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    Default How can I make my abs more defined?

    Hi, I'm a 16 year old boy, about 6'1 and around 145 lbs. I need advice on how to reduce belly fat so that my abs show a little more. I do crunches pretty much every day with 50lbs on my chest but i don't think that's helping with losing the belly fat.
    Here's a pic: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=oaafba&s=8#.U-LkxWK9KK0
    In the pic I'm flexing, now I'd like it to look like that without having to flex. How should I go about doing that? Thanks

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    The crunches aren't helping.

    And no offense but at 6'1" 145#, you've got more important things to worry about. Abs can wait. Eat food, lift weights, gain some overall mass and strength; you'll be better off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RecklessZodiac View Post
    Hi, I'm a 16 year old boy, about 6'1 and around 145 lbs. I need advice on how to reduce belly fat so that my abs show a little more. I do crunches pretty much every day with 50lbs on my chest but i don't think that's helping with losing the belly fat.
    Here's a pic: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=oaafba&s=8#.U-LkxWK9KK0
    In the pic I'm flexing, now I'd like it to look like that without having to flex. How should I go about doing that? Thanks
    I agree with zstadt, doing crunches everyday isnt helping

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    Quote Originally Posted by zstadt View Post
    The crunches aren't helping.

    And no offense but at 6'1" 145#, you've got more important things to worry about. Abs can wait. Eat food, lift weights, gain some overall mass and strength; you'll be better off.
    Am I underweight? I'm not looking to get big as I play soccer and would like to stay light and agile. Just want to tone up my physique. And yeah I know crunches aren't going to make much of a difference, I just do them to keep my abs strong.

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    You are thin, but it's up to you, the look you want to have. I would suggest like the others....eat and lift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RecklessZodiac View Post
    Am I underweight? I'm not looking to get big as I play soccer and would like to stay light and agile. Just want to tone up my physique. And yeah I know crunches aren't going to make much of a difference, I just do them to keep my abs strong.
    Yes, you are.

    Staying light (bodyweight-wise) has no performance benefit. However, getting strong (all over, not just your abs) certainly will.

    You play soccer? What position? Look at any player on Team USA (http://www.ussoccer.com/mens-nationa.../latest-roster). The lightest you'll find any guy over 6' is 170#. That's 25 lbs more than your current weight.

    And how old are you? Still have some growing left? Even more reason to gain weight.

    Lifting will also decrease your chance of injury.

    Can you lose agility if you gain weight? Yes, but only if you let yourself. Take, for example, strongmen. Many of them have surprising agility. Same goes for the heavier weight classes in MMA. Why is this? Because they train to be agile.

    I think your best course of action is to gain some weight by eating more and lifting, train your agility, live long, and prosper.
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    I'm 16. And yeah I guess it wouldn't hurt to bulk up a little, just don't want my speed and agility to decrease. I will work on it though

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    Yeah pack some size on adding some strength can only be beneficial I played football or (soccer) for years and adding size only helped, mind you I do play in goal or occasionally cb but can't see it having a negative effect in any position


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    Quote Originally Posted by dukhaskunk View Post
    Yeah pack some size on adding some strength can only be beneficial I played football or (soccer) for years and adding size only helped, mind you I do play in goal or occasionally cb but can't see it having a negative effect in any position


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    Yeah we work out every day on my school team so I should be getting a little bigger in a few months. Just don't want to over do it because there's stories about soccer players getting injured and losing pace from working out too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RecklessZodiac View Post
    Yeah we work out every day on my school team so I should be getting a little bigger in a few months. Just don't want to over do it because there's stories about soccer players getting injured and losing pace from working out too much.
    I don't think you'll ever need to worry about that. Look at Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. They're quite heavily built and two of the fastest and most agile players there are. I don't think gym will hamper any of your football

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    Don't focus so much on that. Doing crunches a few times a week is fine, being abdominals are a muscle as well. But at your age and that weight..you just need to worry about putting on size and eating. The abs will become more defined the older you get and the longer you train, diet and learn your body.
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    heavy squats front strengths your core

 

 

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