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    Oct 30, 2007 11:42 AM GMT
    I want to work my ABS but the problem is they are so weak that everytime I try and work them I can only do so few crunches/situps/leg lifts etc... that I don't feel the benefit.

    Is there an exercise that will allow me to exercise my ABS that are weak to begin with?

    I had surgeon 10 some years ago in this area which may be the cause of the weekness.
  • jc_online

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    Oct 30, 2007 6:18 PM GMT
    start by working the stability routines, then work up to other exercises. Look up planks, side planks, etc on this site - that's where I started.
    Peace-
    JC
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    Oct 30, 2007 8:57 PM GMT
    I could only do like 3 sit ups two months ago... now I'm up to 50 lol. Just try to do a couple a day, but don't push yourself too hard icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 30, 2007 10:11 PM GMT
    Dood is gonna' be a machine.
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    Oct 30, 2007 11:42 PM GMT
    Easiest ab workout when you don't have any abs to workout is one that I started with from "Fit or Fat". Get on your back on the floor. Raise your legs perpendicular
    to the floor ,press the lower back into the floor and then start to curl your upper body towards your legs. Try to imagine that your abs pull you thru the curl. I did these for like four months until I felt like i had muscle down there to move on.
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    Oct 31, 2007 5:51 PM GMT
    And don't overwork them!

    do:

    Upper
    Lower
    Side
    Trans-Vers
    Lower Back

    (in that order)

    just a couple reps each and maybe repeat if you are strong enough. No matter what anyone says, ABS are muscles who need their rest AND need to be worked as a whole!...but to start out the plank is kind of difficult but effective..there is a lot of literature on standing pilates which may help you build a baseline first
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    Oct 31, 2007 6:00 PM GMT
    ACTUALLY engaging your lower abs first will keep them engaged and working through the remainder of your ab work out and will assist in correct pelvis placement.
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    Oct 31, 2007 6:05 PM GMT
    oh, well I'm just quoting that from David Zinczenko, Editor and chief of mens health magazine and creator of ABS diet.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 31, 2007 6:48 PM GMT
    A good place to start is "core training" Google it! Then you can work towards direct AB work Ie: sit ups, leg lifts, crunches.

    Good luck. peace

    mike3
  • in773guy

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    Nov 26, 2007 3:02 PM GMT
    It all starts with patience my friend...patience.....Took me a almost a year to get a six pack......I spent a lot of time on here looking at the workouts and taking from them what I needed.....also just approached guy's in the gym or on the beach and asked what they did.
    One thing I learned to is that everyone will develop there abs differently. Don't look at someone and say "I want those abs" you won't get them...you'll get your own.
    I started on different machines to get a basic core strength, worked for me doesn't mean it will work for you....just stick with it and don't get discouraged.
    Good luck dude.