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2005/08/01 19:51:41 (permalink)
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hey what's up, i'm just curious what are the best excercises to work ur lower and upper abs. Also i was wondering how often they should be worked, how much cardio is necessary, just trying to make sure I get enough of everything i need to be doing, to get the rest of the fat off my stomache so my abs will really pop, reply, thanx
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    MrBojangles
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    RE: ABS 2005/08/01 20:04:03 (permalink)
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    The abdominals are one muscle, often its the hip flexors that get worked in so called 'lower ab' exercises.

    Personally I like leg raises, but have a look here for a full list: http://www.exrx.net/Lists/ExList/WaistWt.html

    Frequency: controversial, some say couple of times a week, some say once per week. Personally I do them once a week as diet is the key to visible abs. Yes, working them will make them bigger, but they wont stand out if you have a layer of fat around the mid section.

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    RE: ABS 2005/08/01 22:05:14 (permalink)
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    There's so many views on how often to train abs, you won't ever get a consensus probably, just work out what works best for you, as well as possibly going with the majority, if there is one. But like MrBojangles (nice name by the way ) says, abs are made in the kitchen.
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    RE: ABS 2005/08/01 23:16:27 (permalink)
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    I read somewhere that working on the ABS muscles wont reduce fat but can make your stomach swell as the muscles get bigger summit called the spot reduction myth might be wrong tho
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    RE: ABS 2005/08/02 10:13:00 (permalink)
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    I do 60 incline sit ups and 45 hanging leg raises as a warm down after every work out so probably 3 or 4 times a week. I never use any additional weight and my abs are flat and don't poke out at all. I reckon it is more of a maintenance thing and I also think it allows me squat better and deadlift better as it strengthens the core of your body.
    The look is probably down to genetics but the best thing is to eat properly, after ages of eating junk and training and getting slow results, the gains and definition you get when you train hard and eat well are brilliant.
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    RE: ABS 2005/08/02 14:19:58 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: TheJones

    I read somewhere that working on the ABS muscles wont reduce fat but can make your stomach swell as the muscles get bigger summit called the spot reduction myth might be wrong tho


    Spot reduction is the burning off of bodyfat from a specific area of the body by exercising the muscles of that area (usually the stomach), and is indeed impossible.

    Working your abs with a reasonable resistance will increase the size of your abs, which is presumably what you are referring to as "make your stomach swell", but this isn't really a fair description of muscular hypertrophy.
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