How long does it take?

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    Dec 17, 2007 11:33 PM GMT
    I know this question is semi-pointless since it varies on the individual and how much s/he does. But I'm gonna ask it anyway or rather maybe you can answer it this way.

    What did you do? and how long did it take? to start seeing real results for flattening the stomach and getting nicer abs?
  • gymingit

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    Dec 18, 2007 1:46 AM GMT
    I've lost 95 lbs in the last year. I've done it the proper way, so no flabby extra skin. There is no spot reducing exercise, so you have to lose it all over. So if you're working the abs (and doesn't like you've got a lot to worry about), then just hit the protein and watch your carbs. Cutting, I believe is the word.
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    Dec 18, 2007 1:56 AM GMT
    i was nothing my freshman year in H.S. I build a bench press that summer vacation and next fall after gaining 15 lbs of muscle I got some real respect on Campus.
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    Dec 18, 2007 1:57 AM GMT
    yeah my build is decent and i def dont need to lose weight i just need to firm up there, why would more protein be good for abs? i wish there was a machine that just sucked out 6 pax lol.
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    Dec 18, 2007 2:12 AM GMT
    Abs are proving to be a bitch. I know they're there. I can feel them & I can do ab exercies until the cows come home. (what the hell does that mean exactly??)

    It seems that seeing your abs is down to body fat percentage & unfortunately for men the fat on our stomaches is the last to go.

    You might just have that six pack already but it's hiding behind a layer of fat. Losing weight is not necessarily the same as losing fat. Maybe do lots of planks, side planks, hanging leg raises & crunches & up the cardio to burn off some fat? And be patient !!
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    Dec 18, 2007 2:17 AM GMT
    haha patience is hard, yeah i know the 6 pack is tehre i see it in the mornings but as the day goes by it progressively dissapears lol.
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    Dec 18, 2007 3:20 AM GMT
    8 months for me. My goal for this summer is to have Adonis' belt. I'll let you know.
    Joe
  • GQjock

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    Dec 18, 2007 11:08 AM GMT
    It all depends on how much you really want it

    ...and the point from where you start from
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    Dec 18, 2007 6:58 PM GMT
    I started doing crunches in April, and cardio everyday. I lost 20 ibs., and with the crunches could see results within 1-2 weeks.
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    Dec 18, 2007 7:05 PM GMT
    I have 131 pounds until I reach goal. It seems like a million years away.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 20, 2007 4:12 PM GMT
    I agree with GQ on this one. Also, it has alot more to do with diet and genetics than people think!!
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    Dec 20, 2007 5:52 PM GMT
    I believe fat has little to do with genetics in most cases. I think there are a few exceptions. Look to other parts of the world where obesity is extremely rare.

    I believe for 99% of people weight is a diet issue. The more greens and less meat/dairy and processed food products, the better off you will be.
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    Dec 20, 2007 9:18 PM GMT
    Well, Im an Exercise Science major here at the University of South Carolina and my focus is Health Fitness. Guys hold more fat/adipose tissue through the lower torso whereas women carry more of it through the hips and upper legs. Its just the way the male and female bodys are designed. Abs are a bitch to get "perfect." I was killing myself doing about 400-500 reps of abs A DAY at one time bc I was so self concious about my stomach. I still dont have a ripped sculpted stomach the way I want it and it is probably bc my eating habits are not that good. And genetics do play a role in your body composition whether youre an ectomorph, mesomorph, etc. Its just depends what you were handed in the gene pool. But my opinion on abs is: eat plenty of protein (tuna, chicken, etc) and knock the abs out in the gym until exhaustion. You'll see the best results when you max any muscle out to total max. Dont fret over it though. With anything, it just takes time. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 20, 2007 11:54 PM GMT
    Hmmmm, some say, the fat over your muscle is what obscures them from view so the fantasy six pack we all dream about really exist, but is hidden.

    I'm inclined to agree with the latter group that says, just like any muscle, the abs must be built to be seen. I second that notion because I was never fat, before I started lifting I had no abs at all and no fat hardly on me, I was sixteen and a slender lil devil.

    However, my abs were built way before I even touched a weight because my mother made me (thanks mom) do serious yard work without the aid of anything electric. We had a huge yard and she made me keep it beautified with just a rake, a shovel, and an old hoe to keep me.

    After you've swung a hoe a couple times, you'll find that your whole body burns. But for me, I had the most intense burning in my abs.

    I also know that the bending over and picking up of heavy bags of leaves and grass I had to do built up my back and abs. So, long story short, by the time I turned twenty and stepped into a gym, I stepped in with a completely ripped back and abs.

    Guess the one thing you can take from me is, I don't believe in gym bodies. I think it starts in your life: at your house, in your yard, on your car...just work. The only reason I go to a gym anyway is just to preen and add to my fan club. Ripped abs and bulging biceps start at home.

    The good news, I had abs within less than six months after I started swingin that hoe.
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    Dec 23, 2007 12:06 AM GMT
    Hmmm I aint got no hoes lol, I am not sure what around the house I can do to work my abs. I'll think about it.