Abdominal and Core Workouts

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    Apr 22, 2014 6:40 PM GMT
    How do you train your midsection?

    My current routine is:

    Leg Raises 4x20
    Decline Crunches 4x20
    Decline Twists 4x20
    Cross-Body Crunches 8x20

    I've done this for a while and am looking for some variety.
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    Apr 22, 2014 8:17 PM GMT
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  • BAHBAA

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    Apr 22, 2014 9:07 PM GMT
    I love cable crunches, really have made a huge difference for me
  • laxer1985

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    Apr 22, 2014 11:27 PM GMT
    Try this:

    40 mountain climbers
    30 sit-ups
    20 russian twists with a 25lbs plate
    10 sprawls

    Ten rounds. Aim for under 30 minutes.

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    Apr 23, 2014 12:25 AM GMT
    Man, core is tough.

    I would suggest a core routine every day (because the abdominals do not respond like, biceps, for example)

    These guys need constant stress (read abdominal workout)

    But ... I would also recommend kettlebell workouts.

    The Core is King!

    Tommy
  • KittenpasteCo...

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    Apr 23, 2014 1:28 AM GMT
    I pretty much only do ab-wheels. :p
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    Apr 23, 2014 2:14 AM GMT
    Try alternate single leg raises with an action hero pose using the AbOriginals on a high bar. Then do side leg raises. I'd like to get back into inversion boots as well, but i do find the single leg routine does a nice cut.
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    Apr 23, 2014 4:21 AM GMT
    I literally have not done a crunch or situp in years. I just switch up various forms of cardio (run, bike, climb) and diet. I hate ab workouts. icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 23, 2014 6:08 AM GMT
    Visible abs are a function of body fat levels. Anything that works the various muscles in the abs will work (see any muscular anatomy chart). Nothing esoteric is really needed. The best ab exercise is high intensity interval training to reduce body fat levels.

    Large meals, and over working / over developing the area will make you thicker there, but, it's almost unavoidable if you work with heavy weights.

    Core workouts are fine, but, be careful with kettle bells, and getting a momentum injury.
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    Apr 23, 2014 3:39 PM GMT
    Chuckystud is right-- diet and cardio are more important than intense ab work, for aesthetics at least. But a strong core benefits lifting and overall strength too.

    There are some great ab workout apps for Android and IOS-- just search "ab workout" and download onto your phone. Some are directories of dozens of individual exercises, and some group them into routines that are also set to music. I use these for my core work-- they're great and offer lots of motivation and variety.