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Old 02-26-2013, 03:34 PM   #21
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I disagree completely. If you perform a multitude of other lifts AND have a decent diet, the abs will come. I don't have abs because I'm a genetic freak. I wouldn't even consider myself a freak at all honestly; I can get fat just like anybody else, and I've been "smooth" during lazy periods. I have abs because I do a CRAP LOAD of lower body/leg work and have low body fat. It has nothing to do with direct ab work. I have a "strong core" because I spend a lot of time doing things that REQUIRE the core to become stronger to perform (..handstands, flips, and all sorts of stuff........as well as the important lifts).

I will hold my opinion until after my "eat everything in sight diet" is over. In about 2 months I'm going to eat much cleaner and do a lot of lower body work, more metcon etc. So I'll be the guinea pig. I will still do a little ab work during the week but nothing crazy. Things like toes to bar one day, sit ups another etc. Nothing that will take more than 5 minutes of direct ab work.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:36 PM   #22
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I think that the shape of your abdominals and how they look when stripped of fat are truly a genetic thing. Some people have a very unattractive abdominal section despite being lean, and there is nothing that they can do to alter that. Hanging knee raises, etc. are useless to me when I can front squat or dead lift and have my entire core hit just as hard, if not harder, and cause growth in other areas of my body.

Compound training WILL develop an aesthetic body, but HOW your muscle looks is genetic. In fact, you stand to effect more bodily change with compound movements than focusing strictly on isolation movements. However, isolation movements are great for a specific emphasis, especially where very small muscle groups are concerned.
I agree. Just like how I've pretty much accepted my calfs will be "small" for life, yet they are strong and defined. The muscle belly is as large as it will get, aesthetically speaking.

The article I linked discuses what you are talking about (ratio of muscle to tendon lengths etc.)

Just like you can't make an ugly face into a good looking one, you can't ultimately change the way your body is constructed.

Edit: plastic surgery doesn't count
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:44 PM   #23
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I will hold my opinion until after my "eat everything in sight diet" is over. In about 2 months I'm going to eat much cleaner and do a lot of lower body work, more metcon etc. So I'll be the guinea pig. I will still do a little ab work during the week but nothing crazy. Things like toes to bar one day, sit ups another etc. Nothing that will take more than 5 minutes of direct ab work.

Just remember, I squatted A LOT (...both volume and weight) for years. I mean A LOT! No dead lifts, no front squats (..which led to under-developed vastus medialis and vastus lateralis muscles that are desperately trying to play catch-up to the other over-developed quad muscles) ......only back squats. My body is representative of that.

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Old 02-26-2013, 03:45 PM   #24
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I agree. Just like how I've pretty much accepted my calfs will be "small" for life, yet they are strong and defined. The muscle belly is as large as it will get, aesthetically speaking.

The article I linked discuses what you are talking about (ratio of muscle to tendon lengths etc.)

Just like you can't make an ugly face into a good looking one, you can't ultimately change the way your body is constructed.

Edit: plastic surgery doesn't count
lol I always loved that one. when someone would say I want my chest shaped like this...

No dude. You're shape is your shape. You can make muscle grow or shrink but the shape of it is pretty much not going to change.

Like my bicep for example. It doesn't extend all the way to the fold in my inner elbow like a lot of people so if I have a longer tshirt on it would appear that my arms are little sticks. But just a few inches above you can see my bicep. I would love to connect my bi to my elbow crease but it's not happening without some kind of crazy surgery
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I still think that to have a great core in both looks and function, adding in ab work is the way to go. In before the freak of nature m3inline6 rolls up and says he doesn't work core and has a 6 pack therefore proving ab work is a waste.
There are a lot of components involved in the core. I will do pike saws and full core workouts, but never isolate my abs. I've been telling people that for years
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There are a lot of components involved in the core. I will do pike saws and full core workouts, but never isolate my abs. I've been telling people that for years

^^This!
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:53 PM   #27
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There are a lot of components involved in the core. I will do pike saws and full core workouts, but never isolate my abs. I've been telling people that for years
so would toes to bar, ab mat sit ups, mountain climbers, and weighted roman chair sit ups be something you'd approve of. Those are pretty much all I do for abs and it's usually two of them maybe once a week.
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What are you comparing your analysis up against? Have you compound lifted for an extended period of time in order to have something to measure your "once a week ab workout" up against?
My analysis? I dunno wat u talkin bout brudduh.

If I do sit-ups I do sit-ups. They aren't really planned, nor is there more than 1-2 sets.

I do the big 3 lifts.
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My analysis? I dunno wat u talkin bout brudduh.

If I do sit-ups I do sit-ups. They aren't really planned, nor is there more than 1-2 sets.

I do the big 3 lifts.

That's exactly my point. 1-2 sets is supposed to accomplish what exactly? How is that working out for you?

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Old 02-26-2013, 04:59 PM   #30
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LOL. I agree with you man, you didn't see my previous post?
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:01 PM   #31
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LOL. I agree with you man, you didn't see my previous post?
I forgot my smiley. LOL!
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