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Old 01-10-2011, 04:19 PM   #4
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1) What are your favorite exercises for building abs thickness?
Everything that lets u use a heavy weight and a free rom (no ab machines please!)


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2) Do you have any favorite abs workouts, yours or a workout by another athlete?
I like doing Cable crunches to near failure (10-15 reps) and directly afterwards some bw exercise to failure for 3-5 sets, short rested.
3 sets of very high incline situps, almost vertical with a slow negative and explosive contraction, 10-15 reps.

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3) What do you feel are the biggest myths about abs, having great abs, developing abs, whatever...???
*That doing 300 bw crunches a day will get you a six pack. I havent tried it but its no different from other muscles - it reacts to progressive overload much better than to repeated motion in terms of growth.


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4) Do you have any abs-related training or dieting tips, tricks, etc.?
I work my abs mostly to get a good posture and to get abpressure up and stabilize my lower back while squatting and deadlifting, thats the purpose and its a core stabilizing muscle. Squatting, deadlifting, OHP, powercleans etc etc will target your abs in a way or another. Lots of compound movement will and i have experienced ab soreness without doing any direct ab work several times.

With this said, i belive that incorporating direct abwork into your heavy routine is a good thing, but it should not be focused upon. If your dieting and lifting heavy, and losing bf while, adding 10-15 mins of weighted abwork a couple of times a week, that will be enough imo.
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