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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-20-2002, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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What do you guys do to workout your abs? I need to start doing more ab exercises that work my lower abs and need some advice. Do you know of any sites that show you pictures on how to do some of these exercises or help in any way possible? Thanks.
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Slow, controlled crunches should be number one on the list. Only your lower and middle back should touch on the lowering phase keepng your shoulder off the ground and stomach tight. Then squeeze your shoulders up towards your knees, keeping your lower back on the floor. Pulling the lower back up does nothing more for the abs, it just incorporates the abductors (very tip-top of the thigh)to come all the way up. Another favorite of mine is a triple set including leg lifts to the top of the reverse crunch followed but reverse crunches and finished out with leg lifts. To expound, the first exercise starts with your legs straight out and tummy tight. Then lift your legs until they are perpindicular to the floor. Finally, thrust you feet towards the ceiling by using the lower half of your abs, squeezing at the top. (the final upward thrust is called a reverse crunch). Once you do 12 or so full range, then without rest do a set of 12 with just that top sqeeze (revesre crunch) and finally still without a pause lower your legs to do 12 straight-leg lifts to about 6-8 inches from the ground, concentrating on pivoting your pelvis and using the lower abs and not your abductors. Rest a minute or so and do another set (all 3 exercises) or two until you stomach feels the burn. Supinating cruches (with a twist to the left or right) are a good all around tummy exercise as well, hitting your obliques as well as the main muscles of the stomach. Cotrol is the key to an effective ab exercise. Just throwing you body towarsds your legs will eventually cause a burn, but won't target the muscles near as well as mentally squeezing every muscle fiber.

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Don't forget to stretch too. As with all muscles, a good stretch is essential to a good warm up and helps blood flow as well as helping to prevent injury.
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Don't know if it helps much cause Aaron hit the nail on the head...but this place has pictures.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-21-2002, 09:43 AM
 
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To start out, using an excercise ball really helped for the feeling you should get. I hated doing lower abs, but I don't mind so much anymore.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-24-2002, 10:58 AM
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Slow, controlled crunches should be number one on the list. Only your lower and middle back should touch on the lowering phase keepng your shoulder off the ground and stomach tight. Then squeeze your shoulders up towards your knees, keeping your lower back on the floor. Pulling the lower back up does nothing more for the abs, it just incorporates the abductors (very tip-top of the thigh)to come all the way up. Another favorite of mine is a triple set including leg lifts to the top of the reverse crunch followed but reverse crunches and finished out with leg lifts. To expound, the first exercise starts with your legs straight out and tummy tight. Then lift your legs until they are perpindicular to the floor. Finally, thrust you feet towards the ceiling by using the lower half of your abs, squeezing at the top. (the final upward thrust is called a reverse crunch). Once you do 12 or so full range, then without rest do a set of 12 with just that top sqeeze (revesre crunch) and finally still without a pause lower your legs to do 12 straight-leg lifts to about 6-8 inches from the ground, concentrating on pivoting your pelvis and using the lower abs and not your abductors. Rest a minute or so and do another set (all 3 exercises) or two until you stomach feels the burn. Supinating cruches (with a twist to the left or right) are a good all around tummy exercise as well, hitting your obliques as well as the main muscles of the stomach. Cotrol is the key to an effective ab exercise. Just throwing you body towarsds your legs will eventually cause a burn, but won't target the muscles near as well as mentally squeezing every muscle fiber.
lol, i felt the burn just reading that...but im going to try it...sounds killer!
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all you need BUT REMEMBER you can work abs like a regular muscle and they will develop but you WILL NOT be able to see them unless you cut the extra bf (body fat).
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