Switching it up with ab workouts

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    Sep 19, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    I know, I know I started another ab topic. But, I promise I looked around for the answer first.

    So, here's the dilemma. I've recently started working out harder to get toned and see more definition in my chest, abs, and arms. I run every other day to keep in shape and shed off some bad weight and the days in between I do the insanity cardio abs workout. I've seen great results from it but feel I could see more results of I switch it up a little. Any advice on good ab workouts to work out the lower abs and strengthen that love handle area? I Definetly like the idea of a video to follow along to like the insanity DVDs but I'll take anything right now.

    Thanks guys. Excited to be part of the real jock community.
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    Sep 19, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    Front and side planks.
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    Sep 20, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidFront and side planks.


    Absolutely! Also I've heard that doing pelvic tilts and lower back workouts will also help increase the lower abs as well. icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 21, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    censorthis1 said
    paulflexes saidFront and side planks.


    Absolutely! Also I've heard that doing pelvic tilts and lower back workouts will also help increase the lower abs as well. icon_wink.gif
    An inversion table (or boots) is the best ab/core workout I've ever done. Try touching your toes 20 times or more while upside down. icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 21, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    Try dead bugs. There are different variations, including some with weights. You can look it up online.
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    Sep 21, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidFront and side planks.


    I love what plank does for me
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    Sep 21, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    Planks have never done much for me, but to each his own.
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    Sep 21, 2012 9:56 PM GMT
    Another AB topic! I say more AB topics! Better than those idiot guy above you threads.
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    Sep 21, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    Bustamante saidAnother AB topic! I say more AB topics! Better than those idiot guy above you threads.


    What do you think about the guy above you's abs?
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    Sep 24, 2012 2:46 PM GMT
    DudeInNOVA said
    Bustamante saidAnother AB topic! I say more AB topics! Better than those idiot guy above you threads.


    What do you think about the guy above you's abs?


    I can't see them, his beard is getting in the way.
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    Sep 26, 2012 2:43 PM GMT
    Trollileo saidDo the C-sit position exercises in Cardio Abs with a medicine ball.


    Awesome idea. Thanks!
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    Sep 26, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    Guys, if Jud Dean can't get you to do "Flutter Kicks" and "Hanging Leg Raises" nothing can icon_wink.gif




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    Sep 27, 2012 8:02 PM GMT
    Tabata's work really well for me. There's a great free app for the I-phone (dunno about droids) that does the time for you and beeps in your ear.

    For example a 4 exercise tabata would consist of:

    Weighted sit-ups w/ twists
    L raises (without touching the back of the machine)
    1 legged tuck ins with a ball (essentially grab a medicine ball put your feet on it and hands on the ground fully extend. Then pull your legs in. I do one-legged.)
    Toe touches (Feet up in the air and grab your toes)

    If you don't know what a tabata is its 8 rounds with 20 seconds of exercise and 10 seconds off. So you do as many as you can in 20 seconds then take 10 seconds off. Once you get into a rhythm you should be able to hit the same mark each time. It's fucking hard though. But I love it.

    A good way to keep you motivated too is to write down your final score (so take the lowest number of reps from each round and add them together for a total. Keep track so next week if you want to get better try the same workout a few weeks down the road and see if you're stronger.)

    I do this once a week. I work my abs 4 times a week. Tabata's are very taxing.

    Hope this helps.
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    Sep 29, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
    Inverted weighted crunches every other day. Sucks. A lot. Not in the good way. But it works.
  • krby1414

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    Oct 06, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    im no expert by any means but anything weighted works for me...decline situps. also, raise your feet a few inches off the ground and hold for as long as you can. when you can throw some weight on your feet. i put 15-20lbs, but i can only hold it for 5-10 seconds at a time. v-situps with a hold at the top are good too. oh and plenty of pushups/pull ups. they work the core plenty