Recently, I’ve noticed my abs getting kind of thick, which irks me a lot.
I’ve been training for about 3 years, the past 8 months were more progression-oriented (no more “anorexia athletica”).
I do a 4-day split with varying rep ranges, lots of basic exercises like squats, deadlifts, pull-ups and so on. Currently very little cardio.
I am very happy to see growth in my arms, back and legs, but my abs are a different matter.
I used to do dedicated ab work (the standard, high-rep gym class stuff), but obviously that doesn’t give you ripped abs. So I no longer do add abs to my workouts, I supposed the support work for the lifts, pull-up/pushups would suffice. It does, strength-wise…if it weren’t for the shape, I’d be fine with that.
I’m not gaining fat on my stomach, rather it really seems to be an issue of the abs (especially upper) getting thicker.
They’re getting stronger from all those lifts, but why bigger? Is there a way to prevent this? I realize it’s probably in part due to genetics…but thick abs look bad on me, I’m quite short, big frame (my ribcage and hipbones would suit a much taller person) so I’d appear rather, well, blockish.