For anyone who missed it. This is me at 44 years old. I look this way now although perhaps slightly b***** in terms of the shoulders, chest and back.
I might have been heavier than 140 at that point.... but I was 140 when I got out of high school. I didn't work out much senior year and didn't play any sports, either, so I lost a lot of muscle weight. I was probably closer to 165 or so, now that I think about it.Also Damn Kevin, 500lbs in a powerlifting squat at 140lbs? You realize that this would have put you in the top ten in the world for the 66kg class in 2011? The number one guy in that class Gladkikh Sergey squatted over 600lbs or 307.5Kg. If your totals were anything like that in the rest of the lifts, which for the IPF is Squat, Dead, Bench that is bloody impressive. I am happy to squat half of that - and I go to horizontal not below because of my knees. I want to keep em the way they are.
What would you suggest for someone that doesn't have access to weights or a gym at the moment? Right now situps, pushups, and running are my workout, with the occasional hike and road bike run every couple weeks. I have noticed my upper body getting stronger and gaining some definition, but my abs still look like crap and what you're saying does make some sense to me, but I'm 6'1 @ 171 lbs so really not a whole lot of body fat. Just chubby in the tummy and I can't seem to make a dent in it.Apparently no one does any exercise in July.
Situps Won't Give You "Abs"
What I mean by this is that unless you work on your diet, you aint going to be seeing anything. In order for your abdominal musculature to show, you need to get the body fat down typically below 10-12% for men and slightly higher for women. Moreover, it is my firm belief that one of the most useless exercises in the gym is sit ups. In point of fact, I have not done sit ups in over ten years. Once I realized that I could get a better abdominal workout doing other things - I never looked back. It is my belief (YMMV) that you strengthen your abdominal muscles by doing functional strength building moves intertwined with the use of planks. I would suggest the following exercises: Deadlift, Romanian or Straight Legged Deadlifts, Standing Military Press, Planks, Rollouts. I believe that these exercises will in the short and long run, when combined with the loss of bodyfat, get you to where you want to be. Let me very simplistically explain. Doing a crunch or sit up stresses the abdominal muscles - but it basically does the same thing every time. Unless you combine the work with added stress, by using either weight or some other form of increased resistance, you are basically doing something along the lines of a curl - with the same weight every time and every moment you do the exercise. You are also not stressing the entire abdominal girdle, which includes the lower back. If you make only one side of the musculature strong, the weaker side acts like a limiting reagent - as the weakest part of the musculoskeletal chain prevents you from bench pressing or deadlifting more. The exercises I have mentioned above hit everything and force the abdominal wall to maintain stability in an ever increasing manner as those muscles act as a primary / accessory muscle stabilizing force for all of the above lifts and the planks. It is my strong belief that your abdominal wall will increase in strength as the load increases - in a way that will not really occur with sit ups, unless a machine or plate is used. I think these other exercises also develop functional abdominal strength that provides true protection to the lower back in a manner that the single vector of the sit up or crunch does not.
Obviously, this is my opinion and there are people who love crunches, sit ups, sit up machines, you name it. If you like it, that is ok. However, I would suggest stepping out of the dogma and giving what I am suggesting a try.