscles like every other). I don't want really big abs or anything, just something subtle. I'm mainly worried on the estetical side, not the core strenght and stuff like that. So, can I expect positive changes or will I have to wait and do another small bulk to build sth there?


    Visible abs are a function of body fat levels. You can be 250# and lean and have great abs, or you can be tiny and have great abs. It's important to do some core work, whether you're a bit fat, or not, but, if you overwork your abs you'll end up with a thicker waist line. (It's o.k. to be strong, and stronger people get a bit bigger as a consequence.)

    Best to work your abs on a regular basis, just like everything else, to maintain balance, and to remain injury free.
  • jrs1

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    Sep 15, 2009 11:18 PM GMT

    ... at least you're bulking. I neglect my abs while ... um ... eating.