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    I can’t see my abs

    Hi everyone,
    My bodyfat is around 7% I’m around 5’10” and I’m around 156 lbs.
    Why I don’t see abs?
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    you are either blind, or fat LoL
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    Originally Posted by JackDrago View Post
    My bodyfat is around 7%
    It isn't

    You probably used some unreliable method to measure it like BIA.

    post a pic for a more reasonable estimate - not that such numbers really matter. Can't see abs? too little muscle or too much fat - your path is clear, the numbers don't change that.
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    You are likely either very under-muscled or not 7%. (Or a combination of those two.)

    For more accurate responses, add several pictures to your Bodyspace and let us know when you have done so.
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    Low body fat doesn’t always mean decent abs. They need to be built up first like any other muscle and THEN you diet down.
    If you don't get what you want you didn't want it bad enough
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    Just cause you to have low body fat doesn't mean you have abs all the time. It could be a number of various reasons like not working out the abs a lot and or not having enough muscle mass to show the abs. Try to incorporate more compound movements like deadlifts and squats into your routine if you don't all ready.
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    Originally Posted by JackDrago View Post
    I can't see my abs
    Not with that attitude.
    You eat where you're at.
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    Post a pic if you can.
    I don't know if you can with just one post.
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    Originally Posted by AL459 View Post
    Just cause you to have low body fat doesn't mean you have abs all the time. It could be a number of various reasons like not working out the abs a lot and or not having enough muscle mass to show the abs. Try to incorporate more compound movements like deadlifts and squats into your routine if you don't all ready.
    Also most likely some heavy direct work. Guys that don't have a good natural ab structure generally need a good amount of direct work also. OP you also need to be in a calorie surplus so this is probably a good time to stop chasing abs and concentrate on overall muscle development with the proper diet.
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    Originally Posted by Tommy W. View Post
    Also most likely some heavy direct work. Guys that don't have a good natural ab structure generally need a good amount of direct work also. OP you also need to be in a calorie surplus so this is probably a good time to stop chasing abs and concentrate on overall muscle development with the proper diet.

    You should still train abs while bulking though so when you cut they are more defined right???
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    Originally Posted by rexfrommex View Post
    You should still train abs while bulking though so when you cut they are more defined right???
    correct. Just like any other muscle
    If you don't get what you want you didn't want it bad enough
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    Originally Posted by armies View Post
    You gotta burn the fat
    Even at 7% though?
    You eat where you're at.
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    Originally Posted by GeneralSerpant View Post
    Even at 7% though?
    He's got abs somewhere in there. They'll show eventually. Probably be healthier to just get bigger abs though
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    Either not low enough body fat % or simply undeveloped abs. Train abs directly multiple times a day and they'll show up more.
    Especially weighted ones like heavy cable crunches with good form.
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    I can’t post any pic nor a link to it unfortunately. All I can say is that I see veins on my “abs” but not the single “packs”.

    My profile pic should give you the idea of what I am talking about
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    If you are as lean as you say, it's probably the case that your muscles aren't big enough to show through the skin. If this is the case, then ab exercises are going to be important - but so is training all the rest of the muscle in your body. Time to gain mass.
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    Originally Posted by WakingOp View Post
    He's got abs somewhere in there. They'll show eventually. Probably be healthier to just get bigger abs though
    if they’re underdeveloped they won’t show eventually.
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    Originally Posted by LifterWest View Post
    On the bright side, you have good eyesight!
    What do you mean?
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    Originally Posted by JackDrago View Post
    What do you mean?
    What exercises do you do?
    You eat where you're at.
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    Originally Posted by JackDrago View Post
    Hi everyone,
    My bodyfat is around 7%
    Doubt it... Post a shirtless photo of entire upper body.
    All it takes is consistency, effort, proper nutrition, good programming, and TIME.
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    Originally Posted by GeneralSerpant View Post
    What exercises do you do?
    Planks with trx and leg raise or oblique abs on hyperextension “bench”
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    Originally Posted by JackDrago View Post
    Planks with trx and leg raise or oblique abs on hyperextension “bench”
    Not sure how you're doing leg raise on a HE bench whether 45 or flat version but contraction exercises on that are hip-flexor dominant as the ankles are harnessed. Planks more or less are general core and posterior chain.

    You have abs in your picture I think you're just not isolating them well enough.
    You eat where you're at.
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    Originally Posted by GeneralSerpant View Post
    Not sure how you're doing leg raise on a HE bench whether 45 or flat version but contraction exercises on that are hip-flexor dominant as the ankles are harnessed. Planks more or less are general core and posterior chain.

    You have abs in your picture I think you're just not isolating them well enough.
    No I do oblique abs on HE.
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    Originally Posted by Tommy W. View Post
    if they’re underdeveloped they won’t show eventually.
    I mean, I used to have a 6 pack. When I was 130 pounds at 6ft 1. Grossly underweight. The only training they got was walking a few miles a day.

    I don't mean a nice defined bodybuilder looking 6 pack, but it was clearly visible. And unhealthy skinny
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