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    Ab exercises make your stomach bigger? Huh :/

    One of the trainers at the gym told me that my doing ab exercises will just make my stomach stick out more . Is that true?
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    If you are bulking/and or an endo.

    Doesn't really matter, your stomach size is 90% about the amount of fat on your abs, not your ab muscles itself.
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    Originally Posted by Sistah7 View Post
    One of the trainers at the gym told me that my doing ab exercises will just make my stomach stick out more . Is that true?
    Like most trainers at Gyms, whoever told you that is boarderline mentally handicapped.

    Ab movements will strengthen your abs, they could cause your abdominal muscles to grow (albeit very sightly as they are not big muscles to start with). If you're fat and you add some volume to your abs, it could look like your stomach is sticking out more. It's not because of your abs though; it's because you're still fat.

    Some guys don't like to train obliques because when they grow, depending on the cut of your clothing, it can make you look fatter than you are. I think this is equally retarded.

    Bottom line: I'm not a big direct ab work guy for other reasons. But, I do beleive in working the core. If you don't, you'll be sorry later.

    Tell your trainer that he/she should find a different career path, maybe something that requires him to stretch his brain a bit.....perhaps cleaning out Horse Stables...
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    LOL okay thanks. I do want to strengthen my core so Ill just keep on doing what I'm going.
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    i do ab exercises and im cutting and the only thing its done is made me look leaner and harder in the stomach area, im also an endo.
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    Originally Posted by Cape1 View Post
    Like most trainers at Gyms, whoever told you that is boarderline mentally handicapped.

    Ab movements will strengthen your abs, they could cause your abdominal muscles to grow (albeit very sightly as they are not big muscles to start with). If you're fat and you add some volume to your abs, it could look like your stomach is sticking out more. It's not because of your abs though; it's because you're still fat.

    Some guys don't like to train obliques because when they grow, depending on the cut of your clothing, it can make you look fatter than you are. I think this is equally retarded.

    Bottom line: I'm not a big direct ab work guy for other reasons. But, I do beleive in working the core. If you don't, you'll be sorry later.

    Tell your trainer that he/she should find a different career path, maybe something that requires him to stretch his brain a bit.....perhaps cleaning out Horse Stables...
    This is almost an answer to my question...

    I am losing fat/weight I still have a gut.I do cardio 6 days a week and I'm lifting 5. I only do 1 exercise for abs every other day. Should I be doing more or waiting until I cut more fat to concentrate more on abs?
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    Originally Posted by Cape1 View Post
    Like most trainers at Gyms, whoever told you that is boarderline mentally handicapped.
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    Originally Posted by Cape1 View Post
    Like most trainers at Gyms, whoever told you that is boarderline mentally handicapped.

    Ab movements will strengthen your abs, they could cause your abdominal muscles to grow (albeit very sightly as they are not big muscles to start with). If you're fat and you add some volume to your abs, it could look like your stomach is sticking out more. It's not because of your abs though; it's because you're still fat.

    Some guys don't like to train obliques because when they grow, depending on the cut of your clothing, it can make you look fatter than you are. I think this is equally retarded.

    Bottom line: I'm not a big direct ab work guy for other reasons. But, I do beleive in working the core. If you don't, you'll be sorry later.

    Tell your trainer that he/she should find a different career path, maybe something that requires him to stretch his brain a bit.....perhaps cleaning out Horse Stables...
    In my earlier years, I used to not train abs because I didn't want my waist to get thick...silly I know, but it made sense to me back then :/
    This led to my abs not being as developed as the rest of my body so I had to play catchup for a while.
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    So should I be doing more ab exercises while I'm still losing fat or wait?
    Like I said I still need to drop 10-15 pounds of goo.

    I don't know when I should stop trying to lose weight and start trying to build muscle
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    If you do them incorrectly they can possibly affect your posture in a way that might cause your stomach to stick out a bit. Their is a muscle that sometimes gets neglected when doing ab exercise improperly that can remedy this (I think its the transverse abdominis? can't remember). Basically focus on pushing your belly button in towards your spine instead of out when doing your crunches etc and they will help you get that concave look.
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    Originally Posted by Phrankoff View Post
    So should I be doing more ab exercises while I'm still losing fat or wait?
    Like I said I still need to drop 10-15 pounds of goo.

    I don't know when I should stop trying to lose weight and start trying to build muscle
    Work your abs.
    If you work them out they will only get stronger. You just can't see them because they are covered in fat.
    Would you stop working your your biceps and triceps because there is fat around them? No. Not me at least.
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    Originally Posted by Joe HadEID View Post
    Work your abs.
    If you work them out they will only get stronger. You just can't see them because they are covered in fat.
    Would you stop working your your biceps and triceps because there is fat around them? No. Not me at least.
    I guess I never thought of it that way. After reading on the forums I have come to understand six packs, flat stomachs and whatnot are a result of not only dedication but body fat percentage. So I sort of put them on the wayside because I obviously have a high body fat percentage and need to lose more weight first.

    Part of me thought that my abs would be getting worked out from so much cardio, I suppose not so much.

    I will add on more exercises than just crunches next workout.

    Thanks for responding.
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    Originally Posted by Phrankoff View Post
    I guess I never thought of it that way. After reading on the forums I have come to understand six packs, flat stomachs and whatnot are a result of not only dedication but body fat percentage. So I sort of put them on the wayside because I obviously have a high body fat percentage and need to lose more weight first.

    Part of me thought that my abs would be getting worked out from so much cardio, I suppose not so much.

    I will add on more exercises than just crunches next workout.

    Thanks for responding.
    Well I never said that your statements are not true. I just answered your question on whether you should work them out or not.
    In the end, if you want to see abs, you got to lose the fat. So, yes, you are right. But that does not mean you shouldn't work them out.
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    I gained an inch on my waist and hips since I resumed lifting while losing 2% BF.
    I have been doing squats and deadlifts twice a week for the past 8 weeks though which I read attributes to a bigger waist.
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