Apollo's Belt, the V, abdominal training

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    Jun 04, 2008 7:15 PM GMT
    It seems redundant to bring up abdominal training, when it must be the most well covered topic out there. However, I can't find any specific information on the best 6-pack method that won't bulk up the obliques, while emphasizing the coveted "apollo's belt" or "v-line."

    Anyone have opinions on that?

    Thanks,
    Jon
  • auryn

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    Jun 04, 2008 7:59 PM GMT
    An old trainer of mine told me that weighted inverted sit ups help to form that. I remember one day I was doing them, and even though she was working with someone else, she walked over to a rack and added 5 lbs more weight to what I had.
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    Jun 04, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    Ok...
    here's the primer on how to get those Da Vinci lines
    or Apollo's belt as you call them

    These Lines are the bottom of the ab muscles and twist the legs in, up and toward the centerline of the body

    the most efficient and best exercise
    is what I call the twist-reverse sit-up
    You do the reverse sit-up where you raise your butt off the floor and extend your heels up toward the ceiling

    ...but as you do this - and this is the twisty part
    corkscrew your feet/legs clockwise and then counter-clockwise each time

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    Jun 04, 2008 11:48 PM GMT
    An ab wheel. Get a spotter, work on extension, but don't relax your back.

    Once you get good, put some weights on your back (a plate, so that it doesn't roll off). I got me some great ones with this exercise.
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    Jun 17, 2008 1:50 AM GMT
    Ask SFTRACKSTER:
    http://www.realjock.com/profile/18939/
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    Jun 17, 2008 2:03 AM GMT
    Is there a name for the muscles in that area?
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    Jun 17, 2008 2:49 PM GMT
    SilverBird saidIs there a name for the muscles in that area?


    Ummm ... the Apollo's belt?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo's_belt
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    Jun 17, 2008 3:06 PM GMT
    I have always had one. Mind you that it was covered in fat a lot, but the muscles where there. Sometimes I have a belt and a belly... weird.

    First, you need to really utilize your core in your day to day and support your body during cardio and lifting with both your lower and upper abs. All of the advice above is right. I can just share some things I have done, which I think have allowed me to have those lines. I was a swimmer, so I know that years of doing kick sets both in water and part of my ab workout have helped. The undulation of butterfly kick is a great way to hit all of your abs, the end part of the kick gets those lower abs. also laying on your back and flutter kicking for timed intervals will get them too. I also make sure I do plenty of lower oblique work. I prefer to treat my abs as a separate body group rather than doing abs before every workout.
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    Jun 17, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    DJBens77 said Sometimes I have a belt and a belly... weird.
    Nah, not that weird, at least that's what I have now (belly doesn't go beyond the belt). Still, I'm working on getting rid of that damn belly ...
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    Jun 17, 2008 4:07 PM GMT
    My crazy ass trainer threw something new/interesting at me just yesterday. Take a 45 pound plate and drop it on the floor with the rim side up.

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    Stand 'inside' it and then go down on your hands and walk away from it as far as you can with your toes on the inside of the rim/lip of the plate.

    Now pull the plate towards your head as far as you can. Walk away from the plate on your hands and repeat. Over and over and over....
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    Jun 17, 2008 4:18 PM GMT
    The middle section has been a struggle for me. It's still not where I want it to be. The one thing that has helped me immensely is "core trainning." I sit there and do planks and planks and more planks until I'm screaming from pain. I still need to work on my abs more though.
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    Jul 01, 2008 2:14 AM GMT
    hey, Harry:
    http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/25135785.html