Instant Ab Flatteners

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    Oct 05, 2009 2:35 PM GMT
    Achieving a toned, sexy tummy might seem like a pipe dream this time of year. Baggy sweaters abound, egg nog is served and Frosty the Snowman doesn't offer much in the way of flat-belly inspiration. But getting a sleek, sexy stomach is easier than you think. Spend just five minutes a day on toning your abs and you'll get an amazing middle.

    We rounded up five of the most effective tummy toners around. Work three or four of these exercises into your routine (easing them in will minimize soreness). Do the number of reps indicated, resting one minute between moves. The only equipment you will need is a hand towel. Washboard abs, here you come!

    Pike 90
    Lie faceup; raise legs until perpendicular to floor, feet flexed. Lower right leg so it hovers 1 or 2 inches off floor and place hands lightly behind head. In this position, do 15 crunches, lifting chest toward ceiling and lowering. Switch legs and repeat.

    Crunchy frog
    Sit with knees bent, feet flat. Keeping legs together, raise feet several inches and bring knees toward chest. Wrap arms around knees without touching legs. Extend legs and stretch arms to sides, palms forward. Return to wrapped-arm position; repeat. Do 15 reps.

    Tornado
    Stand with feet hip-width apart, right leg in front of left, right foot turned out. Bend elbows and raise arms out to sides at shoulder level (like goalposts). In one motion, raise right knee to lowered right elbow. Return to start; switch sides and repeat to complete one rep. Do 15 reps.

    Corkscrew
    Lie faceup. Press legs together and raise them toward ceiling until they're at a 90-degree angle, with knees slightly bent and toes pointed. Raise butt and legs off floor using ab muscles; twist legs slightly to left. Repeat, twisting to right, for one rep. Do 15 reps.

    Side arm balance
    Start on floor on knees. Lean to left and place left hand on floor under shoulder; extend right arm up and to left, palm down. Straighten right legs out to right with foot on floor, resting on left knee. Hold for 5 breaths. Return to start; switch sides. Repeat twice per side.

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    Oct 05, 2009 3:30 PM GMT
    OR

    One could just suck his (or her) stomach in for pictures and hope that nobody can tell the difference.
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    Oct 05, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    THe "vacuum exercise" is often overlooked maybe because no one believes something so simple could be so effective.
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    Oct 05, 2009 3:55 PM GMT
    Yep, vacuums work.
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    Oct 05, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidYep, vacuums work.

    Apparently so does spot training according to this article. Eat whatever you want people, you get a six pack as long as you work only your abs out.

    Copy and paste articles as forum posts make my eyes bleed.
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    Oct 05, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    Pinny saidApparently so does spot training according to this article. Eat whatever you want people, you get a six pack as long as you work only your abs out.


    Yes, which is precisely why you see all these fat chicks doing nothing but abs and seeing zero results. Whoever wrote this article was an idiot because having washboard abs is determined by overall body fat percentage and not by "spot cleaning".

    This thread is stoopud.
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    Oct 05, 2009 4:25 PM GMT
    Pinny said
    chuckystud saidYep, vacuums work.

    Apparently so does spot training according to this article. Eat whatever you want people, you get a six pack as long as you work only your abs out.

    Copy and paste articles as forum posts make my eyes bleed.


    What article?

    Visible abs are mostly a function of being lean. Spot reduction is a myth. Things like sweat belts, if anything, hinder your performance.

    However, you need to exercise your abs along with everything else, as a matter of good practice, however, in order to have visible abs you need to be lean.

    You can have visible abs at a lean 250, or a tiny 125.

    Number one thing: eat. Number two thing: do balanced workouts. Number three thing: do HIIT. Number four thing: rest. Repeat.
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    Oct 05, 2009 5:29 PM GMT
    retarded marketing gimmicks nothing better than good old fashioned nutrition and regular ab training
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    Oct 05, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
    I'm not sure what's going on here, but surely nobody's arguing the expert opinion of our master of abs OP, are they?
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    Oct 05, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    thanks Gilad!
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    Oct 05, 2009 5:56 PM GMT
    chuckystud said
    What article?

    http://health.yahoo.com/experts/healthieryou/5882/instant-ab-flatteners/

    I just googled the first line.

    BTW you did sense the sarcasm in my "spot reduction" statement, right?
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    Oct 07, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
    Good articles that are related to posts here on RJ are greatly appreciated G_Force. A proper credit to where the original article came from would have been nice so that it didn't seem like you were writing this from your own knowledge and experience though.

    Thanks anyway...
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    Oct 07, 2009 8:27 PM GMT
    I was wondering about the "flat" stomach thing.

    I have six pack abs... when I flex. And the rest of the time, my stomach, which has very little fat on it, seems to pop out a little bit... lol, like when I eat, for instance.

    Is this just my structure? Or can my abs simply be flattened out by strengthening my abs/ core further?
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    Oct 07, 2009 8:36 PM GMT
    ZbmwM5 saidI was wondering about the "flat" stomach thing.

    I have six pack abs... when I flex. And the rest of the time, my stomach, which has very little fat on it, seems to pop out a little bit... lol, like when I eat, for instance.

    Is this just my structure? Or can my abs simply be flattened out by strengthening my abs/ core further?


    Hard to say without seeing, but a very common issue is weakness in the deepest postural muscles, which often shows itself in collapsed tummies. Many people with good muscle structure still have bad posture and could look a great deal better if they sorted it out.