Yeah, that guy's abs look horrible. I've seen other dudes like him. I've never wanted to look like a bodybuilder, ever. Especially the professional ones. That super-vascular steroid mutant look is not for me, not even counting the drug abuse.
Some of the amateur, non-roid using bodybuilders have a good, natural looking form, especially in the offseason. Even some of them look ridiculous when super cut, though.
I've done virtually no direct ab work. It's actually something I've been gearing up to start doing, now that I'm nearing into my goal weight. For the longest time, I was told by many people that doing heavy deadlifts and squats would take care of them. To some extent, that's true, but I wish I'd started doing direct training on them earlier, when I was bulking.
I'm not even up to date with what the most well regarded ab exercises are these days.
Your picture didn't show up, but I copied and pasted it into a new window and looked at it. Actually, I'd hope to be a little more ripped than he is. My goal is to really get some separation going. Not that the average person would complain about looking like Hugh Jackman.
Well, there's certainly nothing wrong with that. Doing something, anything, with regularity is good. I mean, when it boils down to it, the only thing you really NEED is to be in decent cardiovascular shape.
I have met the goals I had for squats and deadlifts (315 for reps on squats, 405 for deadlifts,) which, by lifting standards, are quite reasonable...there are 155 pound guys who can do that much, and I weigh 40 pounds more than that.
My last real remaining goal is to get visible abs, which I've never had. When I graduated from highschool back in the 90's, I weighed 155 pounds, but with no muscle. I think once I get down to 170-175 pounds with the level of muscle I have now, it might be attainable.
I'm going to do it one way or the other. I have to be goal oriented in the gym, or I have no reason to go (in my mind.)
Of course, getting visible abs is going to be harder than any of the other goals I had. Abs are 95 percent diet, which is the stumbling block that every tard who buys an ab cruncher machine doesn't realize. I'm making progress, though.
Dude. I go to the gym with actual powerlifter competition guys in their SIXTIES who are way stronger than me, and they're just fine. I'm only in my early 30's, and I have no problems. A lot of bodybuilders and powerlifters don't even peak in strength until they're in their 30's and 40's.
Being that I have no aspirations of being either a bodybuilder or a powerlifter, I don't lift anywhere near as hard or as frequent as they do, but still.
They'd look better if I showed a larger picture, but that's the best it's gonna get taking a picture on the mirror in the bathroom. My calves are decently developed as well. That's kind of at an oddball angle, looking down on my legs. If there was someone else here to take a picture from like 15 feet away looking straight at them, it would look more natural.
The nautilus or hammer strength squat machines are alright for accessory workouts, but they take away much of what the squat is really good for: everything. It's a full body workout, and you can do them as a woman, too. Get someone who knows what they're talking about to instruct you.
There's plenty of danger in using those machines if not done correctly, as well.
I'm 5'11, 194 right now. I'm currently cutting down to 175 or thereabouts, while keeping what strength I can. I can currently squat 300 odd pounds for reps, which is horrible for powerlifter standards at my weight, but I have no interest in powerlifting or bodybuilding. I like going to the gym because it's fun. I had a goal of being able to squat 315 for reps, and now I can do that. I have no inclination to go much higher.
We had a Zayres in addition to K-Mart, Wal Mart, et al.
The one thing that stands out in my mind about Zayres...I remember going there once as a kid, after Atari had fizzled out, and they had all their Atari games on sale for like $2 a piece, marked down from like $40 or $50, or whatever they were previously. I remember seeing that and begging my parents to buy them. I think they let me buy five or six of them that night.
Ironically those cartridges are probably worth more now than they were then.