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    Can see my rib cage - how to stop this?

    Im eating alot, but I can still see my rib cage (just the the sides of my pecs). Will this go away if I keep on eating loads, or is there an excercise to build the muscle in this area?

    Im a newbie so please be gentle.

    Ive just researched it and its the "Serratus Anterior" im looking to build up. Anyone know any excercises that are good for this? I don't like doing push ups very much (i just find em boring and hard, lol).
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    I have the same problem, I hate being able to see my ribs because when I stick my chest out, my ribs come before my chest muscles. The only cure as far as I know is to build your chest up more, and also your serratus anterior, but there aren't THAT many exercises that focus on your serratus because it gets used in quite a few lifts. Just keep eating, lifting, focus on your chest a little more, and your ribs should be reduced a bit from view. Otherwise, it ALL has to do with genetics, and your bones aren't gonna move anywhere. Good luck dude
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    Tips on how to tie in the intercostals and serratus anterior muscles:
    • These muscles in the upper sides of the torso really please the crowd, so developing these can really please the judges.
    • Any kind of crunching workout will hit these, especially twisting crunches where you bring your elbow to the opposite knee in a slow controlled movement there and back.
    • Adding twists to the many variations of crunches will develop these into ripped striations of muscle!

    On top of that just make sure you eat clean, but take in plenty of protein and GOOD fats. If you are having a problem gaining, try adding more calories to your diet.

    The site has lots of great articles. Read through them, you will find answers to many questions you might not have even thought of.
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    Originally Posted by quagmire2
    Im eating alot, but I can still see my rib cage (just the the sides of my pecs). Will this go away if I keep on eating loads, or is there an excercise to build the muscle in this area?

    Im a newbie so please be gentle.

    Ive just researched it and its the "Serratus Anterior" im looking to build up. Anyone know any excercises that are good for this? I don't like doing push ups very much (i just find em boring and hard, lol).
    Hmm, i dont think you have to worry to much. Im a hardgainer and i had the same problem when i started. Except you could see more than just a few ribs. All you need to do is keep lifting like you normally would. Make sure you eat enough in order to fuel your new muscle growth and eventually the new pounds your packing on will cover up those ribs. Just give it time bud.
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    How much is a lot?
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    Originally Posted by momotheglutton
    How much is a lot?
    I sure hope it's not starvin marvin a lot
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    Hey there is an old wrestling workout that specifically excersices those muscles near your ribs....its hard to explain bear with me.....you take a dumbell and lay on a bench like you are doing the chest pull overs(head on 1 side...rest of body on other...)and as you pull over do sort of a crunch....it is targeting and isolating the specific muscle in your ribcage and if you do it correctly you will feel the burn.It will start working very fast because the muscles have never been isolated fully before(im assuming)it takes a few weeks to really get the movement correct but once you do you will know it.



    feel the burn and good luck

    PS if anyone knows this technique please help me explain
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    My friend said he eats alot too. I spent a day with him and he ate: 1 donut, 1 protein shake, 3 nuggets and a bag of chips ALL DAY....I call bull**** as usual.
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    Best exercise for serratus

    I've done some research on this and have found the following exercises to be best. A study using EMG has found that an exercise called the "push-up plus" works them the best. It is the only isolation move for them. Get into a push-up position and lock your arma straight. Slowly move your body up and down without bending your arms. You can add weight by putting a backpack with weights on after you get the movement down. The second best thing is doing DB Bench presses. At the top of the movement try to push the weight towards the ceiling. You'll only move them a few inches, but thats all you need. The serratus doesn't have a large range of motion. Hope this helped.
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