Abs work, which exercises, how often.

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    Apr 05, 2007 10:06 PM GMT
    Hi guys, looked through the posts on abs and didn't really find an answer. I am trying to lose weight and add muscle. I lift 3 days a week, do cardio for 3. I have not been doing much abs work on the theory that until I get rid of the remaining flab, it won't show anyway. Wrong?
    I do about 100 sit-ups or leg raises currently. Have gone from 36- 32 in pants size (YEA!). There are a confusing number of abs exercises out there. Should I be doing more than I am currently? You all give great advice. Thanks in advance.
  • UTB1

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    Apr 06, 2007 2:05 AM GMT
    Not that I am an expert, but u need to up the number of crunches u are doing. I do about 350 a day and it is starting to pay off. My goal is to get to 500 per day. Make sure u watch how much weight u use if you are on a machine - ab muscles are like anything else if u add weight, they get bigger. I think what u want to do is increase reps and keep weight to a minimum. Not sure about some of the dudes I see that have ripped bods and these large guts that are all muscle - but are not flat - know what I mean.

    Good luck nonetheless u are making great progress.
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    Apr 06, 2007 2:59 AM GMT
    Thanks UTB1. I will up my reps. Wow, 350 a day is impressive.
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    Apr 06, 2007 6:26 AM GMT
    make sure you work the transvere abdominus (sp?). all the appearance starts there - pulls everything "in"
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    Apr 06, 2007 4:39 PM GMT
    Thanks Hotversguy! What would be good for this? Twisting crunches?
  • GQjock

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    Apr 08, 2007 10:16 AM GMT
    Here's a couple of things you need to do ...
    great that you're seeing progress
    and about the weight in the middle?
    you're right ab work won't get rid of it
    there is no such thing as spot reduction
    so you'll have to lose the overall weight to get rid of it thru diet (very important)
    and exercise
    ...here is the best thing to get into your head...if you add on muscle your overall metabolism will go up and you'll lose fat faster...muscle burns more cals than fat or any other tissue in the body
    so weights are very important
    ab training is important because they are part of the core muscles
    and they are almost completely resistant to overtraining...hit them as often as possible
    Don't do the samething all the time...muscles esp abs get accustomed to work very quickly
    try four or five sets of at least 25 reps
    of diff exercises
    ...you'll def see a difference