09-10-2003, 01:28 PM #1
True or False...A question for the knowledgeable....
Ok fellas, I have a question, which is serious, but sounds funny. I have heard that some people have a genetic predisposition which keeps them from being able to have a six pack. Is this true? What Im saying is, are some people unable to obtain a six pack.
At first I thought this was a falsity, but Im beginning to think its true (like friends I have for example, etc. etc.)
09-10-2003, 01:34 PM #2
Everyone can see there abs at a low bf%, BUT some people are born with asymmetric or missing rectus abdominus muscles. Some bodybuilders have 5 abs, and some like Arnold have only 4!
09-10-2003, 01:45 PM #3Originally Posted by MMC78
Hey MMC78, bro can you do me a favor and break down the different body types (endo, ecto, meso)? I cant remember from my Beg. Anat. classes 2 years ago.....
09-11-2003, 07:24 PM #4Originally Posted by talon
Ecto - Skinny
Meso - Muscular
09-11-2003, 08:28 PM #5VET
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Different Training Needed for Different Body Types
It is important for you to stick to the basics until you get to know how your body responds to weight training. People do not respond the same exact way to training and what works for one type will not necessarily work for another. One method of categorizing body types recognizes three different physical types and it is called "somatotypes".
The ectomorph: short upper body, long arms and legs, long narrow feet and hands, and very little fat storage. This body type has a narrow chest and narrow shoulders and long, thin muscles.
The mesomorph: large chest, long torso, solid muscle structure and very strong.
The endomorph: short musculature, round face, short neck , wide hips, and heavy fat storage.
No one is totally one type but a combination of all three types. Any body type can be developed with the correct training and nutrition however people with different body types will need to approach their training with different objectives, even though they may all have the same goals.
The ectomorph's first objective is gaining weight and muscle mass.Strength and endurance will need to be developed and muscle mass develops very slowly. Stay with the basic exercises and include power moves that build maximum mass. Do an entire training workout, but take longer rest periods if you need to. Take in more calories than you are accustomed to and use weight-gaining and protein drinks to supplement your food intake. Try not to expend to many calories by keeping cardio to a minimum saving them for muscle building.
The mesomorph will find it easy to build muscle mass but will have to include a variety of exercises in their program so that the muscles develop proportionately and shapely rather than bulky. A combination of heavy power moves and a variety of shaping exercises and a more varied for better quality, proportion and symmetry of the physique. Long workouts and short rest time. The mesomorphic type responds well to training so super-long sessions are not needed. A balanced diet with a good amount of protein and maintain an even calorie level all time.
The endomorph will not have much difficulty building muscle but will have to be concerned with losing fat weight and be careful not to gain the weight back. High-set, high-repetition training with short rest periods to burn off as much fat as possible. Additional aerobic exercise for calorie consumption. A low-calorie diet that contains the necessary nutritional balance with the minimum amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Make sure that you are getting the right amount of vitamins and mineral supplements the body needs.
Last edited by KeyMastur; 09-11-2003 at 08:30 PM.
09-13-2003, 12:31 AM #6
Nice post KeyMastur don,t think too many people understand how much that effects their training
09-13-2003, 12:59 AM #7
Talon..All of the information is true, but I wanted to add a little more that may help to further answer your question.
Men are genetically pre-disposed to carry a higher volume of fat in certain areas of the body. Flanks, lower abdomen, lower back, etc...Most men with a good diet and solid excercise regimine can reduce this level to the point of having the coveted "six pack"..But there are many that can't reach this level of fat reduction without extreme measures and even sometimes not at all..
The fat in these areas are programmed to be diet and excercise resistant because they are genetically programmed to play a much more vital role and that is protecting and insulating vital organs and providing the body with an emergency fuel source..Our ancestors were not concerned with having abs but rather surviving times when food sources were very scarce..Without sounding all Charles Darwin on this topic..Evolution plays a role in the battle for the abs..
Stop and think about times when you see a guy that you would consider "skinny" but he still has a small belly on him..This is because this fat is the last to go..This is not the case in every person becasue some are just very lean and never suffer this frustration..
Okay, now that I have rambled a bit..To answer your question..Yes, most men can achieve a decent level of abdominal muscularity that is visible..But others can diet and excercise until they drop dead and still not see the results they desire because of this programming..That is why we have the good old trip to the Doctor where we can get all of the fat sucked right out..Of course for a small fee..
09-13-2003, 12:59 AM #8Originally Posted by KeyMastur
09-13-2003, 01:37 AM #9Originally Posted by Doc M
09-13-2003, 07:10 AM #10
Doc left out one improtant component to the issue of the visceral tissue that directly affects the question being asked......
Your body is more than willing to create more fat cells in order to accomidate more energy storage, but once formed, your body does not like to get rid of it. You may be able to empty the fat cells with diet and excercise, but you're not going to normally be able to get rid of the cells themselves. So, if a person had a very large gut and they slim down, they still have all of the fat cells that they used to have, it's just that they're empty and are taking up less space. That's the main reason that people find it so easy to put weight back on after they have lost it, as aposed to how long it took for them to gain the weight in the first place.
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