Crunching Too Much??

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    Jun 27, 2008 11:24 AM GMT
    Is there a such thing as doing ab exercises too much? I do not want to increase my waistline, but I do want work my abs. How often and for how long should I be doing ab exercises? What ab exercises should I avoid if my goal is not to increase my waistline? What ab exercises are good for trimming or maintaining your waistline?
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    Jun 27, 2008 11:30 AM GMT
    Just recently RJ featured an exercise for keeping the core tight. It's called the Vacuum...

    http://www.realjock.com/workout/1096/
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    Jun 27, 2008 11:40 AM GMT
    Yeah, I just read about that one, but I can't be doing the vacuum by itself. So, when I am doing ab exercises, what exercises (other than the vacuum) will help me keep my waistline small or make it smaller? What ab exercises should I avoid if I do not want to make my waist larger?
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    Jun 27, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    Go the the RJ workout articles section. Type "core" in the search box, and you'll get 30 or 40 fun things for your amusement and torture. A month or two of focus on a subset of these of your choosing, and I'll bet you $1 you lose an inch minimum.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 28, 2008 6:33 AM GMT
    Generally ab work won't make you look any Thicker
    with a few exceptions

    ...stay away from any weighted ab work
    the general rule where weights add mass is true
    and your midsection is really the one place on your body
    where you don't want more mass
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    Jun 28, 2008 4:28 PM GMT
    Ok. So, no ab exercises with weights . . . got it. Thanks!
  • metta

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    Jun 28, 2008 5:20 PM GMT
    Caslon4000 saidJust recently RJ featured an exercise for keeping the core tight. It's called the Vacuum...

    http://www.realjock.com/workout/1096/



    damn....that last video...

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  • Artesin

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    Jun 29, 2008 11:49 PM GMT
    Though for balance wouldnt you want to incorporate some weighted ab exercises, just to build all muscles within proportion, it would seem quite odd if a person has a huge chest but tiny abs, seems like it would be taxing on other muscles which have to pick up the slack too.