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Old 04-26-2004, 04:40 PM   #1
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Question Ab Development

I've been having a bit of trouble with my ab's lately...

For a long time I've been doing crunches on a machine, about 3 sets of 10 repetitions, starting at 130 pounds and increasing 5 pounds per set. This seems good for me, and I have a flat stomach and visible musculature.

I also do situps outside of the machine on an incline bench: 3 sets of 20 reps. Sometimes more.

(I weigh 140 pounds, and am 5 foot 11 inches tall.)

I do this almost every day, yet I don't have the level of definition I was hoping for. I have a "six-pack", but the developed muscles at times are difficult to see, and I would really like more definition then I have at the moment...

What could I do to further my ab development and increase my definition? Any other exercises I could consider? At times I suspect my muscles are getting too used to the exercise and getting lazy again!

Thanks in advance for all the useful tips that I may receive

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Old 04-26-2004, 05:48 PM   #2
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Re: Ab Development

You might want to adjust your diet to help more lower bodyfat

 
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Old 04-27-2004, 05:26 AM   #3
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Re: Ab Development

Hmm... well I don't see excessive fat intake in my diet anywhere. I'm a vegitarian, and so I usually eat salad or other variety of vegetables. I also eat fish on occassions when I can get my hands on some, it's usually Salmon.

My knowledge of diet isn't incredibly extensive, but I don't think what I eat is too unhealthy

 
Old 04-27-2004, 06:35 AM   #4
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Re: Ab Development

Definition is down to bodyfat percentage. If you have too much body fat, the muscle under the fat won't show through. Although you may already have low body fat, it may not be low enough to see the kind of abdominal definition you're looking for.

WRT your diet, even if you're eating healthily, too much healthy food will still stop you from losing body fat. Look at your cals in vs cals out. You need to be in a deficit of about 500 cals. Too far under maintenance and you'll be losing alot of muscle, so be careful.

 
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