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Old 11-22-20, 04:49 PM
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abs debate

here is a recent debate on abs
is it possible to develop good abdominal with good diet and cycling?
or some running too?
without being an Arnold at the gym?
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Old 11-22-20, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32 View Post
is it possible to develop good abdominal with good diet and cycling?
or some running too?
No, you can't build strong abs and core with diet and cycling alone , it doesn't matter how good you eat or how hard you ride. Cycling doesn't put enough stress on your abs to create an adaptation and make them stronger. If you want strong abs you need to do more than just eating a good diet and cycling.
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Old 11-22-20, 05:30 PM
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Where is that said "recent debate"? Dunno what "abs" means. You mean see a 6-pack? OTOH, if you mean good abdominals . . .like compared to what? For what purpose? I've had my iliacus and psoas get really sore from long seated sessions, but never my abs, nor have I ever talked to a rider who complained of sore abdominals from cycling, though many complain of sore back. AFAIK the only road to a 6-pack is a lot of hard work on those specific muscles and 5% body fat.
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Seeing that the set of constraints the OP put were just "good". And there is no qualification of what good abs are. I say my abs are good to maybe great underneath the fat of my beer gut. Mostly I just ride a bike with little other formal exercise.

Of course I also wondered if ABS was the ABS network and the OP was talking about some debate he watched going on there. If so, then what is the subject being debated that we are supposed to be discussing?
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Old 11-22-20, 07:00 PM
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i don't need a 6-pack. i would be perfectly content with just a pint.
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Old 11-22-20, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by spelger View Post
i don't need a 6-pack. i would be perfectly content with just a pint.
I want half a liter. Not just any but a pul litr piva

I doubt that trying for 6-pack abs has anything to do with cycling. This is what a real cyclist looks like: (Michael Rasmussen)

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Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32 View Post
is it possible to develop good abdominal with good diet and cycling?
I actually got my abs sore recently from cycling. What has changed recently is doing more steep climbs than I did before.

I was climbing out of the saddle continuously for several minutes in many parts of the climb.

So definitely not an easy activity to do on the bike but at least the sore abs shows some hope!
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Old 11-22-20, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
I want half a liter. Not just any but a pul litr piva

I doubt that trying for 6-pack abs has anything to do with cycling. This is what a real cyclist looks like: (Michael Rasmussen)

He looks just like a regular thin guy. Sometimes makes you wonder if you picked the wrong sport!
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Visible six pack abs doesn't mean anything. You can easily achieve visible abs by starving yourself and riding your bike. OTOH if you want strong functional core and abs you need to do exercises that target those your abs and core muscles.
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
I actually got my abs sore recently from cycling. What has changed recently is doing more steep climbs than I did before.

I was climbing out of the saddle continuously for several minutes in many parts of the climb.

So definitely not an easy activity to do on the bike but at least the sore abs shows some hope!
I find standing up and riding out of the saddle easy...I can ride standing up for 20 minutes non stop on my fixed gear bike and I don't feel anything in my abs.
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I find standing up and riding out of the saddle easy...I can ride standing up for 20 minutes non stop on my fixed gear bike and I don't feel anything in my abs.
Cool! For me it wasn't being out of the saddle that made the steep climbs hard, but simply the steep climbs. I'm at the 34 / 32t gearing and still needed to stand to move forward (it would hurt more if I did it sitted) just to give an idea how steep it was.

I think whenever you're out of the saddle and you're pushing on the pedals hard enough to make you pull the handlebars is working out the abs too.
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Walk on crutches

I had a foot operation when I was 35, walking on crutches gave me freaky abs.

Back when I rode a road bike all clipped in I developed pretty good abs from pulling up when I pedaled.

Im 63 and now have 6 pack flabs. You can kind of tell there are some abs under there. I'm not particularly fat, just old. Plus I've gained and lost weight a few times which doesn't help.

I wish I had taken more pics when I was younger. I haven't always been an old lady, I don't self identify as one although right now my thoracic disk is reminding me I indeed am. Thank goodness for those magic shots.


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Will this be another thread the OP does not participate in?
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