I find it extremely hard to gain ab muscle mass. Whenever I train arm for example, I immediately start seeing results. I've been doing ab exercises for a few years now and I've gained some muscle mass, but not that much.
I try to do a lot of different types of exercises like crunches, planks, etc. but still no difference.
Am I doing something wrong?
Is there a specific type of exercise I should do to gain mass faster?
my gym trainer wanted to gain weight because he'll join a competition very soon. i saw him drinking mass gainer(powder)
i think it helps especially if you want to gain faster. However, if you want to gain weight with just whole food, it might have gradual result unlike using mass gainer. it just my mere observation and suggestion. :)
For abs muscle mass to show you should have a bf% of 10 or lower. If you've been working them for years now then you must have developed your abs already but they won't show try getting your body fat measured and if you've been on a gain diet since your start go for a cut diet for a month or few weeks hope this helps
In my opinion, lowering body fat makes it more defined. I've read some articles stating that abs should be treated like any other muscles, but I don't know if weighted ab exercises like weighted decline crunches are more effective than regular planks. Have you tried P90X: Ab Ripper X?
The problem with abs is that eating a lot would not help you much, you have to train them every day (when it get really painfull, you start working them), and whenever it's not workout time,( I mean contracting them in public transport for exemple). Drinking a lot could help you too.Actually you will never get abs like those bodybuilder without powder, but you could have beautifull ones ;)