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NATUREBOY

Should I do my trunk curls with or without weights?

I am in the fat loss process and have a way to go still. I have heard that you should not train your abs with weights until you burn considerable fat around your midsection or else it will make you appear even fatter. Currently, I am training them on the floor without weight, utilizing a 1/1 cadence, always to failure, but with a lot of reps. I have increased my repetitions 108% in six weeks (from 35 maximum reps to 73 maximum reps).

I am not so much concerned with developing the ab muscles right now as I am burning the fat off my midsection. I understand that if I use weights on my trunk curls, I will need to drop my reps down to the 8-12 range and I don't know if this would be counterproductive or not.

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Sesame

The ABS are no different than most other large muscles -if you don't want them to grow don't use big weight.

Of course, the smaller the ABS, obliques and erector spinaes the smaller the waistline and the greater the offset to the shoulder girdle making you APPEAR broader. But then again a nice shaped midsection makes for a nice tie in with the LATS!

But how large are your ABS really going to get? Hard enough to get ANYTHING large enough! So I don't worry about it, I nail it all very hard & heavy! Besides who wants a weak midsection (trunk muscles)? Not me, the trunk are great stabilizers and power producers for kicking and punching etc.

I want my ABS, Obliques and erectors very very strong, personally!
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Ryan Sergent

Indiana, USA

NATUREBOY,

You can't spot reduce man!

"Finally, let me say that ? yes, there appear to be a few people who can spot reduce. But the truth is that they simply have different orderings of storing and losing fat than do the vast majority of the population. They lose fat from their body cores first or second, rather than the more typical last or next-to last.

These people have very rare and exceptional genetics. They don?t read this Web site. They don?t need it!

So, forget spot reduction. Say hello to discipline and patience and the scientific side of fat loss."

Dr Darden

I wish we could though.

Ryan

Ryan


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waynegr

Switzerland

Hi there,

Please read spot reduction, above by Ellington.

Thank you Wayne
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bill1

California, USA

Even if building your abs would make your waist noticeably larger, which I doubt ,strong abs are important for very many reasons. Forget the old high reps/ small waist myth, if you are going to work your abs , use some resistance.

Bill
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NeuroMass

NATUREBOY wrote:
Should I do my trunk curls with or without weights?

I am in the fat loss process and have a way to go still. I have heard that you should not train your abs with weights until you burn considerable fat around your midsection or else it will make you appear even fatter. Currently, I am training them on the floor without weight, utilizing a 1/1 cadence, always to failure, but with a lot of reps. I have increased my repetitions 108% in six weeks (from 35 maximum reps to 73 maximum reps).

I am not so much concerned with developing the ab muscles right now as I am burning the fat off my midsection. I understand that if I use weights on my trunk curls, I will need to drop my reps down to the 8-12 range and I don't know if this would be counterproductive or not.

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The abs is just like any other muscle of the body. It basically responds to the same stimulus (High Intensity progressive overload)so I suggest that as you become stronger on your abs exercise you try to increase overload by adding weights. Although I also recommend that you do your abs exercises in slightly higher reps (TUL)compared to when you're training your other bodyparts because although you want to deveop your abs to a certain degree a highly HYPERTROPHIED midsection is so desirable for a bodybuilder.

PEACE.
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