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How does one get abs of steel anyway?
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Sep 20, 2003, 10:41 PM
 
We all have Abs of steel.

Most just have a layer of protective fat over them.

You can ask this guy for some help:
http://www.fitnessmadesimple.com/
     
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THE FLUTTER KICK! IN CADENCE...


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Sep 20, 2003, 10:57 PM
 
Originally posted by Uday's Carcass:
THE FLUTTER KICK! IN CADENCE...

how bout the "Hello dolly!!"
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Originally posted by Sandbaggins:
how bout the "Hello dolly!!"
I don't know that one. Is it like T-bone?

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Sep 21, 2003, 02:10 AM
 
Genetics play the biggest role. Some people can work out 24/7 and drop down to low single digit body fat percentages and still can't get a true 6 pack because of their genetic disposition.

But if you must try... get on a cardio program to lose excess body fat. That should take 2-4 months if you aren't a lard ass. Then hit the weights. You'll need to work on your trunk to strengthen your overall body. Squats, deadlifts, lower back work, and abdomen workouts. Then after your torso is solid you should work out the limbs and upper body, There will be no point in attempting to get ripped abs if your upper body is a skinny and undefined mass of goo. It will also help in framing your abdominal region. This will put you at about 12-18 months.
During this entire time: your diet should be adjusted to lower your fat intake and carbs should be lowered progressively. As carbs are lowered protein should be increased. The total caloric intake will depend on your body size, intensity of your workout program, and the phase of training you are in.

If you can get this far and stick to your workout program you should be able to handle ab workouts 4 times a week. Hanging leg lifts, crunches, and knee ups will be the main core of your program here. But don't ignore specific target exercises like using a roman chair and other things to hit the obliques. Slow and controlled will get you farther than just jerking around out of exhaustion.

Personally, I never obsessed about my abs. My body fat % was never of concern to me and I was more focused on overall strength and mass. I did do some work to get shape around my abs but that level of definition was a waste of time in my opinion.

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cardio and dieting
     
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Sep 21, 2003, 07:03 AM
 
I used to have a six-pack.

Then I went to University and started drinking excessively.
     
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Originally posted by willed:
I used to have a six-pack.

Then I went to University and started drinking excessively.
me too



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Sep 21, 2003, 02:34 PM
 
a six pack isnt made in the gym, its made in the kitchen

eat smart, guys can afford to be a little less lenient but stay away from packaged carbs and fats....if its in a box, try not to eat it. eat lots of salad, and lean steak. thats what did it for me
     
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Diet, diet, exercise, and CARDIO CARDIO CARDIO
     
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Abs of steel in 3 easy steps:
1) Purchase steel
2) Remove abs
3) Insert steel
     
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Sep 21, 2003, 05:51 PM
 
How to get Abs Of Steel, in 3 Easy Steps

1) Slice belly from solar plexus to groin
2) Insert 6 steel bands
3) There's no step 3!
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Sep 22, 2003, 08:38 AM
 
I uh, actually posted the topic line as a sort of a dumb joke. A friend of mine would keep jumping out of places, or out from boxes and shout either "Buns! of Steeeeel!!!" or "Abs! of Steeeel!" I currently have them seeking professional psychiatric help.

I really do appreciate all the useful info, as well as the not-so-useful info. -insert six steel bands, what about heavy metal bands? Would this set off the airport scanning system?

Lately, I've been considering whether or not to puchase a bowflex. A couple days ago, I almost dropped a free-weight on my foot. I kindof like my feet, so I don't want duck feet or worse due to a forty-pound weight falling onto them.Does anybody know anything about this product?
     
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Sep 22, 2003, 08:59 AM
 
Originally posted by beb:
I uh, actually posted the topic line as a sort of a dumb joke. A friend of mine would keep jumping out of places, or out from boxes and shout either "Buns! of Steeeeel!!!" or "Abs! of Steeeel!" I currently have them seeking professional psychiatric help.

I really do appreciate all the useful info, as well as the not-so-useful info. -insert six steel bands, what about heavy metal bands? Would this set off the airport scanning system?

Lately, I've been considering whether or not to puchase a bowflex. A couple days ago, I almost dropped a free-weight on my foot. I kindof like my feet, so I don't want duck feet or worse due to a forty-pound weight falling onto them.Does anybody know anything about this product?
My dad got one of those TotalGym things (forget the model):
http://www.totalgym.com/products/

It's actually pretty good. Like the bowflex, just not has weight intensive. You use your own body weight. So as you build muscle (which has lots of weight)... you lift more by definition. You can also adjust the incline to get more weight.
     
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Sep 22, 2003, 09:05 AM
 
if you want abs of steel—a six pack that is defined—follow capt obvious' advice. diet down and then use weights for ab exercises. genetics may not grant you the six pack, but abs of steel can be had. listen to the capt, cause any other way really doesn't work. you need to use weight no matter what anyone tells you to build larger ab muscles. you wont see them unless you diet down first and then build from there. if you just want to look ripped I suppose you could just diest down and do body weight ab work, but your ab muscles wont grow.
     
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Sep 22, 2003, 09:13 AM
 
How does one get abs of steel anyway?
Exercise.
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Sep 22, 2003, 09:56 AM
 
Originally posted by beb:


Lately, I've been considering whether or not to puchase a bowflex. A couple days ago, I almost dropped a free-weight on my foot. I kindof like my feet, so I don't want duck feet or worse due to a forty-pound weight falling onto them.Does anybody know anything about this product?
Yeah, they work to a degree. But long before you reach that point you will get bored with it. The same goes for any machine you see sold on TV. Good old free weights are always your best bet unless you have a recurring injury that requires you to use a machine that limits the range of movement.
If you have room for it get a bench or station with a cable set up. One that lets you switch the pulley to a few locations. You can do cable curls, lat pulldowns, cable rows, some press downs, and a load of other good exercises.
If you don't want to get that then invest in some new plates in the heavier area you use. New good ones have handles built into the plates so you don't drop them and they are easier to use for other exercises.
For the cost you are better off not getting a bowflex, soloflex, or any other machine of the like (treadmill not included in that.)

Or just join a gym. Its a fraction of the cost and offers everything you could possibly use.

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Sep 22, 2003, 10:00 AM
 
Originally posted by John B. Smith:
Diet, diet, exercise, and CARDIO CARDIO CARDIO
Yes, yes, and not always.
If the person asking was a male 5'10" and 130 pounds then cardio is only useful at the start of the program and then maybe once or twice a week thereafter. Too much cardio on someone like that will burn too many calories that they need to maintain and build mucle mass.

So it depends a lot on the person.

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Sep 22, 2003, 10:12 AM
 
Originally posted by beb:
Lately, I've been considering whether or not to puchase a bowflex. A couple days ago, I almost dropped a free-weight on my foot. I kindof like my feet, so I don't want duck feet or worse due to a forty-pound weight falling onto them.
Try a Bullworker. Cheap, and they do work.
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Sep 22, 2003, 12:44 PM
 
OK, seriously, abs of steel ain't uncommonly hard. If it's visibility and surface tone you're looking for, you have to have low body fat in the area.
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