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    Building abdominal muscle mass

    hi people. i am 23, and had to take a year break from exercise due to injury.
    i am not overweight (6" tall about 170), but gained around 10 pounds i want to get rid of.
    a problem i've always had is that my ribs stick out - this means that my ab muscles are actually further "inward" than my ribs. this means that whenever i get skinnier, i have a dip between my ribs and my actual abs.
    i figured that the best solution would be to actually build a lot of ab mass.
    my problem is that my exercise routine includes abs every other day, but its nothing too focused.
    what should i do? should i focus on burning fat first and then increasing abdominal mass?
    or should i do a specific ab workout every so and so in addition to my normal training?

    thanks!
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    Perform abdominal movements with resistance.
    Bodybuilding is 60% training and 50% diet. Yes that adds up to 110%, because that's what you should be giving it. Change the inside, and the physique will follow.
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    Train them just like any other muscle, weighted and in the desired rep range.
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    ^^^ Add weight to your ab exercises.
    -weighted sit-ups
    -weighted leg raises
    -ab crunch machine

    Here is a good advanced exercise you can do:
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    Originally Posted by DJAuto View Post
    Perform abdominal movements with resistance.
    QFT. There are sooo many possibilities. Let me give you some ideas...

    -Turkish Get Up
    -Decilne weighted crunch
    -Weighted Carries (BRILLIANT underused core builder, think strongman abs)
    -Weight Vest walk around neighborhood... I have the 84lb xvest and it has noticeable increased my abdominal size just below at all angles below the chest. Basically made me thicker. It is pretty intense and cost $$, but no doubt it works.
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