Those pesky, lower abs!

  • gsh1964

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    May 06, 2008 7:06 AM GMT
    I'm trying to get info on how to actually work your lower abs. I have no problem with my uppers, but those stinkin' lower one's drive me crazy.icon_mad.gif
    Any tips?? Thanks for the input.
  • GQjock

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    May 06, 2008 10:51 AM GMT
    Yeah... here's one

    Go to the refrigerator Open the door

    ...and close it again
    repeat for 12 -15 reps and then walk away

    If your upper abs are fine...your lower abs are fine too
    it's just that men hold onto fat best right there in the lower torso
    to be happy with your abs you're going to have to get rid of some of the body fat
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    May 06, 2008 1:12 PM GMT
    GQ is entirely right, but I've found that this exercise from the RJ muscle building workout really hits the lowers.

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    May 06, 2008 1:44 PM GMT
    I was having the same issue with lower abs. Tried the exercise suggested above and it really isolates the area. Thanks for advice
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    May 06, 2008 2:04 PM GMT
    Just cut a good amount of fat out of your diet. 70% of weight loss is attributed to diet!
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    May 06, 2008 2:25 PM GMT
    Aside from diet and cardio modifications, lie on your back with your legs straight up in the air (90 degrees). Then push your legs DIRECTLY up (no angle at all) and slowly come back down. Try 1-2 sets of 10-20. It's killer but you'll definately feel it.
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    May 06, 2008 3:44 PM GMT
    This is probably one of the most asked questions by men. Honestly, the key is diet and cardio. You could do a million crunch's daily, ( which I don't advise ) leg lifts, every unique and challenging ab workout imaginable and if you aren't eating properly and burning fat you will never see the results you want. If you are lucky by genetics it might be easier to maintain but not all of us are that lucky. Even 5lbs over 150 for me quickly shows on my abs. I hate it. Be patient to see the results you desire.
  • gsh1964

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    May 06, 2008 5:11 PM GMT
    Thanks to everyone for your input.
    Yes, I agree with the diet thing. I pretty much have that down. Plus, I've added drinking at least a gallon of water a day. Seeing really good results from that. Accept for having to run to the bathroom every 1/2 hour... haha!!
    I agree that it does take patience and dedication.

    Thanks again,
    Greg icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 06, 2008 5:59 PM GMT
    Pilates
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    May 07, 2008 3:43 AM GMT
    Just an FYI, "lower abs" is a misnomer. Technically there is the rectus abdominus. It runs from the pelvis to the rib cage. Motor units in muscles work on the all or nothing principle. The whole motor unit fires or it doesn't. Any exercise that works the "abs" also works the "lower abs" All the others who've posted about diet are 100% correct. Watch what you eat and watch those lower abs appear.
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    May 07, 2008 3:49 AM GMT
    one of the new favorites at my gym is holding a barbell to prevent body shirt you take your legs tounch the plate cone to the ground at the nuetral postition then do other side that is ONE REP guy who has been doing it is RIPPED Yeah diet is critical NOthing after 9 PM