Mid-section improvements

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    Jan 10, 2009 3:11 PM GMT
    I have a re-occurring lower back problem that I need to think about when I work out. Problem is I want to work on my stomach. I'm a relatively well proportion guy except that I have this stomach that needs toning.

    How do I flatten my stomach, punch out my ABS, work on my core, without aggravating my lower back?
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    Jan 10, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
    pilates. A good teacher will be able to show you how to strengthen the lower back and work the core far more than you believed possible. I started because of lower back problems too. There are no teachers from the kind of pilates I do (Romana´s pilates) in Ottawa (the nearest is Montreal). Just make sure you get a teacher who studied on a certification programme that lasted more than a few days or they won´t know how to deal with the problem properly. BTW expect to loose another inch or two from your waist if you keep up with it.


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    this is not my kind of pilates so I don´t know exactly what they teach, but Stott´s pilates is a big name... It branched off from my kind of pilates, ostensibly incorporating the insights of modern sports science and rehab. In any case, they have a respectable training programme and you won´t be taught by someone who only did a weekend long certification.

    http://www.fitnessedge.org/

    It´s somewhere to start enquiries...
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    Jan 10, 2009 9:02 PM GMT
    Just about any core exercise will work, but I might have to try the pilates because they're pretty intensive icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 10, 2009 9:08 PM GMT
    just about anything will work if you do it right... hence suggesting at least some pilates classes icon_biggrin.gif

    Just be careful if you have had issues with your back. I managed to injure myself in the gym a decade ago doing some stupid abs machine and that put me off gyms for a long time. Sorting out the core muscles will help back pain in many cases.
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    Jan 10, 2009 11:26 PM GMT
    RJ has the answers. Cruise their menu of core strength exercises and select the ones that work for you.

    http://www.realjock.com/contentsearch/?musclegroup=5