Yet another abs question

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    Aug 02, 2007 5:40 PM GMT
    I don't do ab exercises. At this weight they probably won't make a difference.

    When, if at all, should I start?
  • GQjock

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    Aug 02, 2007 10:25 PM GMT
    Yesterday...
    Seriously my man
    I know you probably feel intimidated and you don't know really how to do them - but it's all in the moving the body around
    The more you do and the more you let those muscles shift you around the better off you'll be
    Start sweatin' :)
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    Aug 03, 2007 3:36 AM GMT
    They always make a difference... Core strengthening exercises aren't just for aesthetics... Working your abs (and lower back muscles, which are just as important, even if too few people pay attention to them) are important for a variety of reasons, and will reap big benefits in your posture.
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    Aug 03, 2007 4:36 AM GMT
    agree totally w/gqjock and italmusclebtm. even though you can't see your abs now, imo, core training is the most important thing to train. when your core is strong the rest of your body will follow. you'll be able to do so much more with your life. a weak core will really hold you back. good luck :)
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    Aug 03, 2007 6:17 AM GMT
    Try a Pilates class. It is a great way to get into shape and strengthen your core, while needless to say targeting those problem areas.

    Good luck!
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    Aug 03, 2007 6:44 AM GMT
    Agree totally with most of these responses.

    Even if you can't manage a washboard 8 pack, it is very important to your overall strength and wellbeing that you take care of your core.

    A huge misconception in strength training is that exercises for your arm use strength from the arm, and exercises for the legs get their strength from the legs. The truth is that almost all exercises start by sourcing strength from your core, which then explodes through your arm or leg etc.

    You need to also think of your abs as a belt. They orginate from your back and wrap around through your midsection. One of the main functions of abdominal muscles are to keep you upright. You could not stand up without them. Therefore you can now see that keeping them strong and fit will assist you with posture and can even eliminate back and neck pain.

    So having an 8 pack isn't even close to being the most important reason to do ab exercises.

    good luck with it!
  • DiverScience

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    Aug 03, 2007 8:04 PM GMT
    For the most part, ab work isn't to give you a six pack. That's 90% fat loss.

    Ab work holds in your guts and strengthens your core. It helps you hold yourself in form when you're doing curls or squats. Combined with lower back work it prevents huge amounts of back/hip injuries.

    So the answer is, as above, yesterday. Everyone should work their core. For posture, for health, for injury prevention, if not anything else.
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    Aug 03, 2007 10:11 PM GMT
    Just to underline the other excellent responses - when I injured my lower back my rehab was core work, core work, and more core work. Power in swimming (and other sports of course) originates in the core, so I always tell people if they can't do anything else to do ab work.

    Google "ab exercises" and you'll find everything you'll need to get started.
  • HotCoach

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    Sep 05, 2007 1:20 AM GMT
    Your abs are already there. You just have to take the cover off. I never work the abs but I run, and bike, and swim, and ski etc. Working your abs to get the 6-pack washboard effect is strictly for show.
    Core training is also overrated. No matter what you do your working your core.
    Most importantly, enjoy what you do; make exercise part of your life not something you do occasionally.
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    Sep 05, 2007 2:04 AM GMT
    These guys are all right on. It takes time and a conscience effort to clean up your diet. So don't give up. I dropped from 19% body fat to 8% in a year, once I learned how to eat right, and I'm never hungry. Cardio is also your best way of getting rid of body fat.
    Good luck
    Joe
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    Nov 20, 2007 7:46 PM GMT
    Just Stay active and Dance alot. Make sure you eat greens and other Vegetables daily. Join some type of wightloss class or site. I would Suggest Coachgreg to you. He looks great and I'm sure he can get you there too.icon_wink.gif