the verdict on ab assist

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    Dec 09, 2007 10:55 PM GMT
    hey so i have something similar and was wondering how helpful these are. how many a day should i do?

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    Dec 10, 2007 2:31 AM GMT
    If abs were that easy everyone would have a six pack

    abs are all diet.
  • bigguysf

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    Dec 10, 2007 4:29 AM GMT
    I have never found equipment like this to be useful for ab work. They are pretty much one size fits all and aren't very comfortable for me to do any ab work. A crunch with good technique servers me just as well.

    For a bigger piece of equipment (no pun intended), the Abench is a great piece of equipment I use at Golds that can work your abs in many ways. Here is a picture of one that uses weights http://www.fullcirclepadding.com/index.cfm?event=ProdDisplay&PadSubcategoryID=561.

    One last suggestion for good abdominal and core strength is to try out the Ab workout exercises that Realjock recently featured on the homepage. I have pretty good abs and they are still kicking my ass.

    So there you have it... Now, if you want your abs to show, that is a whole other issue of diet. icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 10, 2007 5:04 AM GMT
    what do you mean diet? i dont eat anything fatty so yeah.
  • bigguysf

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    Dec 10, 2007 7:01 AM GMT
    Not "diet" like cutting calories, per se. But if you wanted to have a six-pack, it's all about getting them to show. So cutting back on carbs (beer, bread, pasta, potatoes) and excess sugars and fat is what will help get rid of the fat around your midsection/tummy area to show your newly-ripped abs.

    It's tough, but doable if you are disciplined about what you eat. And a lot easier to maintain once you get there. If having a six-pack isn't important though, then just focus on the ab and core strengthening aspect.
  • 2theTEE

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    Dec 10, 2007 9:46 AM GMT
    ^^^

    I definitely agree. Achieving visible abs is the hard part and maintaining them is a whole lot easier..especially with a great diet regimen.

    Oh, and I used to do 300 hundred reps for 3 sets ( this was years ago ) on the ab roller and my abs had never magically appeared. My diet was also really horrible back then, just...horrible.

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    Dec 10, 2007 11:45 AM GMT
    I mean I used to do a thousand sit ups a day. this will lead to a rock hard stomach, and a little deinition but I know that if I really want my six pack to show I am going to have to eat right, and by right I mean I have to watch my caloric intake, and watch how I am making that caloric intake. I know if I want a six pack i should eat about 1800 calories a day which is a caloric deficit of about 800 calories for me, for about 2 months. this will allow me to burn of the excess fat on my body, and so you know the fat on your abs is generally the last fat to go. beyond that I need to make sure that i am getting my calories in the right way. I could get 1800 calories by eatting white bread, but that is not going to help me. I have to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. I find bananas and oranges are a good way to feel full and not get alot of calories, as well as plates of brocolli. I know you are vegetarian / vegan so my other advice for what to eat wont be taken. The other thing I eat alot of is very lean protein namely chicken, this is low in calories is you eat skinless chicken breast, and a great source of protein. you could try Myoplex protein shakes in the place of chicken, they are high in protein low in fat and not to bad on the carbs. I would recommend the chocolate flavor or if you want to make them higher and calories and mix them with orange juice the strawberry is fantastic.
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    Dec 10, 2007 3:18 PM GMT
    I eat pretty healthy now as it is, I do like bread though I won't lie. I figure that the bagels, and bread and shit gets taken care of through cardio workouts though.

    chungo I don't know what myoplex is I will look into it and see if its vegan. Right now I have been using Vega which is 25g of Protein and tastes really good, it also has omega 3's and maca for muscle regeneration so it seems promising. http://www.myvega.com/products/
  • bigguysf

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    Dec 10, 2007 3:37 PM GMT
    Hate to rain on your carb parade Hippie, but the bagels and other carbs like that have to go. No amount of cardio (other than really extreme running/biking) will be able to counter their effect.
    Trust me... I used to love a bagel everyday.
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    Dec 10, 2007 11:19 PM GMT
    *cries* what about whole wheat bagels?
  • GQjock

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    Dec 11, 2007 1:08 AM GMT
    Gettin back to the ab question...
    Basically all it takes is your abs - gravity and a little calorie expenditure on your part
    everything else? No - is not needed
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    Dec 11, 2007 1:21 AM GMT
    Years ago I found it to be a useful device. I used to do hundreds of good ol' fashioned sit ups. Then when I joined my first gym they had one of these new fangled ab assist devices, and boy did it hurt!

    So, it was useful to learn how to do a crunch, but after that it just took up space and found its way to the curb eventually.
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    Dec 11, 2007 2:55 AM GMT
    munching i find that it is more comfortable to have the support of it in doing crunches, and also it makes sure u do proper form.