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2011/03/28 19:42:12 (permalink)
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Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs???

Hi peeps. Long time no speak.
 
Got a problem with my abs. For longer than i can remember, i've been trying to bulk out and have failed. Not my abs, i mean the rest of my body. I've been ramming as many carbs as i could down my throat everyday. Which i now regret. Due to all the carbs i've been having, my stomach has blown out big time. I used to have really defined abs but now there's no definition at all and they're really bulky. When looking from the side, my stomach sticks out further than my chest. Not good. I really want my abs back. LOL.
 
Will taking amino acids help to burn away at my abs and reveal the definition again? Obviously while still training my abs.
 
If not, can anyone recommend anything i can take that will slim my abs down again and get the definition that was there before? I know no matter what i take, im gunna have to work hard to get them to how they were before but just wanna take something that will help me.
 
Thanks in advance guys.

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    theITman
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 19:46:46 (permalink)
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    NO, better diet and cardio will though!
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 19:47:51 (permalink)
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    What he said!
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 19:54:29 (permalink)
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     Cardio burns fat, not aminos.
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 20:37:32 (permalink)
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    Right ok. But the only worry i got is loosing size from other areas like my shoulders and chest etc. What cardio exercises would you recommend i do that will focus slimming down my abs and hardly anything else?
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 20:39:24 (permalink)
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    nothing, your body will burn fat from where it likes...
     
    Keep your protien levels high, cals around maintanence and run more. Any cardio will burn cals, and fat.
     
    Unless your a huge guy way out the relms of your genetics i wouldnt worry to much about losing muscle on your shoulders!
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 20:40:42 (permalink)
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    in short no!
    In long cardio, weights and diet will :)
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 20:41:42 (permalink)
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    scorps121212

    Right ok. But the only worry i got is loosing size from other areas like my shoulders and chest etc. What cardio exercises would you recommend i do that will focus slimming down my abs and hardly anything else?

     
    It doesn't work that way, you can't spot reduce fat. You can only reduce your body fat as a whole. Generally the last place that it will go from is your abs. You might think 'oh that's great, why does it have to stick around in the one place that I want it go from', but I actually have a theory that the reason a lean midsection/abdomen is so desirable is BECAUSE this is the last place that fat goes from. It is this elusiveness that makes it so attractive.
     
    So yeah, you can't target fat around your abs, just overall. Reduce your body fat overall and you will eventually see your abs.

    "Be adequate"
     
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 20:48:36 (permalink)
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    Nice one. All your comments have really helped. Just one other question. LOL. Shall i still carry on doing my ab exercises like sit ups, leg raises, crunches etc?
    Im going on holiday at the end of May, and my theory was going to be not do any ab exercises for a month, to lose the bulk, then hit the exercises hard for the second month before going on holiday.
    But now, ill take your guys advice and stick to cardio, weights and a low carb diet. But just want to know if you guys recommend still doing the ab exercises.
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 20:49:41 (permalink)
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    Depends what the ret of your routine is like!
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 21:35:39 (permalink)
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    Well i dont do the hardcore exercises like deadlift or squats. So im not using my abs in them exercises. So i just do the usual ab exercises. But i do quite a few reps of each.
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 21:56:12 (permalink)
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    so you only work your abs?
    if you want your abs to get worked you need to include the compound(hardcore) lifts when you train
    These are not actually hardcore as you say these are the basic lifts that everyone should be doing, i would only call them hardcore if someone was squatting a car outsde the gym.

       
       
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 22:06:20 (permalink)
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    LOL. Yeah i see what you mean. The only reason i dont do deadlifts is cause im worried that ill do it wrong and mess my back up.
    And sorry i worded it wrong. I do my shoulders, chest, back and arms too but dont do the compound lifts.
    So if i was to start doing the compound lifts, will that really be enough, along with the cardio, to rip my abs up and get the definition that im after?
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 22:52:15 (permalink)
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    Mate, best option for you:
     
    Forget EVERYTHING you think you know.   Alles!   Start from 0.
     
    Then go to the article section, under beginners articles, and read every single one of them.  They are helpful, explain all the basics that you need to know and understand before you can effectively build muscle and lose fat.   
     
    From there you will have a much stronger foot to stand on.
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/28 22:53:02 (permalink)
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    what he said..
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/29 04:46:49 (permalink)
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    youve got some really misguided notions on nutrition and training. like INLT says: READ THE ARTICLES.
     
    if you keep going the way youre going youre not going to get any progress at all and it will just be frustrating and disappointing for you. you can always ask questions here and we'll be glad to help but the best thing anybody can do for you is to point you to the articles and tell you to educate yourself.
     
    these articles are brief and give the basics on everything you need to know - dont worry, its not books worth of complicated biology :p
     
    http://articles.muscletal...e-beginners-guide.aspx
    http://articles.muscletal...le-gain-nutrition.aspx
    http://articles.muscletalk.co.uk/losing-fat.aspx
     
    http://articles.muscletal...ing-for-beginners.aspx
    http://articles.muscletal...thods-of-training.aspx
     
    final thing ill say is no mater what pysiques you see in the magazines/tv or even on this forum you like the chances are they will have a routine based around the heavy compounds: they will squat, they will deadlift. the biggest difference between you, me and professional bodybuilders like jay cutler is how extreme we take our training. the basic principles are always the same.

    Current goals: get back in the game
     
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/29 13:14:39 (permalink)
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    Ultimately you need to reduce your BF..
     
    That will get you what you want.
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/29 16:47:37 (permalink)
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    LOL. Yeah i see what you mean. The only reason i dont do deadlifts is cause im worried that ill do it wrong and mess my back up.
    And sorry i worded it wrong. I do my shoulders, chest, back and arms too but dont do the compound lifts.
    So if i was to start doing the compound lifts, will that really be enough, along with the cardio, to rip my abs up and get the definition that im after?

    So you don't touch your legs? Legs are your best friend for fat loss. Simply cos they're way bigger than arms and employ larger muscle groups. Get a good weights routine for your entire body. Building more muscle will increase your resting metabolic rate which is what you want to help keep fat at bay. You say don't want to mess up your back. So DO train your abs regularly. A strong core is essential to almost all weights movements.
    There probably will be a trade off in terms of size if you're trying to get cut but the new muscle definition you'll have will offset this visually.
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/29 19:49:28 (permalink)
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    In answer to the original question, no. In addition don't worry too much about "losing muscle" it doesn't really happen to any large extent unless you are really big to start with, or do something daft like taking all protein out of your diet.
     
    Any muscle loss that does occur will generally not be noticed as the leanness will make you look bigger in any case.
     
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    Re:Will Amino Acids help bring the definition back in my abs??? 2011/03/30 00:08:00 (permalink)
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    just to echo what everyone else has said really, add in some big compound lifts, they will help a lot more than isolations and work on your diet and cardio as a whole to reduce fat levels



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